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South Asia's Nuclear Security Dilemma: India, Pakistan, and China : India, Pakistan, and China - Lowell Dittmer

South Asia's Nuclear Security Dilemma: India, Pakistan, and China

India, Pakistan, and China

Hardcover Published: 18th November 2004
ISBN: 9780765614186
Number Of Pages: 296

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The nuclear test explosions in India and Pakistan in 1998, followed by the outbreak of hostilities over Kashmir in 1999, marked a frightening new turn in the ancient, bitter enmity between the two nations. Although the tension was eclipsed by the events of 9/11 and the subsequent American attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, it has not disappeared, as evidenced by the 2001 attack in the Indian Parliament by Islamic fundamentalists out of Kashmir. By 2002, these two nuclear-armed neighbors seemed to be once again on the brink of war. This book outlines the strategic structure of the rivalry and the dynamic forces driving it, and investigates various possible solutions. The expert contributors focus on the India-Pakistan rivalry, but also consider the China factor in South Asia's nuclear security dilemma. Although essentially political-strategic in its approach, the book includes coverage of opposing military arsenals and the impact of local terrorism on the delicate balance of power.

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"Professor Dittmer has assembled a stellar group of contributors to this excellent volume. Both 'deterrence optimists' and 'proliferation pessimists' know that South Asia's tripolar nuclear balance is fraught with complexities that could ultimately eventuate in mass tragedy. Asian security specialists of all stripes will profit from reading this exemplary collection. The book does a particularly fine job of factoring the oft-neglected 'China factor' into the subcontinental nuclear equation. Unlike too many edited volumes, this one is cohesive and well-written throughout."

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: South Asia's Nuclear Security Dilemma
The Political Economy of Minimal Deterrence
The Political Economy of the India-Pakistan Nuclear Standoff
Nuclear Crisis Stability in South Asia
Military Technology, National Power, and Regional Security: The Strategic Significance of India's Nuclear, Missile, Space, and Missile Defense Forces
India and Pakistan: Nuclear-Related Programs and Aspirations at Sea
The Power Structure of the Region
Pakistan's Nuclear Testing
Strategic Myopia: Pakistan's Nuclear Doctrine and Crisis Stability in South Asia
Nuclear Weapons and the Kargil Crisis: How and What Have Pakistanis Learned?
Foe or Friend?: Chinese Assessment of a Rising India After Pokhran-II
The Causes and Consequences of China-Pakistani Nuclear/Missile Collaboration
Conclusion: On the Current Status and Future Outlook of South Asia's Security Embroilment
About the Editor and Contributors
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ISBN: 9780765614186
ISBN-10: 0765614189
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 18th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57

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