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  • Six lessons from South Asia
    Ramesh Thakur    ·   14 Aug, 1998    ·    #134    ·    Commentary    
    The progress that had been achieved in 1995-96 in eliminating the scourge of nuclear testing and the threat of nuclear proliferation seems like a distant dream. Yet, two months after the shock of the tests by India and Pakistan , th...
  • India, Pakistan, and Central Asia
    Dinshaw Mistry    ·   14 Aug, 1998    ·    #133    ·    Commentary    
    In the report on the workshop on possibilities for co-operation in Central Asia , one did not find a deeper discussion on diverging Indian and Pakistani perspectives on Central Asia . For example, on the issue of Russian influence in t...
  • What If Deterrence Fails?
       ·   14 Aug, 1998    ·    #132    ·    Commentary    
    All good strategists and policymakers should take into account the possibility that nuclear deterrence may fail. While deterrence ultimately assumes that nuclear weapons may never be used, what if this assumption fails? One then has to deal with t...
  • India-China Relations
       ·   06 Aug, 1998    ·    #131    ·    Commentary    
    India-China relations suffered a serious reverse in April 1998. It was sparked off by a series of statements made by the Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes, soon after he assumed office in late March this year. An analysis of this has been m...
  • India’s Strategic Nuclear Doctrine
    Lt. Gen. AM Vohra    ·   06 Aug, 1998    ·    #130    ·    Commentary    
    The strategic nuclear doctrines of India and Pakistan become significant in the interests of predictability and stability in the nuclear weapon environment post Pokhran 2 and Chagai.     Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • Next to Subcontinent Face-Off, the Cold War Looks Safe
    Ramesh Thakur    ·   06 Aug, 1998    ·    #129    ·    Commentary    
    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott will resume talks in New Delhi Monday with Jaswant Singh, the Indian government's point man in defending its nuclear tests to the world. Mr. Talbott would do well to impress upon his Subcon...
  • Talbott - Jaswant Talks: Vying for distant possibilities
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   06 Aug, 1998    ·    #128    ·    Commentary    
    Harold Saunders wrote in his book "The Other Walls" dealing with the Arab - Israeli peace process that, before the formal negotiations, begin the parties must prenegotiate to produce results from final negotiations. By prenegotiation he ...
  • Strategic and Doctrinal Implications:Post-Pokharan and Chagai
    D Suba Chandran    ·   18 Jul, 1998    ·    #127    ·    Commentary    
    Maj. Gen. Ashok Mehta initiated the discussion by saying that India ’s Pokharan blasts were not a sudden development. There have been continuous efforts and research since 1974. The decision of the BJP Government was a part of its ele...
  • Clinton’s China Visit Objectives, Achievements & Failures
    D Suba Chandran    ·   18 Jul, 1998    ·    #126    ·    Commentary    
    Mr. Clinton’s visit to China marks a great shift in American foreign policy towards China , particularly after that tensed period, in which there were serious allegations and counter charges over the Taiwan Straits missile iss...
  • Britain, India and Pakistan could start a disarmament club
    Ramesh Thakur    ·   18 Jul, 1998    ·    #125    ·    Commentary    
    Not a single country that had nuclear weapons when the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed in 1968 has given them up. The whiff of hypocrisy in statements from those who have nuclear weapons robs their condemnation of much value in shaping ...
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