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Nuclear Strategy and Regional Stability in Southern Asia

Jalil Mehdi

Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 2017, vol. 4, issue 1, 123-137

Abstract: The essay aims to explain interconnections between international security, domestic politics and nuclear strategy of China, India and Pakistan. Most of the scholarship has been unable to probe the deep interconnections that inform the nuclear strategy of these three countries. The literature is based on a generalisation of the superpowers’ Cold War nuclear experience and an analysis of the other nuclear powers’ arsenal is made through the conceptual and theoretical categories offered by such literature. This article argues against using cold war experiences as a basis for conceptualizing regional powers’ nuclear strategies. It begins with a discussion on Posture optimization theory, applying it to understand nuclear strategies of the three Southern Asian nuclear powers and seeks to understand the nature of strategic competition between them and its effect on their respective nuclear postures.

Keywords: Southern Asia; No first use; posture optimization theory; Civil-Military (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1177/2347797016689229

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