Secret Peace Conference of Indian and Pakistani Leaders, 2020
Donald Trump’s foreign policy has had a devastating effect on the already tenuous India-Pakistan relations. His decisions to withdraw aid from Pakistan after publicly quarreling (read: tweeting) with several of Pakistan’s top military officials over Islamic extremism has lead Pakistan to seek a new superpower as its patron: China. China has fueled tons of resources into the Pakistani infrastructure and military, looking to develop it as a countermeasure of India’s growing economic dominance. India, meanwhile, has been affected by repeated Dalit rioting, especially in Gujurat. India was destabilized further in 2019 when a collapsing and cornered Daesh successfully launched a terrorist attack which killed 200 civilians and several top local lawmakers during Narendra Modi’s visit to Ahmedebad, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency. With Chinese backed forces gathering behind several Pakistani warhawks, who are still fuming over Trump’s public snub, and Modi’s supporters ramping up rhetoric about Hindu nationalism and reclaiming Kashmir, the two states are on a seemingly inescapable collision, their first war since both countries have tested their nuclear weapons. CEOs, generals, and diplomats have secretly gathered in Dhaka to attempt to launch covert peace-making efforts as the IndoPak crisis becomes the preeminent conflict threatening the global order.