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  • An Arms Race in South Asia?
    Jolie MF Wood    ·   28 Jun, 1998    ·    #118    ·    Commentary    
    The topic of the June 12 meeting at IPCS was the possibility and consequences of a nuclear arms race in South Asia . Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee made the initial presentation. This was followed by a two-hour-long exchange of views. &nbs...
  • Nuclear Testing in South Asia
    Jolie Wood    ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #115    ·    Commentary    
    The discussion followed two themes: the motivations for the tests by India , and the technical parameters of the tests. Mr. P. R. Chari, co-director of IPCS, presented a short paper outlining the first theme, motivations. Dr. G. Balachandra...
  • The IIC Discussion – A Rejoinder
       ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #114    ·    Commentary    
    The IIC discussion on 6 June highlighted the weakness in India 's approach towards policy formulation on critical issues facing the country today. It is not well informed, shaped often by individual biases and does not adequately allow ...
  • India's Nuclear Policy – An IIC Debate
       ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #113    ·    Commentary    
    A Seminar on India 's Nuclear Policy was held at the IIC on 6 June 98. Prof MGK Menon was in the Chair. Principal speaker was Shri K Subrahmanayam, Senior Defence Analyst and presently Editorial Adviser Times of India. Other speakers we...
  • India-China Relations: Business as usual or down the slippery slope?
    Giri Deshingkar    ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #112    ·    Commentary    
    The back peddling and damage-limitation exercise on the China front should not obscure the foot that the BJP’s core position on China remains the same as what was said in Mr. Vajpayee’s letter to Mr. Clinton. Despite th...
  • Stopping the Nuclear Madness in Southern Asia
       ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #111    ·    Commentary    
    Nuclear tests in South Asia in May have shaken the world. Two old adversaries, India and Pakistan , are today nuclear weapon powers. From a state of ambiguity they are now overtly nuclear preparing to deploy these weapons. S...
  • India's Strategic Misstep
    Stephen P Cohen    ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #110    ·    Commentary    
    In the three weeks since India conducted its nuclear tests, the tough talk of Indian leaders seems to have faded to a whisper. They are now proposing that their country and Pakistan sign a treaty agreeing not to be the first to use...
  • Clinton's China Grovel
       ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #109    ·    Commentary    
    On Friday, May 15, with much fanfare and import, the State Department sent a "high-level delegation" to persuade Pakistan not to explode a nuclear bomb. So much for American persuasiveness.     Perhaps the...
  • Use Incentives, Not Sanctions, To Head Off an Arms Race
       ·   08 Jun, 1998    ·    #108    ·    Commentary    
    In order to avoid a slide into nuclear anarchy after India and Pakistan 's nuclear tests, major policy initiatives are called for. These must involve the five ''official'' nuclear powers as well as the vast major...
  • Buddha ‘Smiles Again’
       ·   02 Jun, 1998    ·    #107    ·    Commentary    
    On 11 and again on 13 May this year India conducted five and two nuclear explosions. By this India has violated no international treaty or any agreement that it has signed. It was done in the perspective of the threat that it perce...
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