Published in THE HINDU, January 5, 2013
http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/nonstate-actors-who-bring-nations-closer/article4273803.ece Peter Jones
Track Two encourages new thinking and develops cadres of credible people who advocate new ideas for governments to consider
A controversy erupted recently over Track Two discussions regarding the Siachen issue. “Track Two Diplomacy” is a term with which much mythology is associated. Some proponents believe that it can cut through the red tape of conventional diplomacy and resolve intractable problems. Critics argue that it is both a useless waste of time and a sinister plot to induce guileless Indians to sell out national interests — often the critics make these contradictory arguments in the same breath.