Unlike several regions of the world where seemingly intractable disputes are being resolved, South Asia’s international politics are moving in the opposite direction — toward rather than away from conflict. Pakistan’s relations with India in the mid-1990s are bad and worsening. Diplomatic discourse between the two countries is routinely nasty in tone and continues to be dominated by two vexing issues: the long-standing dispute over the status of the former Indian princely state of Jammu and Kashmir (hereinafter referred to as “Kashmir”) and the more recent but equally volatile “nuclear question.”