Nuclear Forces in South Asia: Prospects for Arms Control

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gupta, Amit S. (1999) Nuclear Forces in South Asia: Prospects for Arms Control , Security Dialogue 30(3): 319–330.

India and Pakistan recognize the dangers of a nuclear confrontation and need to stabilize their nuclear options. The nuclear forces they are likely to develop will be small in size, localized rather than extra-regional, and 'recessed' rather than deployed. Developing the Lahore process, India and Pakistan could agree to place restrictions on specific categories of nuclear weapons, or at least on their deployment. At the international level, the legal regime needs to be reshaped to fit today'. realities and recognize the three de facto nuclear-weapons states - Israel, India and Pakistan - which are democratic states that have shown responsible behaviour.

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