Open Minds 2017: Public Square

Vipin Narang, Political Scientist

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The Decoder

He seems to love triggering debates, like the one he did over India’s nuclear doctrine recently. This MIT professor said India would abandon its no-first use stance on nuclear weapons if threatened by such a Pakistani attack. He came to this conclusion based on a close reading of reports and a book by Shivshankar Menon, National Security Adviser to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

To hit Pakistan where it hurts—the source of the sponsorship—India would have to degrade Pakistan’s military or ISI assets

Narang, whose first book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era, established his reputation worldwide as an expert on the nuclear strategies of various countries, including North Korea, is convinced that India has veered away from its 2003 undertaking not to start a nuclear war in the region.

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