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Stimson seeks to alleviate growing nuclear dangers in South Asia by promoting confidence-building and nuclear risk-reduction measures, conducting innovative analysis of current dangers and future risks, empowering rising strategic analysts, conducting field research, creating new forums for India-Pakistan engagement, and promoting constructive U.S. security initiatives in the region.

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Research and Analysis

June 22, 2018 | EXPERT: Jayita Sarkar

As the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) turns 50 this summer, so will India’s refusal to accede to the Treaty on grounds that it is a biased legal instrument that divided the world into “nuclear haves” and “nuclear have-nots.” The year 2018 also commemorates 20 years since India’s five nucle

June 21, 2018 | EXPERT: Hamza Shad , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani and Hamza Shad   A Brief History

June 14, 2018 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

By Sameer Lalwani   While Sino-Indian friction will continue, relations have improved from last year’s low, and a border standoff seems unlikely for three reasons: learning, national self-interest, and drifting U.S.-India relations.

May 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

We are pleased to announce the release of a special video series, “Retrospectives on India and Pakistan’s May 1998 Nuclear Tests,” to mark the 20th anniversary of the subcontinent’s overt nuclearization.

May 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Heather Byrne , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

In May 1998, India detonated five nuclear devices in the Thar Desert, crossing the threshold from a nuclear-capable to a nuclear-armed state. Indian Prime Minister A.B.

May 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

Earlier this year, the Trump administration suspended most security assistance, including Coalition Support Funds (CSF), to Pakistan and led the charge to place th

May 28, 2018 | EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

By Travis Wheeler

May 8, 2018 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

In this article for Pakistan Politico, Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland review their edited volume, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, which is freely available at crises

April 26, 2018

By Monish Tourangbam

April 24, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Americans, being a moral people, want their foreign policy to reflect the values we espouse as a nation. But Americans, being a practical people, also want their foreign policy to be effective.” ― George P. Shultz

April 19, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Steve Coll’s new book picks up where he left off in Ghost Wars, published in 2004. Together, the two volumes are more than a 1,500-page thick opus on futility, confusion, misplaced hopes and serious errors.

April 18, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “You show me a Secretary of Defense who’s planning not to prevail [in a nuclear war] and I’ll show you a Secretary of Defense who ought to be impeached.” — Caspar Weinberger, New York Times, August 24, 1982

April 12, 2018 | EXPERT: Frank ODonnell

By Yogesh Joshi and Frank O'Donnell

April 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Escalation is inherent in war both because the desire to win and the need not to lose.” – V.R. Raghavan, “Limited War and Escalation Control,” Nonproliferation Review, 2001.

March 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Optimistic and pessimistic arguments about nuclear proliferation were conceptualized decades ago. The best place to find them is in Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz’s The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate.
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