South Asian Voices contributors from India and Pakistan review The Quetta Experience and The Wellington Experience, two books by Stimson Distinguished Fellow, Col. (retd.) David Smith. Covering periods of more than three decades, the Quetta and Wellington Experience draw on Smith’s interviews with U.S. Foreign Area Officers who attended the Pakistan Army Command Staff College in Quetta and the Defence Service Staff College in Wellington, respectively. From these observations and interviews, Smith examines the Pakistani and Indian armies’ organizational culture and strategic thinking in areas including internal and external threat perceptions, attitudes towards the state, and nuclear issues.
In this series, SAV contributors discuss and evaluate the findings of each work and assess their implications for future regional relations and stability in South Asia.
Image 1: Wellington Experience Report cover via the Stimson Center
Image 2: Quetta Experience Report cover via the Wilson Center