Nuclear Signals in South Asia

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, August 9, 2013

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Bulletin of Atomic ScientistsIndia, Pakistan, and China have been dancing a nuclear tango of late, taking steps that have serious implications for the entire region. The countries need to engage if they are to understand the vocabulary and thinking that underpin one another’s nuclear strategies. India will hold elections in 2014. Pakistan has just gone through a democratic transfer of power. China has a new set of leaders in place after its decadal leadership transition. It will be interesting to see whether and how the nuclear signaling game in South Asia changes, once new leadership is in place in all three countries.

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