Nuclear India at the Crossroads
Basrur, Rajesh M., Arms Control Today
Five years after first publicly testing nuclear weapons, India stands at a critical point in its strategic path. It faces today a crucial choice between maintaining a minimal deterrent and expanding its arsenal so as to sustain a Cold War-style posture toward its nuclear adversaries. Two factors are likely to shape its decision: its selection of a deterrence "model" based on two very diverse experiences with China and Pakistan and, more crucially, its own ability to comprehend and articulate the assumptions and ramifications of "minimum deterrence."
The 1998 tests broke with a history of leisurely, covert, and often hesitant weaponization and forced on Indian leaders important …
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Publication information: Article title: Nuclear India at the Crossroads. Contributors: Basrur, Rajesh M. - Author. Magazine title: Arms Control Today. Volume: 33. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 2003. Page number: 7. © 2003 Arms Control Association. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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