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Nuclear Stability in Southern Asia

PR Chari, Sonika Gupta and Arpit Rajain (Ed)

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 linkage 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.
New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2003

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Sonika Gupta and Arpit Rajain

2. Nuclear stability in Southern Asia
Ashley J. Tellis

3. Nature of the strategic triangle in Southern Asia
Jasjit Singh

4. Indo-Pakistan ties and nuclear confidence building in Southern Asia
Rajen Harshe

5. Strategic stability and the evolution of India's nuclear strategy
Rajesh M. Basrur

6. Nuclear safety
G. Balachandran

7. Nuclear doctrine in South Asia
Raja Menon

8. Nuclear stability, deterrence and terrorism
Karl-Heinz Kamp

9. Nuclear stability in Southern Asia: an Indians perspective
P.R. Chari

10. Interview with General V.P. Malik
Sonika Gupta and Arpit Rajain

About the Editors
P.R. Chari is former member of the Indian Administrative Services, has held several important positions including Additional Secretary, Ministry off Defence and Director, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses. He was International Fellow, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University, and is currently Research Professor at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS). He has worked extensively on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and Indian defence issues and is the author of many distinguished publications.

Sonika Gupta was a 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. Her publications include several newspaper and website articles on Chinese foreign policy and she has co-edited Human Security in South Asia (2003).

Arpit Rajain was a Research Officer in the institute of Peace and Conflict Studies since 1997 on WMD issues. He has co-edited Working Towards a Verification Protocol for Biological Weapons, and co-edited Biological Weapons: Issues and Threats

New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2003

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