This book explores evolving patterns of nuclear deterrence, the impact of new technologies, and changing deterrent force postures in the South Asian region to assess future challenges for sustainable peace and stability.

Under the core principles of the security dilemma, this book analyzes the prevailing security environment in South Asia and offers unilateral, bilateral, and multilateral frameworks to stabilize peace and ensure deterrence stability in the South Asian region. Moreover, contending patterns of deterrence dynamics in the South Asian region are further elaborated as becoming inextricably interlinked with the broader security dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region and the interactions with the United States and China’s Belt and Road Initiative. As India and Pakistan are increasingly becoming part of the competing strategies exercised by the United States and China, the authors analyze how strategic uncertainty and fear faced by these rival states cause the introduction of new technologies which could gradually drift these competing states into more serious crises and military conflicts.

Presenting innovative solutions to emerging South Asian challenges and offering new security mechanisms for sustainable peace and stability, this book will be of interest to academics and policymakers working on Asian Security studies, Nuclear Strategy, and International Relations.

chapter |19 pages


chapter 1|28 pages

New technologies and the systemic security dilemma


chapter 3|26 pages

India’s evolving nuclear strategy under the essentials of its minimum deterrence

Limitations and challenges

chapter 4|19 pages

Pakistan’s evolving nuclear policy

The pursuit of balance sans parity

chapter 6|30 pages

Balancing and stabilizing South Asia

Challenges and opportunities for sustainable peace and stability

chapter |16 pages