India-Pakistan Strategic Relations

The Nuclear Dilemma

Christoph Bluth and Uzma Mumtaz

ibidem Press

India-Pakistan Strategic Relations

Pub Date: May 2020

ISBN: 9783838214139

350 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $46.00

Pub Date: May 2020

ISBN: 9783838274133

350 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $30.99

India-Pakistan Strategic Relations

The Nuclear Dilemma

Christoph Bluth and Uzma Mumtaz

ibidem Press

India and Pakistan have been in a state of persistent conflict that goes back to the very creation of these states after decolonization. This conflict has resulted in several wars and continuing armed clashes. After both states became nuclear powers, one would have expected a fundamental change in the way they wage war, since it is a fundamental principle of International Relations theory that nuclear-armed states do not go to war with each other. But the situation in South Asia seems to defy this principle. India’s conventional superiority should be neutralized by Pakistan’s nuclear capability, while Pakistan’s risk-taking behavior should be reduced. But as a matter of fact, the situation has turned out quite differently: Although large-scale conventional wars have not occurred, the nuclear status seems to have encouraged conflict and risk-taking. The number of armed clashes rose.

Bluth and Mumtaz scrutinize the atypical and seemingly paradoxical impact of nuclearization on the conflict between India and Pakistan, paying extra attention on the question of how stable this paradoxical strategic relation-ship is. They demonstrate that the dominant paradigm used in the International Relations literature is by far not adequate to explain the strategic relations between India and Pakistan and set to work on developing a more coherent explanation. A must-read for everyone interested in International Relations and conflict resolution research.

About the Author

Christoph Bluth is Professor of International Relations and Security at the University of Bradford, England. He is a renowned expert on international security and nuclear weapons policy and has published seminal works on Russia, Korea, and European security.

Uzma Mumtaz completed her doctoral work at the University of Leeds.