The South Asia Stability-Instability Paradox Under the Nuclear Shadow

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    Cross-border clashes between India and Pakistan in 2019, and between India and China in 2020, have placed a spotlight on theories about the stabilising and destabilising effects of nuclear weapons. The experience of the India-Pakistan dyad, and now that within the India-China dyad, is that despite the apparent risks of nuclear escalation, nuclear-armed adversaries may still be prepared to engage in limited, but deadly conventional or sub-conventional conflicts under the nuclear shadow. T his paper uses stability-instability paradox theory to explain the mechanics of this apparent paradox and to discuss how these relationships may evolve in future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    JournalNational Security Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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