South Asia's Nuclear Security
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
The conditions and context under which nuclear deterrence is to function have drastically altered since the Cold War period. This book examines the dynamics of nuclear deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age. It focuses on South Asia, as it is the most dominant and, to some, the most dangerous case of contemporary nuclear stand-off, where deterrence can fail. It provides a thorough, up-to-date qualitative analysis of the South Asian nuclear deterrence and includes detailed explanations of the concept of nuclear deterrence and its variations, the problems of applying the idea in the context of South Asia, the nature of South Asia’s deterrence stability, the nuclear postures of India and Pakistan, the dynamics and efficacies of pre-test and the post-test Indo-Pakistani nuclear deterrence, the role of confidence-building measures, and arms control in the Indo-Pakistani nuclear deterrence system. With novel explanations and fresh insights, this book sheds new light on nuclear deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age and is a timely and valuable contribution to the nuclear scholarship on South Asia.
1. Introduction Section 1 2. Nuclear Deterrence and South Asia Section 2 3. Nuclear Postures of India and Pakistan Nuclear Use Doctrines Command and Control systems 4. Nuclear Deterrence: Pre-tests Era Ambiguity and Opacity 5. Nuclear Deterrence: Post-tests Era Deterrence Stability and Nuclear Learning Challenges to the South Asian Deterrence System Stability-Instability Paradox 6. Contending Perspectives on South Asia’s Nuclear Deterrence Two Views Counting the Cost of Nuclear Deterrence The Future of Indo-Pakistani Nuclear Arms Race Section 3 7. Nuclear Arms Control in South Asia Confidence Building Measures A Nuclear Restraint Regime for South Asia 8. Conclusions
Bhumitra Chakma is a Lecture in War and Security Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Hull, UK.