History of the Nuclear Age Series
Carnegie Non-Proliferation Conference
Almost two years after South Asia’s May 1998 nuclear tests, President Clinton is now visiting the region. The Administration established five "benchmarks" after the tests by which to gauge nuclear stability in South Asia. But Washington’s relationships with India and Pakistan suffered in the 1990s, and progress toward these objectives has been disappointing.
These are not happy days for global arms-control advocates. As far back as the early 1960s, policymakers warned that the true threat to the United States was not only that third-world despots might acquire the bomb but that advanced industrial countries might do so.