An important and critical re-evaluation of South Asia's post-tests nuclear politics, in contrast to other books, this volume emphasises the political dimension of South Asia's nuclear weapons, explains how the bombs are used as politico-strategic assets rather than pure battlefield weapons and how India and Pakistan utilise them for politico-strategic purposes in an extremely complex and competitive South Asian strategic landscape. Written by a group of perceptive observers of South Asia, this volume evaluates the current state of Indo-Pakistani nuclear deterrents, the challenges that the two countries confront in building their nuclear forces, the post-test nuclear doctrines of the two strategic rivals, the implications of Indo-Pakistani politics for regional cooperation, the role of two systemic actors (USA and China) in the region's nuclear politics and the critical issues of confidence-building and nuclear arms control.

chapter |8 pages


ByBhumitra Chakma

part I|46 pages

Nuclear Deterrence and South Asia: Conceptual and Practical Dimensions

chapter 2|10 pages

The Road from Pokhran II 1

BySumit Ganguly

chapter 3|16 pages

The Pakistani Nuclear Deterrent

ByBhumitra Chakma

part II|36 pages

Doctrinal Developments

chapter 4|18 pages

India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Ten Years Since the Kargil Conflict

BySwaran Singh

chapter 5|16 pages

Pakistan’s Post-test Nuclear Use Doctrine

ByBhumitra Chakma

part III|62 pages

Nuclear Politics: Extra-regional Linkages and Consequences

chapter 6|20 pages

The China Factor in South Asian Nuclear Politics

ByBinoda Kumar Mishra

chapter 7|24 pages

South Asia’s Nuclear Deterrence and the USA

ByBhumitra Chakma

chapter 8|16 pages

Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia and its Impact on Regional Cooperation

ByNishchal Nath Pandey, Bhumitra Chakma

part IV|78 pages

Confidence-building and Nuclear Arms Control