In the aftermath of the terrorist violence in India, at least 174 people are dead, the country’s top law enforcement official has resigned and an investigation is underway looking at possible ties to extremist groups in Pakistan. In addition to raising questions about India’s vulnerability to terrorism, the attacks have contributed to rising tensions between Pakistan and India. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will head to the region on Wednesday to offer U.S. support in responding to the attacks.
On December 3, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion on the Mumbai attacks. The discussion focused on the extremist networks allegedly responsible for the assaults, the increasing tensions between India and Pakistan, how India and the U.S. should respond to the crisis and the repercussions for the broader region and the NATO mission in Afghanistan in particular.
Panelists included Brookings Foreign Policy experts Stephen Cohen, Vanda Felbab-Brown and Bruce Riedel. Brookings Senior Fellow Daniel Benjamin, director of the Center on the United States and Europe, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.