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Kittrie presents expertise on U.S., India policy concerns

December 01, 2008

Professor Orde Kittrie, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently was interviewed on Al Jazeera World News about the terror attack in Mumbai, India. The two live interviews aired on Thursday, Nov. 27.

Al Jazeera, described as the most-watched news channel in the Middle East, is a global 24-hour news channel headquartered in Qatar, with broadcast centers in Doha, Qatar; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, and Washington, D.C.

Kittrie was asked what policy concerns the Mumbai attacks might raise in the United States, and how the U.S. government might respond.

“In addition to the welfare of the victims, the United States has three main policy concerns that will be triggered by these attacks,” Kittrie said.

“The United States wants nuclear-armed Pakistan to remain as stable as possible. This attack, which was apparently supported by Pakistani radicals, raises concerns about the Pakistani government's degree of control over its territory. 

“The United States wants to keep tensions between India and Pakistan from spiraling into nuclear war between them, and this attack increases tensions between the two countries. 

“The United States is eager for Pakistan to crack down on ITS Islamic radicals, and this attack shows the radicals on the offensive rather than the defensive." 

Kittrie also said there has been talk of President-elect Barack Obama naming Bill Clinton as a mediator between Indian and Pakistan, and stated that “if those rumors are true, this attack just made Bill Clinton's job a lot more difficult.” 

Kittrie is a leading expert on issues at the intersection of international security law and policy.   Prior to joining the ASU law faculty in 2004, he served for 11 years in the U.S. State Department, including as Director for International Anti-Crime Programs, Senior Attorney for Nuclear Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs.  Kittrie worked extensively on counter-terrorism and India-Pakistan issues in all three positions.

Judy Nichols,
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of La