Course Objectives

Introduces key nuclear debates, provides an overview of the course structure, and explores why the international community cares about “nuclear South Asia.” Explores the origins of India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs as well as the factors that prompted both countries to test nuclear weapons in 1998. Outlines the key elements of India and Pakistan’s respective nuclear doctrines and postures. Experts also debate such issues as India’s “Cold Start” doctrine, Pakistan’s development of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs), and deterrence stability and credibility on the subcontinent.  Considers the role of nuclear weapons in the 1999 Kargil Conflict, the 2001-02 Twin Peaks Crisis, and other crises in South Asia. Special attention is paid to crisis management and lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to familarize students with nuclear proliferation in South Asia. At the end students will be able to understand key terminologies and key concepts. It will enable them to understand Indian military doctrines including the Cold Start Doctrine (CSD), Joint Armed Forces Doctrine (JAFD), the Land Warfare Doctrine (LWD) and the fragile New Normal coined by Modi.

  • Assessment Criteria;

    Attendance and Class Participation: 10%
  • 75% of attendance would be mandatory to take the final term exams. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussion and ask questions. Students are expected to come to class well prepared, having read the assigned reading for each class. Please come to class on time. Habitually coming to class late will be penalized. Cell phones must be turned off. If your phone rings in class on more than one occasion, I will ask you to leave class.
  • Short Term Paper: 4%
    Each student is required to submit a short-term paper of ranging 2000 to 3000 words on  the assigned titles. Similarity Index would be evaluated by using Turnitin Software.
    Presentations: 4%
  • Map Quiz: 2%
  • Mid Term Examination: 30%
  • Final Term  Examination: 50%​

Recommended Books
South Asian Security and International Nuclear Order: Creating a Robust Indo-Pakistani Nuclear Arms Control Regime By Mario Esteban Carranza

Class Timing and Days
Monday 1530 Hrs to 1700 Hrs
Wednesday 1230 Hrs to 1400 Hrs

Course Material