Julia Thompson

Former Research Associate

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Julia Thompson serves as a Research Associate with Stimson’s South Asia and Space Security programs. Her current research focus is on deterrence stability and crisis management in South Asia. Before joining Stimson, she worked as a research intern at National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies.

Thompson received a B.S.F.S. in international politics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in war studies from King’s College London, where she completed a dissertation on the role of new media technologies in counter-terrorism.

Research & Writing

Growing Violence along the Kashmir Divide

This piece is discussed further in The Dynamics of Violence along the Kashmir Divide, 2003-2015. Events may be leading toward a crisis between India and Pakistan. On July 27, militants – allegedly with links to Lashkar-e-Taiba – launched an attack…

Deterrence Instability & Nuclear Weapons in South Asia

Deterrence between India and Pakistan is becoming less stable with the passage of time and an increase in nuclear weapon capabilities. India and Pakistan have not addressed basic issues in dispute, nor have they agreed to set them aside. Direct trade a…

Views From Stimson On This Week’s Modi-Sharif Meeting

Newly inaugurated Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) overwhelming electoral victory earlier this month. The invitation surprised observers who had…

High-Level Military Meetings Between India and Pakistan Could Cool Down Regional Tensions

Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan have the opportunity to lower cross-border tensions this year, but it’s uncertain whether the Indian government can take meaningful steps to improve ties before elections later this spring and how far a cautio…

While Diplomacy Dawdles

While diplomacy between Pakistan and India dawdles, nuclear capabilities are moving forward at a brisk pace. Since testing nuclear devices in 1998, both countries have flight-tested no fewer than 17 types of missiles that are capable of delivering nucl…

Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia

India and Pakistan have developed and flight tested seventeen new nuclear weapon delivery vehicles since testing nuclear devices in 1998 – an average of more than one per year.  Military doctrines have also evolved to emphasize more rapid mobiliza…

Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations

The Stimson Center today issued a collection of six essays titled “Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations,” which provide a range of viewpoints about cooperation between the U.S. and China in space. To download the full re…

Time to Reassess Drones

The U.S. drone strike program has entered a period of re-evaluation and reconfiguration. Nowhere is this more evident and important than in Pakistan. Key indicators of reassessment and public inquiry include a sustained decrease in the reported number…

The Battle Within Pakistan

The February 16 bombing in Quetta targeting the Hazara community was the latest in a long, sad, and intensifying series of incidents of sectarian violence. Death tolls within Pakistan were greater in 2012 than the year before and are rising steeply. Ac…

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