assessments

In the India-Pakistan Conflict, the Stakes Are Higher Than Ever

Nov 4, 2015 | 09:15 GMT
Pakistani military personnel stand beside a low-yield battlefield deterrent short-range surface-to-surface missile during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad.
Pakistani military personnel stand beside a low-yield battlefield deterrent short-range surface-to-surface missile during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad.
(AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Although it is a nuclear power, India does not operate or plan to develop tactical nuclear weapons. India also maintains a no first use nuclear policy. Pakistan is calculating that tactical nuclear weapons would essentially counter India's conventional military superiority. By using low-yield tactical nuclear weapons on India's armored spearheads within its own territory, Islamabad hopes to deter or defeat India's Cold Start armored thrusts without breaching India's no first use nuclear policy and risking a wider escalation into a strategic nuclear exchange that might include non-military targets such as cities....

Connected Content

Regions & Countries

Article Search

Copyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

Stratfor Worldview

OUR COMMITMENT

To empower members to confidently understand and navigate a continuously changing and complex global environment.

GET THE MOBILE APPGoogle Play