On Tuesday, following what Reuters characterized as Kashmir's highest single-day death toll in over a decade, Indian and Pakistani troops continued to exchange gunfire along the disputed border. Tens of thousands of Kashmiri villagers reportedly fled the violence.
Some may be too fully immersed in the dual wars on Ebola and ISIS to notice, but ratcheted up violence between two nuclear powers over turf that the two have fought three wars over might seem like a big deal. Is it though?
To find out, I reached out to Dr. Daniel S. Markey, who is a Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.
"The potential for this to get worse is real," Markey told me. "But it would take more than this kind of event to tip it into that area."
We discussed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in late May and whose recent presence in the United States so benumbed journalists that they ran out of synonyms for "rockstar."
During his visit, the media also focused on the sudden American about-face vis-a-vis Modi, whose arrival ended a decade-long travel ban by the United States for his alleged role in the communal riots in India's Gujurat state. Roughly 2,000 Muslims died in Gujarat, where Modi served as chief minister. I wondered if this perception of him was fueling any enmity on the Pakistani side. Markey's initial answer was "Not directly."