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Teaching with History: The West and Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons

Gennady Evstafiev

What is really called for in this situation is a joint attempt at aversion of the nuclear threat, not unilateral decisionmaking by theUnited States. In order to secure Pakistan's nuclear disarmament, an overwhelming majority of UN members should join efforts in attempting to persuade Pakistan to follow the example of Germany, Sweden and South Africa in voluntarily abandoning its nuclear ambitions (persuade, not use force to deprive the country of a source of national pride). This would demand enormous political will, and might require giving Pakistan unprecedented incentives and comprehensive security guarantees, including the international nuclear umbrella Mr. Bhutto was seeking years ago. Such a scenario might sound utopian, but it's worth a try.”

Teaching with History: The West and Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons


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