30 October, 2012

Nuclear Stability in Southern Asia

Nuclear Stability in Southern Asia

By- P.R. Chari, Sonika Gupta and Arpit Rajain (eds)
Konrad Adenauer Foundation

India’s and Pakistan’s reciprocal nuclear tests in 1998 irrevocably altered the strategic situation in Southern Asia and sparked off a global debate on nuclear weapons, arms control and nuclear deterrence. The trilateral nature of the nuclear adversarial relation in the region, comprising the security concerns of China, India and Pakistan, presents a challenge to existing theories and practices of nuclear deterrence premised on dyadic structures. The security situation on the Indo-Pak border and its linkages with cross border terrorism has serious implications for nuclear deterrence in the region. The Kargil War, a conventional war fought under the nuclear shadow, has thrown up new challenges for Southern Asian nuclear stability. This volume discusses different aspects of nuclear weapons including doctrinal issues, nuclear confidence building, terrorism and its linkages with nuclear deterrence, and nuclear safety within the context of Southern Asia. The book taps into the vast experience of senior defence personnel involved in preparing India’s draft nuclear doctrine and senior policy and strategic analysts in the country to present a comprehensive debate on nuclear stability in the region.

P.R. Chari, former member of the Indian Administrative Service, is currently the Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. He has worked extensively on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and Indian defense issues and has authored many books on these subjects.

Sonika Gupta is Research Officer at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and a doctoral student at the Chinese Studies division, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Arpit Rajain has been working as Research Officer in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies since 1997 on WMD issues.

ISBN  81-7304-520-8   2003   222p.   Rs.450/Pounds 40

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