Since the earliest days following the nuclear tests by India
and Pakistan in 1998, policymakers in the United States and Europe have
struggled to envision a realistic path by which Pakistan might achieve some
measure of nuclear normalization. Perhaps unexpectedly, the turbulent
U.S.-Pakistani relationship of the last several years and Pakistan’s rapidly
growing nuclear arsenal have revived rather than dampened interest in a
normalization deal. The logic of such a deal hinges on the argument that
bringing Pakistan into line with global nonproliferation norms could be a
valuable inducement to shaping its behavior in the region.
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