Professor Dr. Farooq Hassan 
(Synopsis of address given at The Taj to SAPRA Delhi, 22 October, 2005)
I feel very privileged to address today this exclusive gathering of Indian intellectuals in this renowned center of thinking SPARA, India Foundation. It is an honor indeed to be invited by your renowned Center of advanced studies dealing with research on the countries of Asia. I thank you Sir and am most grateful for your gracious hospitality extended to me since my arrival in Delhi. I wish to particularly thank Indranil Banerjie who has kindly coordinated this visit and is also extended my deepest appreciation.
I will be talking today on the status and nature of the current state of détente in India –Pakistan relations and the possible consequences of the US foreign policy on this process. The Sub-Continental politics for half a century has been such that it has demoralized the expectations of many who have hoped for peace while unfolding often serious events of far reaching military and strategic implications. However, since the last year, on account of the analysis given hereinafter, a dynamics has been placed in motion which is headed hopefully towards a more predictable and stable period of friendly relations between the two bigger countries of this region, India and Pakistan.
But the period of the current state of optimism, if not euphoria, is geared towards a time frame which may be not indefinite and circumscribed by eventualities of a political nature from abroad or regional in character from factors within South Asia. From amongst the possibilities that can impact upon this evolution are primarily, though not exclusively, connected with the US foreign policy towards this region. From within the South Asian context itself, the matters to be considered are more complex and are directly relatable to the domestic’s politics of these two countries; these factors are later analyzed in this presentation today. First of all, it would be helpful to focus our attention to the relevant issues connected with the present state of this détente in South Asia. After this matter has been briefly examined we will the look at the prospects of the US political developments connected with this region and their possible impact on the current South Asian political scene.