AUTHORHersh, Seymour M.
TITLEDefending the Arsenal: In an Unstable Pakistan, Can Nuclear Warheads be Kept Safe?
PERIODICAL TITLEThe New Yorker
DATE PUBLISHED16 November 2009
VOLUME NUMBER85
ISSUE NUMBER37
PAGE NUMBERS28-35
ISSN0028-792X
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This article focuses on the current (2009) security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, presenting the complex environment of politics, religion, national and tribal influences in which Pakistan’s weapons exist. The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, draws from interviews with the current president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, the past president, Pervez Musharraf, as well as military and intelligence officers from the United States, Pakistan, and India. The article highlights Pakistan’s past and present relations with India and the United States, which include the Pakistani government’s offensive against the Taliban. It provides insight into both the U.S. President Barack Obama administration's policy toward Pakistan and the nature of the Pakistan military.


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