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Crises & Consequences in Southern Asia

A new survey experiment finds public support for escalating rather than de-escalating a crisis in response to provocation from an adversary
Published June 2, 2021

Issue Brief
Introduction At his annual press conference this January, Indian Army Chief General M. M. Naravane said that “There is increased cooperation between Pakistan and China, both in military and non-military fields. A two-front situation is something we mus …

The Challenge of a Two-Front War: India’s China-Pakistan Dilemma Read More »

By Sushant Singh
Published April 19, 2021

Event Roundtable
Featured Speakers Dr. Sannia Abdullah Close, Research Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University Dr. Manpreet Sethi, Distinguished Fellow and Head of Nuclear Security Project, Centre for Airpower Studies Dr. Nina …

23 Years of Nonuse: Evaluating the Nuclear Taboo in India and Pakistan Read More »

Published April 9, 2021 / Held April 28, 2021

This article was originally published in War On The Rocks.
Published March 29, 2021

This article was originally published in War On The Rocks.
Published February 26, 2021

Policy Paper
The nuclear taboo, a normative inhibition against nuclear first use, is weak in Pakistan and risks being undermined in India
By Nina Tannenwald
Published February 22, 2021

This article was originally published in The Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs.
Published January 15, 2021

This article was originally published in 9DASHLINE.
Published July 31, 2020

This article was originally published in War on the Rocks.
Published July 10, 2020

The article was originally published in War on the Rocks.
By Christopher Clary Co-author
Published July 2, 2020

This article was originally published by the Observer Research Foundation.
Published June 23, 2020

This article was originally published in The Washington Post.
By Christopher Clary Author
Published June 17, 2020

Policy Memo
As India and Pakistan push the limits of low-level conflict in repeated crises, increasing Pakistani investments in conventional capabilities could help to shore up deterrence stability and reduce the risk of nuclear use
Published April 8, 2020

Fueled by aggressive rhetoric from both capitals, Indian and Chinese ground forces engaged in a standoff between June and August 2017. The Doklam crisis, as it became known, stimulated introspection among officials and experts in both states about the …

The Strategic Postures of China and India: A Visual Guide Read More »

By Frank O’Donnell Co-author
Published March 30, 2020

This article was originally published in The Nonproliferation Review Journal on March 26, 2020.
By Frank O’Donnell Author
Published March 27, 2020

Policy Memo
Beyond seeing the highest levels of escalation on the Subcontinent in decades, the 2019 Pulwama/Balakot crisis underscored the evolving role of third parties in crisis mediation and de-escalation.
By Sitara Noor Author
Published March 25, 2020

Policy Paper
Two decade review: South Asia crises will likely escalate further & faster as escalation pressure and crisis management challenges grow
Published February 28, 2020

This article was originally published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
By Alex Bollfrass Co-Author ·  Frank O’Donnell Co-Author
Published February 26, 2020

Stimson’s South Asia program hosts dialogue with partners to study effects of low-probability, high-risk nuclear events in the region.
Published December 23, 2019

The past six months have seen major disruptions in stability across southern Asia. As tensions in Kashmir continue to simmer, a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is up for debate, and nationalist discourses gain traction in the region, all eyes are …

Competitive Security Dynamics in Southern Asia: Conflicts, Challenges, and Choices Read More »

Published September 10, 2019 / Held September 19, 2019

Stimson in the News
The Indian government this week moved toward revoking special status for a contested region, Kashmir, that makes up the country’s only Muslim-majority state.  The decision to revoke the constitutional provision that previously gave the Indian-cont …

Sameer Lalwani cited in article about the possibility of a nuclear element to the decades long India-Pakistan struggle over Kashmir Read More »

Published August 7, 2019

Policy Paper
This review article considers three significant volumes recently published in the field of Southern Asian security studies. These consist of Not War, Not Peace? Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism, by Toby Dalton and George Perkovich; …

Review Essay: Stabilizing Nuclear Southern Asia Read More »

Published May 31, 2019

The Stimson Center, in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, hosted a workshop on nuclear effects in South Asia in Colombo, Sri Lanka from February 23-25, 2018. The workshop facilitated discussions in which participants worked t …

Planning for the Worst: Nuclear Effects & Disaster Management in South Asia Read More »

Published April 29, 2019

Stimson in the News
Published April 23, 2019

Stimson in the News
Sri Lanka suffered from decades of violence before the Easter Sunday bombings On Easter Sunday, a series of coordinated bomb attacks killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka. It was an unhappy reminder for many of the country’s recent history of …

Sameer Lalwani quoted in Vox article about Sri Lanka’s Suffering before Easter Sunday bombings Read More »

Published April 22, 2019

The nuclear competition among China, India and Pakistan is accelerating with the introduction of new ballistic and cruise missiles, multiple warhead missiles and missile defenses. Border clashes between India and Pakistan persist, as do standoffs betwe …

Off Ramps From Confrontation in Southern Asia Book Launch and Discussion Read More »

Published April 18, 2019 / Held May 2, 2019

Policy debates around participation in multilateral information-sharing mechanisms highlight fundamental tensions between safety, national security, and international security. Assuring other states that fissile materials are securely managed against t …

Multilateral Nuclear Information-Sharing: The View from South Asia Read More »

Published March 27, 2019

War Drums on the Subcontinent (again)  by Michael Krepon Imran Khan has been effectively handcuffed. He inherited a hobbled economy, with fifty-four per cent of budget expenditure tied up in funding his military and paying off debt. As l …

War Drums on the Subcontinent (again) Read More »

Published February 25, 2019

Stimson in the News
Why The U.S. Has Continued To Fight In Afghanistan RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Eighteen years into fighting the nation’s longest war, the U.S. is trying to find an exit ramp for the 14,000 troops still in Afghanistan. Here’s President Trump earlier this week …

Elizabeth Threlkeld quoted in article about why the US has continued to fight in Afghanistan Read More »

Published February 8, 2019

Click here to view the event transcript (PDF). India’s nuclear profile, doctrine, and practices have evolved rapidly since the country’s nuclear breakout in 1998. However, the outside world’s understanding of India’s doctrinal debates, forward-looking …

India and Nuclear Asia: Forces, Doctrine, and Danger Read More »

Published December 13, 2018 / Held January 17, 2019

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