Nuclear Pakistan Strategic Dimensions

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

EditorZulfqar Khan

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Pakistan's Nuclear Posturing is a critical study of nuclear and deterrence-related security dilemma of Pakistan vis-a-vis India. It recapitulates the different facets of its strategic dimensions in view of the growing conventional and strategic asymmetry. It critically examines some key issueslike: NPT; nuclear command and control; BMD system; Pakistan's nuclear posture of credible minimum deterrence; Kashmir conflict; Pakistan's approach to biological weapons non-proliferation regime; and the role of tactical nuclear weapons in future offensive-deterrence planning - from a Pakistaniprism. In the twenty-first century, Pakistan faces multiple threats - military-cum-non-military in parallel with its weak economic, diplomatic and regional clout vis-a-vis India. This situation was further aggravated as a consequence to the negative effects of the Indo-United States Nuclear Agreement andthe Strategic Partnership on Pakistan. Consequently, Pakistan's policy of strategic posturing has manifestly shifted toward comparative risk taking with intent to strengthen its deterrence against its adversary - India. Moreover, in order to make its deterrence more vibrant and effective, Pakistanhad initiated a sophisticated strategic measures in the realm of restructuring and reinforcement of its command and control and export control regimes and, in addition, calibrated it's nuclear posturing on more ambiguous pedestal. In this backdrop, the book endeavours to unravel a whole gamut ofissues that are by default linked with this policy.

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Pakistan's Nuclear Posturing is a critical study of nuclear and deterrence-related security dilemma of Pakistan vis-a-vis India. It recapitulates the different facets of its strategic dimensions in view of the growing conventional and strategic asymmetry. It critically examines some key issueslike: NPT; nuclear command and control; BMD...

Dr Zulfqar Khan is a Senior Analyst, Pakistan Ministry of Defence; Visiting Fellow Islamabad Policy Research Institute; former Visiting Faculty of Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; and presently Visiting Faculty of the National Defence University, Islamabad. He has over twenty-five years ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019906315X

ISBN - 13:9780199063154

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Introduction2. Zulfqar Khan: Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Pakistan's Option of Offensive-Deterrence3. Zafar Iqbal Cheema: Pakistan's Posture of Credible Minimum Deterrence: Current Challenges and Future Efficacy4. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal: India's BMD System Development and Pakistan's Countermeasures: Catalyst for Deterrence Instability in South Asia5. Shaheen Akhtar: Kashmir Conflict, International Community and Deterrence Stability in South Asia6. James Revill and Malcolm Dando: The Evolution of Pakistan's Approach to Biological Weapons Non-Proliferation Regime7. A. Z. Hilali: Strategic Dimensions of Pakistan's Nuclear Programme and Its Command and Control System8. Muhammad Khurshid Khan: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference 2010: Emerging Trends and Policy Options for PakistanContributorsIndex