Accession Number:

ADA525408

Title:

The Risk of Inadvertent Nuclear Use Between India and Pakistan

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-03

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Although the Indian and Pakistani governments strongly desire to avoid a fourth war, the coercive diplomacy pursued by each side has brought them to the brink of major conflict on more than one occasion in recent years. Today tensions remain high, and war is a distinct possibility. Should hostilities break out, what are the chances that the fighting could be confined to the use of conventional military force Although both Indian and Pakistani leaders would do everything in their power to avoid using nuclear weapons, there are three situations in which a large-scale conventional conflict between India and Pakistan could inadvertently escalate to nuclear warfare because of the nations asymmetries in doctrine and military capabilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE