South Asia

The Stimson Center's South Asia programming has four key elements: reducing nuclear dangers and increasing deterrence stability on the subcontinent; analyzing crisis management in the United States, India and Pakistan; promoting confidence-building and nuclear risk-reduction measures; and nurturing talent in a rising generation of strategic analysts.

India and Pakistan are building up their nuclear weapon capabilities with newer versions of land-based ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and short-range nuclear capable delivery vehicles.  Both appear to be moving toward triads of land- and, sea-based, as well as aircraft-delivered weapons. While there are signs of diplomatic rapprochement, progress has been slow, and spoilers will try to stymie any thaw. Moreover, it is hard to improve bilateral relations when one or both countries have weak governments.  Pakistan's domestic challenges are particularly great.  Under these circumstances, all of Stimson's programming initiatives have significant relevance. Read more

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Report: A Normal Nuclear Pakistan


Pakistan has worked hard and successfully to build diverse nuclear capabilities. It will retain these capabilities for the foreseeable future as a necessary deterrent against perceived existential threats from India. At this juncture, Pakistan's military leadership in Rawalpindi can choose to accept success in achieving a "strategic" deterrent against India - a nuclear force

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