Kashmir and Neighbours is the story of a land described by European travellers and past Indian rulers as 'Heaven on earth', and its descent into bitter international conflict and nuclear posturing. A place known for its scenic charm and philosophical tolerance, this region is now the backdrop for a 'covert war' waged since the 1980s, replete with military training camps, foreign mercenaries and religious terror groups. This book examines the prospects for peace in the region and the impact of years of bitter fighting on a Kashmir population tired of bloodshed. It details the fundamental questions at the heart of the bi-lateral talks and the motivations behind the actions of the key figures involved. With authoritative insights and superbly crafted analysis, this is an extraordinary and rewarding read.