Wednesday, June 29, 2005

U.S. State Department Report Focuses on 1971 India-Pakistan War

This e-volume documents the foreign policy of the Nixon administration toward South Asia, 1969-1972, and should be read in conjunction with Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, Volume XI, South Asia Crisis, 1971 (GPO: Washington, March 2005; IBSN 0-16-072401-5), which documents in depth the period from March to December 1971. Together, these two volumes provide full coverage of U.S. policy toward the larger countries of South Asia. For the period January 1969 to February 1971 and all of 1972, the e-volume released today provides full coverage of U.S. policy toward India and Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the newly created state of Bangladesh. The e-volume also contains documentation that supplements the print volume XI. These additional documents on India and Pakistan for the period March to December 1971 include intelligence assessments, key messages from the U.S. Embassies in Islamabad and New Delhi and the Consulate General in Dacca, responses to National Security Study Memoranda, and full transcripts of Presidential tape recordings that are summarized and excerpted in editorial notes in volume XI.