On September 18 I spoke at a side meeting at the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, for the think tank European Foundation for South Asian Studies.
The title of the event "Preventing and Combating Growing Terrorism in South Asia" reflects ongoing concerns, but also critiqued thoroughly the 2018 UN OHCHR report on Kashmir by Prince Hussain of Jordan, and the curious language it uses towards jihadist groups.
The gist of my argument was that Pakistan has long utilised jihadist actors in Kashmir, and to fail to recognise this, and to categorise this as a proxy war, is a significant oversight. Equally a difference between India and those who also claim territory in Kashmir - the Chinese and Pakistanis - is that it is far easier to collect and develop critical information in India, than it is from its neighbours. Neither will ever be victims of lawfare.
On the panel I was joined by Junaid Qureshi of EFSAS and Mr Jason Wiseman, Special Advisor to the Committee on Terrorism in the EU Parliament. Joining us remotely was Dr Dorothee Vandamme of the University of Louvain. Links to their presentations are here and here. You can hear my talk on Soundcloud, and see a video of my presentation on the EFSAS video channel. Finally Indian media coverage of the panel can be seen here:
For the slides I used, download the file below.
Download Stott presentation 18 09 2018