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India's Emerging Nuclear Posture : Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal

Ashley J. Tellis (Author)
Synopsis After a hiatus of almost twenty-four years, India startled the international community by resuming nuclear testing in May 1998. Pakistan responded later the same month with five nuclear tests of its own. The belief that the nuclear tests in South Asia have not only altered the strategic environment in the region but also transformed New Delhi into a ‘nuclear weapons power’ recurs constantly in Indian strategic and political analyses. In this comprehensive examination of India’s nuclear strategy, the author addresses these issues in the context of a broader understanding of India’s strategic interests, its institutional structures, and its security goals. He argues that the truth is much more complex than most analysts believe and that, despite demonstrating an ability to successfully undertake nuclear explosions, India still has some way to go before it can acquire the capabilities that would make it a consequential nuclear power. Dr. Tellis, a long-time observer of India, draws on a great variety of resources, including Indian and western literature on the subject, and interviews with important Indian political figures, to give arguably the most complete picture to date of India’s nuclear strategy. This book brings together the many pieces of India’s nuclear puzzle and the ramifications for South Asia. It examines the choices facing India in order to discern which future courses of action appear most appealing to Indian security managers. It details how such choices, if acted upon, would affect U.S. strategic interests, India’s neighbours, and the world at large. This is an important book for both the generalist and the specialist and will interest policy-makers, analysts and researchers in strategic and international studies, political scientists and lay readers.
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About the author

Ashley J. Tellis

Ashley J. Tellils is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Woshinigton, D.C. He is also a senior consulting fellow for South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. Before his current appointment at the Carnegie, he was commissioned into the Foreign Service with the US Department of State and served as senior adviser to the US ambassador to India. He has also briefly served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia. Prior to his government service, he spent eight years with the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, as a senior policy analyst and as a professor of policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School. Tellis’s research interests focus on international relations theory, military strategy and proliferation issues, South Asian politics, and United State – Asia security relations. He has written two books: India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture (RAND, 2001) and Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (coauthored with Michael Swaine, RAND, 2000). He has published scholarly articles in several edited volumes and journals, including the Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Survey, Orbis, comparative Strategy, the Naval War College Review, and Security Studies.

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Title India's Emerging Nuclear Posture : Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195659058
length xxx+885p. Figures; Maps; Tables.