This text examines elite-insecurity perceptions in India, Pakistan and the USA in the 1950s. The book highlights the consequent linkages in alliance-building efforts and the subsequent triangular covert collaboration against Communist China, especially along Tibet's Himalayan frontiers. This secret alliance had an unexpected fall-out on the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. Lastly the book examines the divergence of Indo-Pakistani security policies along fundamental cleavages since the 1960s.
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S. Mahmud Ali is a broadcast journalist with the BBC World Service.
“Ali offers a through account of a little-studied but important theater of the Cold War.” —Choice
“This is a well-written study of the Cold War as played out across the high Himalayan plateau between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.” —Journal of Asian Studies
“[Ali] recounts a complex story with clarity and sensitivity.” —American Historical Review
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