Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia

On December 13, 2001, extremists trained in Pakistan attacked the Indian
Parliament building, triggering a crisis that almost led to war. Twelve years
later, the conditions that could lead to uncontrolled escalation not only
remain in effect, but have also become worse.  Advancing nuclear
capabilities and evolving military doctrines have far outpaced diplomacy on the
subcontinent. The Stimson Center has published a collection of essays,
Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia,” edited
by Michael Krepon and Julia Thompson, that clarify increased nuclear dangers
and suggest ameliorative steps.

Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 

Dr. Mansoor Ahmed,
Lecturer, Department of Defense and Strategic
Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, Centre for Air Power
New Delhi, India

Here’s a clip from the event:

To watch C-SPAN’s coverage of the event:

click here for part one

click here for part two

The book is the product of bi-monthly discussions at Stimson to explore key
elements of deterrence stability on the subcontinent. To help us launch this
book, Robert
Einhorn, assistant secretary for nonproliferation and the secretary of state’s
special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control in Clinton and Obama
administrations, offered his takeaways of the Clinton administration’s
efforts to encourage strategic restraint on the subcontinent; also participating in the launch event were two bloggers
at Stimson’s “Generation Why” website, Mansoor Ahmed and Sitakanta
Mishra, who discussed cooperative measures to support the India-Pakistan
Agreement on Reducing Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons.
Stimson’s programming on nuclear-related issues in South Asia is made
possible by grant support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York,  and the National
Nuclear Security Administration.

For more information contact Julia Thompson at [email protected] or


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