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  • Pokharan II and its Impact on Chinese Strategic Thinking
    Jonathan Pollack    ·   25 May, 1998    ·    #95    ·    Commentary    
    Sino-US Relations     It does seem to me that the timing of the tests (i.e., very near to Clinton 's trip to China ) presents the Chinese with at least a public relations opportunity with the US . T...
  • Pokharan II: The way forward
    PR Chari    ·   21 May, 1998    ·    #94    ·    Commentary    
    The hiatus between the developed nations and India is presently complete. Australia represents the maximalist position. Its Foreign Minister announced, " India must immediately sign the CTBT, join the international nucl...
  • Pokharan II: Now What?
    PR Chari    ·   21 May, 1998    ·    #93    ·    Commentary    
    The germane question now arises: can India ’s forward march to nuclear weaponization be reversed? Perhaps, not. Before India proceeds ahead to weaponization, however, the direct and indirect costs involved need adding up. ...
  • Pokharan II: Why?
    PR Chari    ·   21 May, 1998    ·    #92    ·    Commentary    
    No doubt the BJP’s election manifesto, issued in February, promised to "re-evaluate the country’s nuclear policy and exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons"; and "expedite the development of the Agni series of bal...
  • Pokharan II: How?
       ·   21 May, 1998    ·    #91    ·    Commentary    
    What do India ’s five nuclear tests signify in technological terms? Before discussing this question a more pressing one arises: why did US reconnaissance satellites not discover these tests. The Atomic Energy Commission and th...
  • Ghauri Missile : What Variant Is It Anyway?
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #90    ·    Commentary    
    Ever since the Pakistani government announced in April its having conducted a test of the "Ghauri" missile, 5th in the Hatf series, the debate is not so much on its lethality as its origins. In India , various theories have been f...
  • Ghauri Missile Test and Pakistan's Security
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #89    ·    Commentary    
    Any nation's primary goal is to protect and secure adequate defence of its homeland. Any nation feeling insecure would be diverting its energies towards removing the sources of insecurity. They can resort to bilateral, and/or multi-lateral all...
  • Madeleine Albright's Trip to China, 29-30 April 1998
    Jolie MF Wood    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #88    ·    Commentary    
    United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Beijing from 29 to 30 April in preparation for President Bill Clinton's visit in June, the first by a US head of state since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In...
  • Recent Statements by Defence Minister George Fernandes
    Mira Sinha Bhattacharjee    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #87    ·    Commentary    
    On 3 May 1998, only days after the quiet departure of General Fu Quanyou and his delegation from India , Mr. George Fernandes, Minister of Defence, declared China to be India ’s potential "threat number one". ...
  • Stability in South Asia through Nuclear Weapons and Missiles
    Lt. Gen. AM Vohra    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #86    ·    Commentary    
    The recent test firing of Ghauri by Pakistan , an intermediate range ballistic missile that can carry a high explosive, chemical or nuclear warhead to a distance of 1500 kms, is an expected development. Nuclear weapons and missiles form par...
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