Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

Emerging Asian Nuclear Environment: Implications for India

Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

Emerging Asian Nuclear Environment: Implications for India

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Arvind Gupta and K.D. Kapur, Emerging Asian Nuclear Environment: Implications for India (New Delhi: Lancer Books, 2012), Pages: 432, Price: Rs. 895.

In a world that is being increasingly polarized after the end of the cold war, nuclear technology has come to be seen as both demonstrating a nation's technological prowess and as a very important tenet in national security, power projection and as a tool for bargaining and leveraging international affairs in its favour.

Nuclear technology was introduced by the West and was the main driving force of deterrence in the cold war era. But world attention on nuclear matters has shifted to Asia after the 2007 economic crisis. USA may any day lose the attribute of being the world's lone superpower. European states too are facing a severe sovereign debt crisis. These factors have put Asia firmly in the spotlight.

Asia, which houses crucial sea lines of communication (SLOCs) like the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca has now become the most militarized region of the world. It has the highest concentration of nuclear states, declared and suspected put together.

Against this backdrop, two of India's well-known strategic analysts have come out with this detailed, lucidly written book, about the emerging Asian nuclear environment. It has been written using open sources, with ample references. The book answers questions that have gained paramount importance in the domain of contemporary international relations.

Nuclear technology brings with it much legal, social, political and economic baggage (apart from a complicated scientific bedrock), which the authors break down into concepts amenable to a layperson's understanding. …

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