Muhammad Sadiq

Point, Counter-Point: Troublesome Trajectories for Minimalist Strategy

in Deterrence, India, No First Use, Nuclear, nuclear navy, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan, Point Counter-Point

Point, Counter-Point: Sea-based deterrence In the academic world, controversy, criticism and alarmism are often considered stimuli for further research and innovation to resolve various puzzles. In the policy world, accepting mistakes and acknowledging failures invariably push for innovation and strategic adaptability. Nuclear deterrence has been a “puzzle” and probably will remain so till the time “nuclear

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Farhan Hanif Siddiqi

Democracy and Pakistani Political Culture

in Elections, History, Pakistan, Politics, Theory

While democracy requires attention to structural prerequisites – including a parliamentary system of government, regular elections, a strong judiciary ensuring checks and balances, and smooth relations between civilian and military institutions of the state – it also requires a political culture that is conducive to its consolidation. In other words, for a democracy to institutionalize

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Julia Thompson

Quote of the Week: Illusions of the Nuclear Age

in India, Nonproliferation, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Quotes, Research • 1 Response

In India’s Nuclear Bomb, George Perkovich offers four “exploded illusions” of the nuclear age: 1. Security concerns decisively determine proliferation, 2. Nonproliferation is the flip-side of the proliferation coin, 3. Democracy facilitates nonproliferation, and 4.Equitable disarmament in unnecessary for nonproliferation. In the concluding chapter, he “explores how India’ nuclear history suggests four alternative propositions to the

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Marzia Raza

The Problem of State Terrorism

in History, Pakistan, Security, Terrorism, Theory

Private morality compels many students of International Politics to discard the Realist theory of international relations. It is viewed as vile and excessively negative. A little insight in the works of leading realist thinkers such as Thucydides, Hobbes and Machiavelli would help in deconstructing this initial view of realism. It does offer a pessimistic view

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Julia Thompson

Quote of the Week: India-US Relations – forged in crisis?

in History, India, Quotes, US

In Forged in Crisis: India and the United States Since 1947, Rudra Chaudhuri explores the history and ups and downs of India-US relations, from the conclusion: “India’s relationship with the US has been the most comprehensive association the country has had since independence. Indeed, as this book finds, the more popular reading of the relations

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