Jayita Sarkar

Article Review: “New Delhi’s Long Nuclear Journey: How Secrecy and Institutional Roadblocks Delayed India’s Weaponization”

in History, India, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Research

Article Review: Gaurav Kampani. “New Delhi’s Long Nuclear Journey: How Secrecy and Institutional Roadblocks Delayed India’s Weaponization,” International Security 38:4 (Spring 2014): 79-114. Gaurav Kampani examines a significant research puzzle in nuclear proliferation literature, namely, India’s slow weaponization process. Addressing the period 1989-1999, he argues that despite acquiring nuclear weapons in 1989-1990, New Delhi lacked the

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Rabia Akhtar

CIA’s Drones Warfare And The Human Story

in Drones, Military, Pakistan, Policy, Technology, Terrorism, US

If one looks at the total number of drone strikes resulting in casualties inside Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) from 2004 until 2014, they are lesser in comparison to civilian and military causalities combined in Pakistan in the past six years.  According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: total strikes conducted (until Jun 2014) were 389,

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Debak Das

Increased FDI in the Indian Defence: Feeding Conventional Asymmetry?

in Budget, Conventional Forces, Defence, Economy, India • 2 Responses

The recent Indian Union Budget announced the new government’s policy of allowing 49% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence sector. Whether this will accelerate the process of indigenization of the defence sector and pave the way to greater self-reliance, or whether it will compromise India’s national security, (as former Defence Minister, A.K. Antony seems

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Julia Thompson

Voices this Week: Nuclear Scholarship

in Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Research, Voices this Week

Voices this Week draws together published material on an important strategic issue in South Asia.  This week: we draw upon an ongoing conversation on the merits of qualitative and quantitative analysis in nuclear scholarship. A recent H-Diplo International Security Studies Forum addresses the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to nuclear scholarship (read it here). Scott

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Tridivesh Singh Maini

The Wagah-Attari Land Crossing: Its many images

in Cooperation, India, Pakistan, Trade

The Wagah-Attari border has a number of connotations. It is primarily the line which divides India and Pakistan, and is the same point which witnessed large scale migration during the partition of 1947. The land route remained an important connector between the two countries until the war of 1965. Apart from being the line which

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