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Professor Paul Kapur Publishes New Pieces on India and on Stability-Instability Paradox

October 17, 2017

NSA Professor S. Paul Kapur has recently had two new works published. The first is an article in a recent issue of Foreign Policy, co-authored with Sumit Ganguly. In the article, titled “Is India Starting to Flex Its Military Muscles,” the authors discuss the summer 2017 deployment of India’s troops to the Doklam plateau near the Bhutan-China-India border to prevent China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from constructing a road. The standoff lasted two months. The authors argue this is not another insignificant Sino-Indian spat along the border region. Instead, they believe the incident could signal changes in India’s strategic character and investigate what may have prompted India to be confrontational.  

The second piece is a chapter in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (edited by Dr. Fathali M. Moghaddam, Georgetown) titled “Stability-Instability Paradox.” In the chapter, Professor Kapur explores the logic of the stability-instability paradox and its central role in nuclear deterrence. He also discusses policy challenges created by the stability-instability paradox with regard to nuclear-armed states. Finally, he explains why the stability-instability paradox will remain an inescapable problem for nuclear states in the future.

To read “Is India Starting to Flex,” click here.

To read the “Stability-Instability Paradox,” click here.