Technological Determinism and Challenges to Deterrence in Southern Asia
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Technological Determinism and Challenges to Deterrence in Southern Asia

Policy Brief No. 83

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Southern Asian strategic stability is fragile with multiple challenges affecting crisis stability, deterrence stability, and arms race stability. With rapid scientific developments, technological advancements are translating into new advanced military capabilities at a much faster rate. As countries move to achieve technological superiority, they are exploring ways to exploit “gray zones” or areas where their adversaries’ deterrence is the most vulnerable across various domains. Cross-domain coercion adds to the fragility of deterrence.

In this environment, India and Pakistan must initiate a bilateral dialogue to discuss South Asian strategic stability with a focus on minimizing the drivers of instability and strengthening mutual deterrence.

A joint publication by APLN and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).


About the Author

Dr Rabia Akhtar is Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore. She is the founding Director of the School of Integrated Social Sciences, University of Lahore. She holds a PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She is a Fulbright alumna (2010-2015). Dr. Akhtar received her Master’s in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and her Masters in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA.


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