Nuclear Stability in South Asia - Waltz

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Nuclear Stability in South Asia – Kenneth N. Waltz Summary by Tais McNeill This article examines the nuclear situation in South Asia (particularly between Pakistan and  India) 1. First Waltz looks at the Western view of the situation as an ominous event, which he  disagrees with, due to the stability of arms races such as the Cold War and the relative  international safety of mutually assured destruction a. He argues that India and Pakistan would be happy with small numbers of  weapons (enough to deter each other and, in the case of India, China) if the US  would stop intervening in the Asian arms balance 2. The next question Waltz examines is whether the security of India and Pakistan requires  them to become nuclear powers a. Pakistan needs nuclear weapons due to a clear threat from India (i.e. the issue is  of survival) i. It is unable to compete with India in terms of conventional forces or  economic power, therefore nuclear weapons present a relatively cheaper  method to ensure stability between the two.
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