Accession Number:

ADA364140

Title:

Reexamining U.S. Nonproliferation Policy in South Asia

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

The goal of U.S. policy toward South Asia has been to preclude the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. In support of these policies, the U.S. Congress enacted a series of legislation to provide automatic sanctions against nation states that violated nuclear proliferation protocols. In May 1998, first India and then Pakistan crossed the nuclear threshold by conducting tests of nuclear weapons, and then declaring themselves nuclear weapon states. These tests brought automatic sanctions from the U.S. government as well as condemnation from the UN Security Council. In the wake of this development, U.S. policy requires reassessment with an eye toward the short-term need to lessen the likelihood of conflict in South Asia, and with a long-term goal of implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT. Several options exist, but the policy option with the greatest likelihood for success is increased engagement by the U.S. in South Asia by using both inducements and sanctions to move India and Pakistan back into compliance with current international nuclear

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE