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Dr. Robert J. Wirsing

External Researcher

Dr. Robert G. Wirsing is a member of the faculty of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii. A specialist on South Asian politics and international relations, he has made over 40 research trips to the South Asian region since 1965. His recent research focuses primarily on the politics and diplomacy of natural resources (water and energy) in South Asia. Dr. Wirsing’s publications include Pakistan’s Security under Zia, 1977-1988 (St. Martin’s Press, 1991); India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute (St. Martin’s Press, 1994); Kashmir in the Shadow of War (M. E. Sharpe, 2002); Religious Radicalism & Security in South Asia, co-editor (Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, 2004); and Ethnic Diasporas & Great Power Strategies in Asia, co-editor (India Research Press, 2007).

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Robert J. Wirsing

  • Baloch Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Energy Resources: The Changing Context of Separatism in Pakistan

    April 17, 2008

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Wirsing.
    The author argues that Pakistan’s rapidly mounting energy insecurity magnifies the economic and strategic importance of Pakistan’s sprawling and energy-critical southwestern province of Balochistan, while it simultaneously complicates Pakistan’s efforts for coping with the province’s simmering Baloch tribal separatist insurgency. He concludes that Pakistan’s government needs to overhaul its counterinsurgent policies to avoid protracted conflict and to enlist the Baloch as partners in energy development, not antagonists of it.

  • Asian Security to the Year 2000

    December 01, 1996

    Authored by Mr. Abraham Kim, Prof. Marc Jason Gilbert, Mr. Perry L. Wood, Prof. Paul H.B. Godwin, Dr. Robert J. Wirsing, Dr. William J. Taylor, Jr.. Edited by LTC Dianne L. Smith.
    This compendium of papers from the conference examines the security policies being pursued by many of the key Asian actors--China, the Koreas, Pakistan, and the nations of Southeast Asia, particularly those in ASEAN. The contributors to this volume paint the picture of a dynamic and diverse Asia on the verge of the new century. Each author identifies the critical issues which frame both challenges