South Asia's Cold War: Nuclear Weapons and Conflict in Comparative Perspective (Asian Security Studies) (Paperback)

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South Asia's Cold War: Nuclear Weapons and Conflict in Comparative Perspective (Asian Security Studies) (Paperback)

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This book is a ground-breaking analysis of the India-Pakistan nuclear confrontation as a form of 'cold war' - that is, a hostile relationship between nuclear rivals.

Drawing on nuclear rivalries between similar pairs (United States-Soviet Union, United States-China, Soviet Union-China, and United States-North Korea), the work examines the rise, process and potential end of the cold war between India and Pakistan. It identifies the three factors driving the India-Pakistan rivalry: ideational factors stemming from partition; oppositional roles created by the distribution of power in South Asia; and the particular kind of relationship created by nuclear weapons. The volume assesses why India and Pakistan continue in non-crisis times to think about power and military force in outmoded ways embedded in pre-nuclear times, and draws lessons applicable to them as well as to other contemporary nuclear powers and states that might be engaged in future cold wars.

Rajesh M. Basrur is Associate Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Product Details ISBN: 9780415570350
ISBN-10: 0415570352
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 27th, 2009
Pages: 184
Language: English
Series: Asian Security Studies