AUTHORColl, Steve
TITLEThe Stand-Off
PERIODICAL TITLEThe New Yorker
DATE PUBLISHED2006
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBER13 February
PAGE NUMBERS126-139
ISSN0028-792X


This in-depth article focuses on the influence of jihadi organizations on provoking the nuclear crisis between India and Pakistan in 2002. The author, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, provides an interesting description of the interactions among the Indian, Pakistani, and United States governments and military establishments in dealing with that complex situation. He concludes that the jihadists have developed a strategy of provoking India and Pakistan into a major war by terror attacks on India. That is contrary to the idea that those groups would acquire and use nuclear devices. The growth of the nuclear arsenals in India and Pakistan, uncertainties in command and control of those weapons, the degree of stability of Pakistan’s government, and the continuing threat of jihadi terrorists all contribute to continuing uncertainty in the region.


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