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Description - Dangerous Deterrent by S. Paul Kapur

Does the proliferation of nuclear weapons cause ongoing conflicts to diminish or to intensify? The spread of nuclear weapons to South Asia offers an opportunity to investigate this crucial question. Optimistic scholars argue that by threatening to raise the cost of war astronomically, nuclear weapons make armed conflict in South Asia extremely unlikely. Pessimistic scholars maintain that nuclear weapons make the subcontinent war-prone, because of technological, political, and organizational problems. This book argues that nuclear weapons have destabilized the subcontinent, principally because of their interaction with India and Pakistan's territorial preferences and relative military capabilities. These findings challenge both optimistic and pessimistic conventional wisdom and have implications beyond South Asia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804755504
ISBN-10: 0804755507
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 277
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - S. Paul Kapur

S. Paul Kapur is Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the United States Naval War College.