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Drawing False Conclusions

The Indian Left's position on the question of nuclear weapons free zones or WMD free zones has been characterised by several flip-flops. In west Asia, it has supported nuclearisation in the name of opposing American hegemony, while it retains a continued, if inconsistent, belief in nuclear deterrence in south Asia. But the Left now has to clarify its perspective on how best to deal with American military might. To do this needs recognition of the fact that it is in these two regions in Asia where nuclear weapons are most likely to be used and therefore the need for urgent denuclearisation.

Re-Envisioning the State

Space, Territory and the State: New Readings in International Politics edited by Ranabir Samaddar; Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2002; pp 263, Rs 45

Possession and Deployment of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia

This paper examines some of operational requirements and the dangers that come with the possibility that in the foreseeable future India and Pakistan may deploy their nuclear arsenals. The authors first describe the analytical basis for the inevitability of accidents in complex high-technology systems. Then they turn to potential failures of nuclear command and control and early warning systems as examples. They go on to discuss the possibility and consequences of accidental explosions involving nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. Finally some measures to reduce these risks are suggested.

Nuclear Terrorism: A New Threshold?

What do we now say about the possibility of not just states but at least a few non-state actors using weapons of mass destruction or resorting to chemical, biological and nuclear forms of attacks on enemy targets, territories and populations? A new threshold may have been crossed after September 11 that is a source of deep future worry.
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