AUTHORMatinuddin, Kamal
TITLEThe Nuclearization of South Asia
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England
DATE PUBLISHED2002
ISBN0-19-579416-8


This book examines the rise of nuclear weapons in South Asia and attempts to rectify what the author sees as a misconception that Pakistan is responsible for the nuclearization of the region. The author, a retired Pakistani military general and former diplomat, traces the development of the nuclear weapons programs of both Pakistan and India, placing Pakistan’s nuclear choices in the context of a complex web of regional and global tensions. The introduction provides a comprehensive overview of global nuclear forces circa 1999, including photos, maps, and data tables. Focusing largely on the hostile relationship between Pakistan and India, the book explains what caused both countries to seek to acquire nuclear weapons. In describing the pressures on South Asia to develop nuclear weapons, the author presents the United States’ development and use of the atomic bomb as having been a primary motivating factor. The author concludes with an analysis of current (2002) threats and recommendations for the prevention of nuclear hostilities in the region. Appendices include relevant U.S. government policy documents and legislation, as well as the Strategic Restraint Regime proposals of both Pakistan and India.


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