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Politics, Proximity And Paranoia: The Evolution Of Kashmir As A Nuclear Flashpoint

Title:Politics, Proximity And Paranoia: The Evolution Of Kashmir As A Nuclear Flashpoint
Author:Timothy D. Hoyt
Publication:India Review / Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Enumeration:Vol. 2, No. 3 ,pp.: 117 - 144 , July 2003
Abstract:This article traces the evolution of Kashmir as a "nuclear flashpoint," and the relationship between Kashmir, nuclear weapons, and regional security. The first section discusses the concept of a geopolitical flashpoint, providing a definition and a series of historical examples. The Kashmir issue and its role in the broader Indo-Pakistani conflict fit reasonably neatly into this definition. A second section briefly traces the history of nuclear weapons programs in the region, as the potential for nuclear escalation by competing powers or their allies is a key factor in defining nuclear flashpoints (a post-1945 phenomenon). The third section examines the evolution of the Kashmir issue and successive Indo-Pakistani crises within a nuclearized regional environment from 1984 to 2003. The final section assesses the prospects for Kashmir in the near future, and concludes that due to underlying political factors, Kashmir will remain a nuclear flashpoint for the foreseeable future.

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