At one level, the existing nuclear order has been a success – the nuclear taboo has held for over 75 years; nuclear weapon stockpiles have come down from 70000 weapons in the early 1980s to 15000 today; and only four countries are outside the NPT. And yet, there is a chorus of concern that nuclear risks are rising. Why?
A paper published by the Journal for Peace and Disarmament that will appear later in 2023 as a chapter in a forthcoming title
In a paper for the Chao Track (a Track II initiative between India and Pakistan) I examine the nuclear dynamics between India and Pakistan by examining the various crises that have challenged the leadership in both countries since the 1980s. Conclusion-the two countries must have a strategic dialogue to ensure that miscalculations do not lead to inadvertent escalation.
In conversation with Lt Gen Amit Sharma (Former C-in-C, Strategic Force Command), Hannah Haegeland (Sandia National Laboratories), Dr Manpreet Sethi (Distinguished Fellow, Centre For Air Power Studies) and Dr Toby Dalton (Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment) for CSDR