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India-Pakistan Joint Investigation: A Zero Sum Game?
Mallika Joseph

Within the rubric of joint mechanisms to counter terrorism, an idea that has been put forward is the desirability of joint investigations. This brief aims to explore the possibility of such joint investigations, and juxtapose its desirability against its feasibility, look for models for such cooperation, and finally analyse whether using these models this current zero sum game can be altered to result in alternate payoffs to create optimal wins for both players. The analysis is contextualised against the backdrop of the Mumbai attack (November 2008), which gave rise to suggestions on joint investigations.

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As a part of its ongoing project titled "Indo-Pak dialogue on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building," the Institute is publishing a series of background papers on various Indo-Pak bilateral issues. Besides, the Institute is also organizing track-II dialogue between the two countries in October 2009 in Bangkok.

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