What explains the title of your latest book ‘The Limits of Influence: America’s Role in Kashmir’?
HS: I did so for several reasons. First, there’s never been such a book I thought it is worthwhile explaining what United States position had been in all the years since 1948 when the issue first became internationally important.
The US policy on Kashmir has been touched upon more generally in books on US relations with India and with Pakistan. It’s also been touched on in conflict resolutions literature. But I thought, and particularly since I have always had a great interest in Kashmir since visiting there in the 1960s, that the time had come for such a book to be written.
Moreover, there seemed to be increased US interest in Kashmir as expressed by Barack Obama [ Images ] when he was running for the Presidency.