In 2013, 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
Research NewsDavid Smith on Tactical Nuclear Weapons in South Asia
The Stimson Center is releasing today an essay by David Smith entitled "The US Experience with Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Lessons for South Asia." Smith served twice as the US Army Attaché to Pakistan, and is now an independent consultant.
After testing nuclear weapons in 1998, Pakistan and India announced nuclear postures of "credible minimum deterrence." Over the past decade,… Read More »