Regional Voices on the Challenges of Nuclear Deterrence Stability in Southern Asia

  • Introduction

    An Introduction to the Challenges of Nuclear Deterrence Stability in Southern Asia

    To better understand the implications of the continuing growth in size and complexity of the nuclear capabilities in Southern Asia, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation, undertook this study of the prospects for nuclear deterrence stability among China, India, and Pakistan over the next decade.

  • Regional Insight

    China’s Nuclear Deterrence in the Asian and Global Contexts

    • Jianqun Teng
    • June 30, 2016

    China’s nuclear deterrence thinking comes from its classic military thought, which will be still the driving force for the theory and practice of its nuclear deterrence in the future.

  • Regional Insight

    China’s Nuclear Doctrine: Debates and Evolution

    • Liping Xia
    • June 30, 2016

    At present, there are ongoing debates in China about the future of China’s nuclear doctrine. The way these debates are eventually resolved will have important consequences for the future of China’s doctrine and arsenal.

  • Regional Insight

    China’s Perceptions of India as a Nuclear Weapons Power

    Given the substantial tensions concerning the unresolved Sino-Indian border issue, China’s perception of India as a nuclear weapons power is important not only for the future evolution of the international nuclear regime but also for the ongoing Sino-Indian security situation.

  • Regional Insight

    China’s Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent

    China has a choice to make to ensure that its sea-based nuclear capability can be a helpful addition to its existing nuclear deterrent without destabilizing regional security.

  • Regional Insight

    India’s Evolving Civil-Military Institutions in an Operational Nuclear Context

    • Gaurav Kampani
    • June 30, 2016

    Unless India’s conventional and nuclear commands closely coordinate their operations planning, an Indian nuclear response threatens either to be unsuccessful or to escalate out of control.

  • Regional Insight

    India’s Nuclear Force Structure 2025

    • Gurmeet Kanwal
    • June 30, 2016

    India’s nuclear deterrence policy should work in parallel along twin tracks: continuing to enhance the quality of India’s nuclear deterrence while simultaneously working to achieve total nuclear disarmament in the shortest possible time frame.

  • Regional Insight

    India and Ballistic Missile Defense: Furthering a Defensive Deterrent

    • Balraj Nagal
    • June 30, 2016

    Limited ballistic missile defense remains vital for India’s effort to maintain strategic stability.

  • Regional Insight

    India’s Nuclear Doctrine Debate

    • Rajesh Rajagopalan
    • June 30, 2016

    Though there continue to be significant disagreements within the Indian strategic community about many elements of nuclear doctrine, the debate no longer produces new ideas about how to deal with the most pressing dilemma that New Delhi faces: countering Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons.

  • Regional Insight

    Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Their Impact on Stability

    • Mansoor Ahmed
    • June 30, 2016

    In the current environment, the introduction of tactical nuclear weapons by Pakistan in response to India’s limited war strategy is only a means of reinforcing deterrence and enhancing stability at the higher level of conflict by inducing instability at the lower levels.

  • Regional Insight

    The Price of Nonconventional Security

    • Asim Bashir Khan
    • June 30, 2016

    Although military security is no doubt essential for Pakistan, it is high time for the state to assign a high priority to investing in human capital, lest the country’s miserable state of human development continue indefinitely.

  • Regional Insight

    Pakistan’s Nuclear Force Structure in 2025

    • Naeem Salik
    • June 30, 2016

    Pakistan’s nuclear posture and the size of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal have been subjects of considerable speculation and debate since Pakistan first tested nuclear weapons, and increasingly so in recent years.

  • Regional Insight

    Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine

    • Sadia Tasleem
    • June 30, 2016

    A close look at official statements, interviews, and developments related to nuclear weapons provide substantive clues about the contours of Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine in practice.

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