AUTHORKapur, Ashok
TITLEPakistan’s Nuclear Development
CITYLondon, England

This book analyzes the successive governments of Pakistan from 1953 through the mid-1980s to articulate its evolving nuclear capabilities, postures, and diplomacies. The author states that frequent changes in leadership led to policy changes that destroyed credibility in Pakistan's efforts to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Pakistan's development of nuclear weapons also experienced important policy reversals and lack of consensus. Examining the administrations of I. H. Usmani, Z. A. Bhutto, and Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, the author emphasizes the importance of leadership motivations as well as technical constraints in the evolution of nuclear weapons. Appendices discuss assistance by Swiss companies and the Chinese government to Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.

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