Nuclear signals in South Asia

Vishwanathan, Arun (2013) Nuclear signals in South Asia. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. ISSN 1938-3282.

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Abstract: India, Pakistan, and China have been dancing a nuclear tango of late, taking steps that have serious implications for the entire region. Pakistan has worked assiduously to expand its fissile material stockpile while threatening to lower its nuclear threshold, claiming that its short-range missile, Nasr/Hatf-IX, is nuclear capable. These Pakistani moves are apparently meant as a counter to India’s Cold Start Doctrine, a plan for launching a conventional military attack on very short notice, even though New Delhi has denied its very existence. China, meanwhile, has continued to modernize its missile forces while fostering strategic ambiguity about its no-first-use nuclear policy. And in response to Pakistani and Chinese signals, India has publicly emphasized the survivability of its nuclear missiles, the extension of their range, and the deployment of a nuclear submarine, suggesting a powerful second-strike nuclear capability.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: International Strategic and Security Studies Programme > Security Studies
Divisions: Schools > International Strategic and Security Studies Programme
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 10:09
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:06
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