PAKISTAN’S NUCLEAR FUTURE: WORRIES BEYOND WAR

PAKISTAN’S NUCLEAR FUTURE: WORRIES BEYOND WAR

by Henry Sokolski
     
 

Raise the issue of Pakistan’s nuclear program before
almost any group of Western security analysts, and
they are likely to throw up their hands. What might
happen if the current Pakistani government is taken
over by radicalized political forces sympathetic to the
Taliban? Such a government, they fear, might share
Pakistan’s… See more details below

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Raise the issue of Pakistan’s nuclear program before
almost any group of Western security analysts, and
they are likely to throw up their hands. What might
happen if the current Pakistani government is taken
over by radicalized political forces sympathetic to the
Taliban? Such a government, they fear, might share
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons materials and know-how
with others, including terrorist organizations. Then
there is the possibility that a more radical government
might pick a war again with India. Could Pakistan
prevail against India’s superior conventional forces
without threatening to resort to nuclear arms? If not,
what, if anything, might persuade Pakistan to stand
its nuclear forces down? There are no good answers to
these questions and even fewer near or mid-term fixes
against such contingencies. This, in turn, encourages a
kind of policy fatalism with regard to Pakistan.
This book, which reflects research that the
Nonproliferation Policy Education Center commissioned
over the last 2 years, takes a different tack.
Instead of asking questions that have few or no good
answers, this volume tries to characterize specific
nuclear problems that the ruling Pakistani government
faces with the aim of establishing a base line set of
challenges for remedial action. Its point of departure is
to consider what nuclear challenges Pakistan will face
if moderate forces remain in control of the government
and no hot war breaks out against India. A second
volume of commissioned research planned for publication in 2008 will consider how best to address
these challenges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148418504
Publisher:
ReadCycle
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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