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The Past and The Future of India-Pakistan Relations

Dario Sršen   ORCID icon ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

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APA 6th Edition
Sršen, D. (2017). Prošlost i budućnost indijsko-pakistanskih odnosa. Mali Levijatan, 4 (1), 107-120. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Sršen, Dario. "Prošlost i budućnost indijsko-pakistanskih odnosa." Mali Levijatan, vol. 4, no. 1, 2017, pp. 107-120. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Sršen, Dario. "Prošlost i budućnost indijsko-pakistanskih odnosa." Mali Levijatan 4, no. 1 (2017): 107-120.
Sršen, D. (2017). 'Prošlost i budućnost indijsko-pakistanskih odnosa', Mali Levijatan, 4(1), pp. 107-120. Available at: (Accessed 29 July 2021)
Sršen D. Prošlost i budućnost indijsko-pakistanskih odnosa. Mali Levijatan [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2021 July 29];4(1):107-120. Available from:
D. Sršen, "Prošlost i budućnost indijsko-pakistanskih odnosa", Mali Levijatan, vol.4, no. 1, pp. 107-120, 2017. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 29 July 2021]

This paper deals with the subject of India-Pakistan relations with a primary focus on the conflict which arose between them due to gaining independence from Britain and the subsequent division of territory into the two countries. This paper provides a historical overview which follows the hypothesis that historical relations combined with the two countries' current leaderships indicate the possibility of conflict recurrence that could evolve into a regional and even global problem. Furthermore, it gives an overview of the conflicting parties' current relations and alliances. Following the initial hypothesis, a scenario is presented of a nuclear conflict that would inflict immense damage on the Kashmir and Jammu regions if realised. They both have industries that rely primarily on natural resources and it is these regions that are the focal points of the conflict. The conclusion allows for some optimism, as the great powers most likely would not become directly involved in the possible armed conflict. However, many dangers persist. History suggests that India and Pakistan could go to war for the fifth time. A war-provoking act can be expected to once again come from the Pakistani side, and the current Indian leadership would not much hesitate to respond to such provocation.

India; Pakistan; nuclear war; Kashmir; Jammu

Hrčak ID: 187013



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