Nuclear India In The Twenty-First Century

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This book provides an important picture of India's nuclear intentions and capabilities at the beginning of the 21st century. Academic and governmental experts from both the United States and India explore the strategic, technological, military and economic dimensions of India's nuclear world. The contributors bring their expertise together in an unusual mix of viewpoints from three continents on the several dimensions of a nuclear India at the turn of the century. It is an important resource in the United States to help policymakers respond to the regional and global proliferation problems that have resulted from India and Pakistan's nuclear tests of 1998. It is an important aid to India in exploring and evaluating its nuclear strategy and the political, economic and military consequences of its nuclear decisions.

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"The book will greatly interest scholars and policy makers concerned with nonproliferation..."--S.A. Kochanek, Choice

Contributors, including Indian, British, and American academics and governmental experts who both support and oppose nuclear testing, offer analysis of the strategic, political, technological, economic, and military dimensions of the issue of nuclear testing in India. Chapters address the international dynamics of a nuclear India; ballistic missiles; the economic costs and benefits of nuclear weapons; and lessons in South Asian proliferation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312294595
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

D. R. SarDesai is the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indian History at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Raju G. C. Thomas is the Allis Chalmers Professor of International Affairs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

I: General Dimensions
• Whither Nuclear India?--Raju Thomas
• What Makes the Indian Bomb Tick?--George Perkovich
II: Strategic Dimensions
• India and the International Security Order--K. Subrahmanyam
• India, the International System and Nuclear Weapons: T.V. Paul
• India's Force Planning Imperative: The Thermonuclear Option--Bharat Karnad
• Why Do States Acquire Nuclear Weapons? Comparing the Cases of India and France--Jacques E.C. Hymans
• The International Dynamics of a Nuclear India--Siddharth Varadarajan
III: Technological and Military Dimensions
• India's Nuclear Technology Policy: Capabilities and the Aftermath of Testing--Rajendran Raja
• Ballistic Missiles: Underpinning the Nuclear Quagmire--Ben Sheppard
• Nuclear Weapons and the Indian Armed Forces" Rajesh Kadian
VI: Economic Dimensions
• The Economic Costs and Benefits of Nuclear Weapons--Deepak Lal
• The Domestic Consequences of India's Nuclear Tests--Devesh Kapur
• The Costs of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia--Peter R. Lavoy
• India's Energy Policy and Nuclear Weapons Program--Raju G.C. Thomas
VII: Proliferation Lessons and Security Prospects
• On the "Lessons" of South Asian Proliferation--George Quester

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