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Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The Next Decade

Edited by Feroz Hassan Khan, Ryan Jacobs, and Emily Burke

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This collection of selected papers brings together findings from the Center on Contemporary Conflict’s (CCC) South Asian Nuclear Learning project. With support from the National Nuclear Security Administration, a group of regional scholars from India, Pakistan, and the United States convened in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012 to discuss the concept of nuclear learning and apply it to the regional context of South Asia. Participants presented research findings assessing regional perspectives on nuclear learning, doctrinal developments, command and control setups, deterrence strategies, and approaches towards arms control and confidence-building measures.


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  1. The Challenges of Nuclear Learning in South Asia - Feroz Khan and Ryan Jacobs
  2. The Concept of Nuclear Learning: A Study of the Indian Experience - Happymon Jacob
  3. The Concept of Nuclear Learning: Pakistan’s Learning Experience - Naeem Salik
  4. Military Modernization and Technological Maturation, an Indian Perspective: Stabilizing the Instability-Stability Paradox - Vipin Narang
  5. Trends in Technological Maturation and Strategic Modernization: The Next Decade - Mansoor Ahmed
  6. The Evolution of Pakistan’s Nuclear Doctrine - Naeem Salik
  7. Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Nuclear Learning and Doctrinal Thinking: Understanding the Pakistani Perspective and Assessing Deterrence Stability - Sadia Tasleem
  8. Command and Control Trends and Choices for the Next Decade in South Asia - Christopher Clary
  9. The Next Decade of Nuclear Unlearning: Command and Control and Management of Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons - Ghulam Mujaddid
  10. Nuclear Arms Control and CBMs: Prospects and Challenges - Manpreet Sethi
  11. The Introduction of Ballistic Missile Defense in South Asia: Implications on Strategic Stability - Zafar Nawaz Jaspal