Fearful Symmetry: India-Pakistan Crises in the Shadow of Nuclear Weapons

Paperback | June 27, 2006

bySumit Ganguly, Devin T. Hagerty

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With the nuclearization of the Indian subcontinent, Indo-Pakistani crisis behavior has acquired a deadly significance. The past two decades have witnessed no fewer than six crises against the backdrop of a vigorous nuclear arms race. Except for the Kargil war of 1998-9, all these events were resolved peacefully.

Nuclear war was avoided despite bitter mistrust, everyday tensions, an intractable political conflict over Kashmir, three wars, and the steady refinement of each side's nuclear capabilities. Sumit Ganguly and Devin T. Hagerty carefully analyze each crisis, reviewing the Indian and Pakistani domestic political systems and key decisions during the relevant period.

This lucid and comprehensive study of the two nations' crisis behavior in the nuclear age is the first work on Indo-Pakistani relations to take systematic account of the role played by the United States in South Asia's security dynamics over the past two decades in the context of unipolarization, and formulates a blueprint for American policy toward a more positive and productive India-Pakistan relationship.

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With the nuclearization of the Indian subcontinent, Indo-Pakistani crisis behavior has acquired a deadly significance. The past two decades have witnessed no fewer than six crises against the backdrop of a vigorous nuclear arms race. Except for the Kargil war of 1998-9, all these events were resolved peacefully.Nuclear war was avoided ...

Sumit Ganguly is professor of political science and Rabindranath Tagore Chair of Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. Devin T. Hagerty is associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 9.29 × 5.91 × 0.55 inPublished:June 27, 2006Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295986352

ISBN - 13:9780295986357

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Wars without End?3. 1984: India, Pakistan, and Preventive War Fears4. Threat Perceptions, Military Modernization, and a Crisis5. The 1990 Kashmir Crisis6. Out of the Closet: The 1998 Nuclear Tests Crisis7. The Road to Kargil8. The 2001-2 Indo-Pakistani Crisis: Exposing the Limits of Coercive Diplomacy9. Lessons, Implications, and Policy SuggestionsIndex

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With the nuclearization of the Indian subcontinent, Indo-Pakistani crisis behavior has acquired a deadly significance. The past two decades have witnessed no fewer than six crises against the backdrop of a vigorous nuclear arms race. Except for the Kargil war of 1998-9, all these events were resolved peacefully.Nuclear war was avoided despite bitter mistrust, everyday tensions, an intractable political conflict over Kashmir, three wars, and the steady refinement of each side's nuclear capabilities. Sumit Ganguly and Devin T. Hagerty carefully analyze each crisis, reviewing the Indian and Pakistani domestic political systems and key decisions during the relevant period.This lucid and comprehensive study of the two nations' crisis behavior in the nuclear age is the first work on Indo-Pakistani relations to take systematic account of the role played by the United States in South Asia's security dynamics over the past two decades in the context of unipolarization, and formulates a blueprint for American policy toward a more positive and productive India-Pakistan relationship.Represents a superb effort to understand the impact of nuclear weapons on South Asian stability. By using available public information about regional crises in a theoretically sensitive way, this book makes a major contribution to the deterrence literature. - Ashley J. Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace