Asia's Major Powers and the Emerging Challenges to Nuclear Stability among Them   [open pdf - 330KB]

"With the end of the Cold War, an international nuclear order dominated by concerns in the transatlantic security environment has given way to a different world, one in which the Asian factor in the global nuclear equation appears to be on the rise. This paper examines the evolving relationships of strategic military power among Asia's major powers with the objective of identifying potential sources of instability and their policy and strategy implications. This paper begins with a catalogue of key factors in Asia's nuclear landscape in order to put the major power dimension in context. [...] This paper argues that U.S. strategy should instead be built around a sixth organizing concept: anticipatory threat reduction. This concept has elements of competition and hedging, but its distinctive attribute is its efforts to identify and tackle specific potential sources of instability in the Asian major power nuclear system. What would be the objectives of this approach? [...] The paper closes with a series of questions and answers about the Asian major power nuclear landscape." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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Advanced Systems and Concepts Office Report No. ASCO 2009 011
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