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» May 17, 2011

Alliance is Unstable, Not Pakistan's Nukes

Toby Dalton and George Perkovich | Politico

Pakistani Military

The global handwringing over Pakistan's nuclear security began minutes after the news about Osama bin Laden's demise in Abbottabad. This happens every time there is a dramatic event in Pakistan -- such as the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a terrorist attack on the army headquarters or a flood.

No matter what happens, Western officials and commentators ask, "What does this mean about the nukes?" In fact, Pakistan's nuclear weapons are probably quite secure from terrorists -- the nukes are its crown jewels. The army cares about them in ways that it does not about bin Laden's whereabouts or fighting the Haqqani network.

But Islamabad is at a fever pitch about whether its nuclear facilities are safe from Americans. Full Article

See a recent article in the International Herald Tribune exploring paranoia about U.S. plans for Pakistan's arsenal.   

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