Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out

Hardcover | December 15, 2012

EditorPervez Hoodbhoy

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Authored by scientists from both sides of the Pakistan-India divide, Confronting the Bomb fearlessly explores tabooed, but urgent, nuclear issues. Concerned citizens, policy makers, and nuclear experts are presented with a rich range of complexities, political and semi-technical. Beginningwith the coming of the atomic age to India, and later to Pakistan, the book looks at the furious nuclear racing after the 1998 nuclear tests. What are the principal drivers and where lies the future? It goes on to examine Pakistan's changing strategic nuclear objectives, the Kargil conflict, and thefact that ownership of the bomb is now claimed by Islamic political parties. The worrying issue of the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is considered in the background of an ideological divide within the military. The somewhat more technical articles deal with early warning issues, the battlefield use of nuclear weapons, problems related to the fissilematerials treaty, and the likely effects of a limited nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India. Two essays deal with nuclear electricity generation, making the point that this may not be the promised panacea for the subcontinent's energy problem. Rejecting nuclear nationalism, this is a uniquework by Pakistanis and Indians working together to warn of nuclear dangers.

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Authored by scientists from both sides of the Pakistan-India divide, Confronting the Bomb fearlessly explores tabooed, but urgent, nuclear issues. Concerned citizens, policy makers, and nuclear experts are presented with a rich range of complexities, political and semi-technical. Beginningwith the coming of the atomic age to India, and...

Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy has taught at the department of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University since 1973 and now also teaches at the School of Science and Engineering (LUMS). He received a PhD in nuclear physics from MIT, as well as degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering, and physics from MIT. He was awarded the Abdus Salam Prize ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pagesPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019906833X

ISBN - 13:9780199068333

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Preface1. M. V. Ramana: Scientists and India's nuclear bomb2. Zia Mian: The coming of the atomic age to Pakistan3. Pervez Hoodbhoy: From zero to hundred: Pakistan's nuclear trajectory4. Pervez Hoodbhoy: Making Kashmir a nuclear flashpoint5. Pervez Hoodbhoy: Pakistan's divided divisions: can they protect the nuclear arsenal?6. Pervez Hoodbhoy: The Bomb and East Pakistan7. Pervez Hoodbhoy: From Islamic Bomb to Sunni Bomb?8. Zia Mian, R. Rajaraman, and M.V. Ramana: The infeasibility of early warning9. Zia Mian: The command and control of nuclear weapons10. Zia Mian and A.H. Nayyar: Pakistan's battle-field use of nuclear weapons11. Matthew McKinzie, Zia Mian, A.H. Nayyar, and M.V. Ramana: What nuclear war could do to South Asia12. Zia Mian and A.H. Nayyar: Pakistan's nuclear diplomacy and the fissile materials cutoff treaty13. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian: Speculations on the future of nuclear South Asia14. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian: America, global control, and global disarmament15. Pervez Hoodbhoy: For Pakistan nuclear electricity is not the answer16. Suvrat Raju: For India nuclear electricity is not the answerIndex