Ahsan Ali Zahid & Hasan Ehtisham
Ahsan Ali Zahid is M. Phil scholar in School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan.
Hasan Ehtisham is M. Phil scholar in Department of Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan.
In realist paradigm of International relations, one shall not solely trust the words of another state when it is a matter of a threat to national security. States can abrogate even a mutual pact when it is conflicting with their national interests. For instance, in December 1940, several sources warned Stalin about the imminent threat of a Nazi invasion, but he remained oblivious and assumed that Hitler would abide by the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.
Nuclear terrorism in real is a quite petrifying phenomenon, but there is no tangible study available that this threat is genuine in a world where nuclear technology is heavily regulated and secured. Since there is no terrorist incident have yet been reported which involves nuclear weapons, there is disagreement among the analysts that how serious the threat of nuclear terrorism could be. However, such arguments should not be a source of complacency.
The U.S. support to mainstream India among recognized nuclear states is more likely based on nepotism rather than merit. No doubt India is the South Asian regional power with huge land, manpower and economy. However its regional strategic insecurity as well as coercive military aggression towards neighboring countries to submit to the Indian superiority complex is conflict provoking.
Today, modern security revolves around the concept of nuclear deterrence and no matter how much idealists want to have a perfect world without nuclear weapons, these weapons have their own utility. In this context Dr. Christine Leah, a nuclear policy expert is of the view that Cutting nuclear arms will destabilize South Asia. She was addressing a roundtable discussion on ‘Conventional and Nuclear force Modernization and its Regional Implications’ at the Centre for International Strategic Studies (CISS).