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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.

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Image 1: Wellington Experience Report cover via the Stimson Center

Image 2: Quetta Experience Report cover via the Wilson Center

Articles in Collection

A Response to the South Asian Voices Series: “Reviewing the Quetta and Wellington Experience” Defense & Security
Evolution and Consistency in the Pakistan Army: A Review of the Quetta Experience Defense & Security

Evolution and Consistency in the Pakistan Army: A Review of the Quetta Experience

Col. (retd.) David O. Smith’s work The Quetta Experience: A…

Institutional Perspectives and Foreign Policy: A Review of The Quetta Experience Defense & Security

Institutional Perspectives and Foreign Policy: A Review of The Quetta Experience

For observers of South Asian geopolitics, the Pakistan Army (PA)…

Quetta and Wellington: Attitudes and Threat Perceptions of the Indian and Pakistani Armies Video & Audio

Quetta and Wellington: Attitudes and Threat Perceptions of the Indian and Pakistani Armies

In the webinar following the South Asian Voices  series Reviewing the…

The Wellington Experience: An Appraisal Defense & Security

The Wellington Experience: An Appraisal

Colonel David O. Smith has adopted a unique methodology in…

Threat Perceptions and Priorities in the Indian Army: A Review of the Wellington Experience Defense & Security

Threat Perceptions and Priorities in the Indian Army: A Review of the Wellington Experience

Col. (retd.) David O. Smith’s The Wellington Experience: A Study of…

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