AUTHORSagan, Scott D., Ed.
TITLEInside Nuclear South Asia
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-8047-6238-0


This collection of essays challenges the frequently oversimplified conclusions made about the nuclear weapons programs of Pakistan and India, offering instead a more complex view of the specific political parties, bureaucratic interests, and power relations that drive nuclear decisions in the region. It contradicts the accepted view that nuclear states promote peaceful stability, citing the 1999 Kargil War as proof that the two nations do not follow that logic. The essays analyze why nuclear proliferation did not lead to peace in South Asia by closely examining policies and viewpoints of Islamabad and New Delhi. The book is divided into two parts; the first part looks at causes of nuclear proliferation in South Asia and the second part considers its consequences. The six essays together uncover the ways in which the governments of India and Pakistan decide to test, develop, and use nuclear weapons. Each essay is supplemented by endnotes; most essays are accompanied by tables and figures, which present results of coding analysis and other theoretical modeling used to measure the effects of political rivalries and alliances in South Asia on nuclear weapons policy.


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