Off Ramps

Stimson Spotlight

Off Ramps

Nuclear competition among China, India, and Pakistan is accelerating with the introduction of new developments in strategic technology, including ballistic and cruise missiles, multiple warhead missiles, and missile defenses. The crisis between India and Pakistan over Pulwama and Balakot, as well as the Doklam crisis between India and China, invite repetition. As diplomacy to reduce tensions is barely visible, Stimson has gathered rising talent and veteran analysts to propose pragmatic, novel approaches to improve ties. The result is the latest book from Stimson’s South Asia Program, Off Ramps from Confrontation in Southern Asia. 

 

Read approaches by each author below, divided by the sections indicated in the book:

 

Part 1: EXPAND EXISTING CONFIDENCE-BUILDING MEASURES

 

Launching an Expanded Missile Flight-Test Notification Regime

By Frank O'Donnell

Modernize the South Asia Nuclear Facility “Non-Attack” Agreement

By Toby Dalton

 

 

Part 2: SUBSCRIBE TO NUCLEAR RESTRAINT

Back to Basics: Pledging Nuclear Restraint

By Manpreet Sethi

A Triangular MIRV Restraint Regime in Southern Asia

By Sitakanta Mishra

Time to Consider a Trilateral Asian ABM Treaty

By Happymon Jacob

 

No Indian BMD for No Pakistani MIRVs

By Sadia Tasleem

Enact a Restraint Regime on MIRV Flight-Testing in South Asia

By Zafar Khan

 

 

Part 3: ACCOUNT FOR HUMANITARIAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES

A Joint India-Pakistan Initiative on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

By Arka Biswas

Convene a Joint Commission on the
Consequences of a Nuclear War in South Asia

By Saira Bano

Use Environmental Diplomacy to Resolve the Sir Creek Dispute

By Saleem H. Ali

 

Part 4: ESTABLISH CONFIDENCE-BUILDING MEASURES WITH CHINA

Create a Channel for a U.S.-China Dialogue on South Asia

By Yun Sun

Avoiding Incidents at Sea between India and China

By Monish Tourangbam

Clarify and Respect the Line of Actual Control

by Travis Wheeler

 

Part 5: INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

Join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty’s International Monitoring System

By Sylvia Mishra and Sarah Bidgood

Addressing South Asia's Fissile Material Conundrum

By Mansoor Ahmed

Sharing Nuclear Information

By Hannah Haegeland

 

Part 6: IMPROVE COMMUNICATION

 

Breaking the Impasse: Direct Talks between Army Chiefs

By Feroz Hassan Khan

A Hotline between National and Nuclear Command Authorities to Manage Tensions

By Harry I. Hannah