The Council on Foreign Relations sponsored this project in early 1996 because it felt that changing circumstances (detailed in the report) called for a thorough reconsideration of the US approach to the major power of South Asia. The task force was charged with surveying the situation and current US policy, and coming up with recommendations for US policymak-ers. The transition to a new administration, in turn, provides a useful opportunity to contribute to public and governmental debate on the subject.
Can the report persuade US policy-makers to move beyond equating India with Pakistan?
I'm not sure that they currently do so, although I know that perception is widespread in India. Certainly, the task force report argues forcefully against any such equation, recognising the difference in Pakistan and India's situation and laying out separate policies specially tailored for each.
Some people see the task force's conclusions as a...