The U.S. Approach to Negotiating with India featuring Teresita Schaffer, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East and South Asia at the U.S. Department of State.
Schaffer argues that India: (i) sees itself as a unique and historic civilization, (ii) adheres to the idea of strategic authonomy, (iii) does not hesitate to say "no" in multilateral negotiations that compromise its interests.
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Welcome to Nuclear Learning, an online initiative produced by the Stimson Center to facilitate the study of nuclear competition and dangers in South Asia.
There are few issues as consequential as “nuclear South Asia.” Stockpiles are growing. Diplomacy is not keeping up. Deterrence stability cannot be taken for granted.
Stimson’s first open online course, Nuclear South Asia, is available free of charge at www.nuclearlearning.org.
Nuclear South Asia is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of perspectives regarding India and Pakistan's nuclear trajectories available online. The course includes video interviews with more than 80 leading practitioners and scholars, including former senior diplomats and military officers from India, Pakistan, and the United States.
Nuclear South Asia is divided into seven chapters:
• Chapter 1: Introduction to Nuclear South Asia;
• Chapter 2: Nuclear History;
• Chapter 3: Nuclear Policies and Postures;
• Chapter 4: The Global Nuclear Order;
• Chapter 5: Nuclear Crises and Crisis Management;
• Chapter 6: Confidence-Building and Nuclear Risk-Reduction Measures; and
• Chapter 7: The Future of “Nuclear South Asia.”
Among the topics covered in the course are: India and Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear tests; the 1999 Kargil Conflict between India and Pakistan; U.S. crisis management; the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear deal; India and Pakistan’s quest for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group; and China’s role in “nuclear South Asia.”
Upon completing Nuclear South Asia, students will be able to:
• Understand the factors motivating India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs, doctrines, and postures;
• Assess the impact of emerging policies and capabilities on deterrence stability;
• Describe India and Pakistan’s positions vis-à-vis the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other elements of the global nuclear order;
• Analyze crisis episodes, management challenges, and confidence-building efforts on the Subcontinent; and
• Propose innovate solutions to reduce nuclear competition and dangers in South Asia.
• Earn a certificate: students have the option of earning a Stimson-issued certificate, an important credential for academic and professional advancement. To earn a certificate, students must watch the video lessons, complete the quizzes, and pass a final exam.
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