10 Years after the South Asian Nuclear Tests: A Nuclear Watershed in the Rearview Mirror in Global Forecast: the Top Security Ch
November 14, 2007
The May 1998 nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, and the international response to them, are increasingly understood as watershed events in the effort to curtail the spread of nuclear weapons. Although the tests were not catalysts for subsequent events, the period before the tests was marked by progress and optimism about prospects for containing proliferation, while the period following the tests has become more problematic. The 10-year anniversary of the South Asian nuclear explosions provides leaders with an opportunity to consider how best to reenergize flagging efforts to prevent the spread and use of nuclear weapons in the years ahead.
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