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The Case against Nuclearization of South Asia

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Title: The Case against Nuclearization of South Asia
Author(s): Huque, Mahmudul
Subject(s): South Asia -- Strategic aspects
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explore the regional implications of nuclearized India and Pakistan. It posits that nuclearization aggravates India-Pakistan hostilities and undermines mutual security by opening up the possibility of a nuclear exchange between them, posing a grave threat to peace, human security, and the natural environment of the entire region. The paper examines the political motivations behind India's and Pakistan's decisions to test nuclear weapons in May 1998; critiques the deterrence theories used by officials and analysts in both countries to justify possession of nuclear weapons; cites the costs and consequences of nuclearization; and explores moral and ethical issues related to nuclear weapons, particularly from Hindu and Islamic perspectives.
Issue Date: 2010-06
Publisher: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Huque, Mahmudul, "The Case against Nuclearization of South Asia," ACDIS Occasional Paper, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (June 2010).
Series/Report: ACDIS Occasional Papers
Genre: Working / Discussion Paper
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/27704
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-10-12
 

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