published in The World Today
Many of the borders between India, Pakistan, and China, high in the mountains subject to dire conditions, were set in the 19th century by British colonial rulers. They seem somewhat arbitrary, not following any "obvious topography determined by natural features." This leads to localized conflicts and skirmishes between armies, who are primarily focused on survival in the mountains' rough conditions and limited in communication access to their commanders and media.
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