May 24, 2016

Reassessing Nuclear South Asia

Last updated: November 18, 2010

Published by Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois

Swords and Ploughshares series
Vol. XVIII / No. 1 / Fall 2010

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It has been twelve years since the 1998 nuclear tests in India and Pakistan. Sufficient time has passed to draw some conclusions about the meaning, motivations, and implications of those events. This issue begins with an article which sets the stage for the tests, providing a retrospective on the political climate at the time and the steps each country took toward nuclear weapons development. The issue proceeds with topics focusing on nuclear doctrine, security of the weapons themselves, the implications of the U.S.-India nuclear agreement, and the options for a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT). A timeline of events in South Asia up to August 2009 completes the publication.

This issue is supported by funding from the University of Illinois and the University's Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Introduction [PDF]

Reflections and Lessons Learned from the Indian and Pakistani 1998 Nuclear Tests [PDF]

Nuclear South Asia: Implications of the Indian and Pakistani Arsenals [PDF]

Pakistan's Nukes: How Safe is Safe Enough? [PDF]

The Strategic, Economic, and Environmental Implications of the US-India Nuclear Agreement [PDF]

Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty: Revisiting Indian and Pakistani Options [PDF]

Nuclear South Asia since 1998: A Timeline [PDF]