A Normal Nuclear Pakistan

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The new report released today “A Normal Nuclear Pakistan” takes a hard look at Pakistan’s nuclear weapon related programs and its ambitions to be viewed as a normal state possessing advanced nuclear technologies. Pakistan’s military leadership in Rawalpindi has several choices at this juncture. It can choose to accept success in achieving a “strategic” deterrent against India – a nuclear force posture sufficient to prevent limited nuclear exchanges and a major conventional war. Alternatively, it can choose to continue to compete with India in the pursuit of “full spectrum” deterrence, which would entail open-ended nuclear requirements against targets both near and far from Pakistan. These choices would lead Pakistan to two starkly different nuclear futures and places in the global nuclear order.

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