ABSTRACT

Tactical Nuclear Weapon: Deterrence Stability Between India and Pakistan   [open pdf - 279KB]

"India and Pakistan relations have been fraught with conflict since 1947. New Delhi's recent doctrinal transformation, upsurge in its anti-missile program, and gigantic investment in the conventional weaponry have obliged Islamabad to reciprocate by manufacturing and testing a credible-cum-transparent new weapon-NASR missile on April 19, 2011. Indeed, to prevent India's hegemony in South Asia, Islamabad requires an unyielding conventional fence and credible nuclear second strike. The solidification of the Pakistani defensive fence needs three things: strategic vigilance, a sophisticated national military buildup program,1 and above all, finances to bear the burden of military modernization. The first two are easier to accomplish provided the third article is on a positive trajectory. India's growing economy encourages colossal investment in its military arsenals. Conversely, Pakistan's increasing economic fragility and unending war on terrorism limits the latter's options to invest in the military buildup. This prevalent economic equation obviously facilitates New Delhi to shift the balance of power in its favor. The overwhelming majority in Pakistan believe that if the balance of power were heavily skewed in favor of India, it would be likely to launch a hegemonic war against Pakistan."

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2011-09
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Contemporary Conflict: http://www.nps.edu/Academics/Centers/CCC/
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US-Pakistan Strategic Partnership: A Track II Dialogue. Phuket, Thailand. September 18-19, 2011
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