Compelling policy analysis utilizes empirical evidence. South Asian Voices (SAV) is hosted by the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. Explore the empirical Stimson research resources below to learn more about: crises, confidence-building measures, defense spending, military modernization, nuclear weapons, and non-state actor violence on the subcontinent. The Editors of SAV encourage contributors to utilize and cite the resources below and to build upon them by collecting and visualizing new data.
Confidence Building Measures
- Additional CBM Research
Between 1995 and 2015, India’s defense budget grew, on average, over 5.5 percent annually (see Figure 2). Drawing on India’s impressive economic growth, the country has gone from a contested regional power to one of the preeminent regional powers along with China and Japan. In 2015, India’s defense budget topped billion, making it the sixth largest in the world. India’s defense spending accounted for three percent of international defense spending in 2015. In contrast, India’s share was just over one percent in 1995. In short, India’s military profile has never been higher.
Read analysis on the trajectories, priorities, and risks of military budgets in India and Pakistan here.
Nuclear & Radiological Material Insecurity: Terrorism & Facilities
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Read analysis on the dangers of nuclear and radiological insecurity by Stimson researchers HERE.
Ballistic Missiles in South Asia
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See more resources from the Stimson Center open online course, “Nuclear South Asia: A Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb” here:
Voter Turnout and Stone Pelting in Kashmir (2014)
Read analysis on political sub-violence in Kashmir by Stimson researchers HERE.