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THE COSTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SOUTH ASIA

By Peter R. Lavoy

USIA - U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda, September 1999




With continued fighting in Kashmir, "the risk of another India-Pakistan conventional war seems higher than ever before," says Lavoy. "Even if India and Pakistan do manage to establish nuclear deterrence, the effect will be that every Indian and Pakistani will live under the threat of nuclear annihilation." Lavoy is Director of Counterproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.