Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia

DateFriday, December 13, 2013

On December 13, 2001, extremists trained in Pakistan attacked the Indian Parliament building, triggering a crisis that almost led to war. Twelve years later, the conditions that could lead to uncontrolled escalation not only remain in effect, but have also become worse.  Advancing nuclear capabilities and evolving military doctrines have far outpaced diplomacy on the subcontinent. The Stimson Center has published a collection of essays, "Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia," edited by Michael Krepon and Julia Thompson, that clarify increased nuclear dangers and suggest ameliorative steps.

Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 

Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, Lecturer, Department of Defense and Strategic Studies,             
Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies
New Delhi, India

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The book is the product of bi-monthly discussions at Stimson to explore key elements of deterrence stability on the subcontinent. To help us launch this book, Robert Einhorn, assistant secretary for nonproliferation and the secretary of state's special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control in Clinton and Obama administrations, offered his takeaways of the Clinton administration's efforts to encourage strategic restraint on the subcontinent; also participating in the launch event were two bloggers at Stimson's "Generation Why" website, Mansoor Ahmed and Sitakanta Mishra, who discussed cooperative measures to support the India-Pakistan Agreement on Reducing Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons.
Stimson's programming on nuclear-related issues in South Asia is made possible by grant support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York,  and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

For more information contact Julia Thompson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 202-478-3432