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    Asma Khalid

    The writer is a Research Associate at Strategic Vision Institute (SVI) Islamabad. can be reached at asmaakhalid_90@hotmail.com

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  • Role of External Actors in Nuclear Politics of South Asia0

    Asma Khalid    29 November, 2018 The strategic landscape of the South Asia is comprised of India and Pakistan’s equation connected with the role of other great powers in region.  Geo-strategic position and introduction of nuclear arsenal has played central role to transform the relations among South Asian states and great powers. The conflicting national

  • The U.S.-India Nuclear Deal: Tale of Ten Years0

    Asma Khalid      31 October 2018 The 2008 India-US civil nuclear deal is marked as one of the most significant events in the strategic landscape of South Asia in last 3 decades. This deal has been viewed as the beginning of a special relationship between India and the US. However, after signing the nuclear

  • Pakistan’s Defence Day: why nuclear weapon capability was inevitable?0

    Image credit: Daily Pakistan by Asma Khalid       8 September 2018 Six September is known as Defense Day (Youm-e-Difa) of Pakistan. It is celebrated every year with full devotion to giving tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the defence of Pakistan during second war between India and Pakistan in 1965. Though

  • Fifty Years of NPT: Weaknesses over the course0

    Asma Khalid      30 July 2018 NPT is a landmark treaty that lies at the heart of the non-proliferation regime (NPR). In July 2018, the Fiftieth anniversary of the NPT has been celebrated. Theoretically, NPT is committed to the goal of arms control and aims to accomplish the nuclear disarmament. For this purpose, the

  • Agni-V Canister Launch: Facts and Implications0

    by Asma Khalid   16/7/2018 Three main nuclear players of Asia: China, India, and Pakistan have established a “triangular” dilemma due to their security concerns. This is manifested through the development of advanced conventional and nuclear weapon forces. China is pursuing a military modernization program to counter the US in the Asia-Pacific region, whereas India’s development

  • India’s Shifting Nuclear Doctrine: Impact on Strategic Stability0

    Asma Khalid      4/7/2018 Strategic Stability is considered crucial for preventing war and conflict between nuclear adversaries. It is comprised of two essential factors: deterrence equilibrium and crisis stability. India and Pakistan’s military buildup and technological advancements are considered satisfactory to maintain the Balance of Power (BOP) and nuclear deterrence equilibrium. While on the

  • Pakistan – Youm-e-Takbeer: History and Significance0

    Asma Khalid      27/5/2018 28th May this year marks the 20th anniversary of the historical moment when Pakistan successfully detonated nuclear devices in the Chagai district, Balochistan; and joined the prestigious club of nuclear weapon states. Pakistan was compelled to test the atomic weapon in response to a series of nuclear tests by India

  • “MODI-XI Wuhan Summit: Critical Analysis of Competition and Co-operation”0

    by Asma Khalid      15/5/2018 “When two Asian giants shake hands, the world notices,” (Manmohan Singh) Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and India are known as the two most populated states of the globe. Both states have been closely interlinked through history and civilizational interactions; as both are the ancient civilizations of this world.

  • The significance of Nuclear Information Sharing in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid  29/4/2018 The regional competitive environment of South Asia has fueled the diplomatic tension and security anxieties between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a history of hostile relations which have been strained by some historical and political issues. Due to prioritization of security concerns of regional states, South Asia is undergoing a

  • Negating Nuclear Bluff0

    Asma Khalid    14/4/2018 The war of words between India and Pakistan’s militaries prove that both South Asian nuclear states are intertwined in a traditional security competition. Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, while delivering the annual Army dinner, stated:”We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to confront the Pakistanis,

  • Trends in Global Arms Transfer: Viewpoint from the Sub-continent0

    Asma Khalid        21/3/2018 Over the past several years, India’s unprecedented military modernization goals have worsened the security environment of South Asia. India’s increasing defense spending and its quest for acquiring sophisticated weapon systems and technologies have threatened the regional peace and stability. India is directing a huge scale modernization of its military

  • Missile Development in South Asia: Strategic Assessment of 20170

    Asma Khalid        16/3/2018 The South Asia action-reaction dynamics and complex strategic geometry forces India and Pakistan to maintain qualitative and quantitative edge in strategic weapons. Both nuclear neighbors are tangled in traditional security competition and enhancing their strategic force capabilities rapidly. India’s pursuit of sophisticated technology and long-range ballistic missile development has

  • Pakistan and Non-Proliferation Treaty: Concerns and Challenges0

    Asma Khalid      27/2/2018   In the contemporary security environment, one of the predominant challenges to the world peace and security is the spread of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), since its inception, is considered as universal arms control agreement, which has been adhered to by all states except India, North Korea,

  • Kashmir Conflict and Dynamics of Regional Security0

    by Asma Khalid 12/2/2018 Ever since the creation of Pakistan and the ensuing problem of the accession of the Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmiri people have been suffering under the unjust Indian occupation. Despite India’s military and political maneuvers in the occupied Kashmir, the majority of the local population has been seeking


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