An explainer on the legal background of Jammu and Kashmir, the mechanics through which the Indian government acted, and the open questions around the government’s legal reasoning and likely next steps.
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On Aug. 5, the Indian government announced that the “special status” accorded to the state Jammu and Kashmir—which includes Ladakh—was no more. Christine Fair explains the historical and political context.
India’s statement raises questions of whether a state has a right to self-defense against a nonstate actor when the latter’s conduct has not been attributed to another state, what qualifies as an “imminent” armed attack, and whether India is endorsing the unable-or-unwilling test.