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Beyond the Tests: Assessing the South Asian Nuclear Crisis
A Global Beat Tips Sheet based on responses from a diverse group of specialists, and are presented in three categories: the immediate crisis, the view from South Asia, and global nonproliferation policy. Contact information for South Asian and nuclear experts is provided following the text. May 29, 1998
 
Tension Rises Between India and Pakistan in Kashmir
Military moves and alerts on both sides amid the nuclear crisis continue to raise alarms about possible confrontation. Global Intelligence Update, May 22, 1998
 
After Indian Nuke Tests, Public Support for Test Ban Treaty Remains Strong
New nationwide poll shows 73 percent public support for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, May 21, 1998
 
The Proliferation Network
Indian tests and the North Korean threats to restart its nuclear program demand a rethinking of US nonproliferation policy, including new links to vertical disarmament as well as additional inducements to nonproliferation. Wade Huntley, Nautilus Institute Special Report, May 21, 1998
 
India's Nuclear Testing: What it Means for Japan
Provided Japan maintains a secure alliance with the United States, the likelihood that it will follow India's lead in testing nuclear weapons is slim. Robyn Lim, PacNet 21, May 22, 1998
 
Building the Indian Bomb
Background briefing on India's nuclear program and infrastructure. Center for Defense Information, May 21, 1998
 
Will Pakistan Test? The View from Islamabad
Despite claims by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that there has been no decision on a Pakistani test, Foreign Minister Gohar A. Khan's statement this Sunday that it was not a question of "if, but when" has been supported by US satellite intelligence showing great activity in the Chagai hills, Pakistan's alleged test site. By Farah Zahra, Global Beat Issue Brief No. 35, May 19, 1998
 
Fact Sheet: White House on Reducing the Nuclear Threat
This government document details the past six years of progress in curbing nuclear weapons proliferation, reducing stockpiles of dangerous weapons and outlining the need to move quickly in bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) into force. May 17, 1998
 
Prescription for Indian Nuclear Fever: Approve the Test Ban Treaty
India's decision to conduct nuclear weapon test explosions has been met with justifiable condemnation and revulsion by the international community -- particularly from the 149 nations that have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. However, such condemnation must be backed up with action to prevent further nuclear adventurism by India and its neighbor, Pakistan. From Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, May 15, 1998
 
Responding to India's Nuclear Testing: The Challenge for Japan
Unlike the U.S. or other nuclear weapons states, Tokyo cannot be accused of merely trying to maintain its advantage. Japanese leadership could prove a key element in limiting the new nuclear momentum in India and Pakistan. By Ralph Cossa, Pacific Forum CSIS, PacNet No. 20, May 15, 1998.
 
Global Implications of Indian Nuclear Tests
While the global non-proliferation regime hangs in the balance, the Clinton administration, after years of sporadic attention to the spread of weapons of mass destruction, now must play catch-up in this fourth major nuclear crisis of the post-Cold War era. By John Parachini, Intellectual Capital, May 14, 1998
 
White House Statement on Sanctions Imposed on India
Official text of the statement by the White House Press Secretary. May 13, 1998
 
India's Nuclear Tests Demonstrate the Bankruptcy Center of Clinton's So-Called 'Non-Proliferation' Policy
The nuclear tests by India demonstrate the flawed assumptions and utter futility of the centerpiece of the Clinton Administration's pre-eminent foreign policy -- the notion that arms control can be usefully address the dangers posed by proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Center for Security Policy decision brief. May 12, 1998
 
Road to Resurgence
The triple test at Pokhran ends three years of nuclear debate, self-denial and fence-sitting, according to this editorial which argues the testing is part of the Indian Peaceful Nuclear Explosion plan and that it is likely to jump-start India's dormant, frozen spirit. Indian Express. Editorial by Shekhar Gupta, May 12, 1998
 
India's Nuclear Challenge
India's nuclear tests are a threat to the peace and stability of South Asia. They are a setback to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban treaty (CTBT) and the cause of nuclear non-proliferation. They are a rebuke to the policies and legacy of Gandhi and Nehru. By David Cortright, Fourth Freedom Forum, May 12, 1998
 
India Tests Three Nuclear Weapons
India first demonstrated its nuclear capability when it conducted a "peaceful nuclear experiment" in May 1974. Twenty-four years later, India has conducted its second series of tests. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. By Joseph Cirincione and Toby Dalton, May 11, 1998.
 
India Nuclear Test Sure to Trigger Arms Race: Signals a Failed Clinton Non-proliferation Policy
Paul Leventhal, president of the nuclear Control Institute believes India's nuclear test will trigger one or more nuclear test blasts by Pakistan and that President Clinton unwisely offered economic assistance to India, without making clear nuclear abstinence was a bottom-line objective. Nuclear Control Institute release. May 11.
 
A Major Intelligence Failure
The comments by White House press secretary Mike McCurry and National Security Advisor Sandy Berger suggest that the Indian nuclear weapons tests represent a major intelligence failure. Federation of American Scientists. By John Pike, May 11, 1998
 
Indian Scientists on the Indian Nuclear Tests
Open letter by prominent Indian scholars challenges new Indian government nuclear policy, fearing a regional arms race and heightened tensions. May 1998
 
Pakistan to Accelerate Missile Programme
Reports from Pakistan since the April 6 test of its Ghauri Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) suggest that Pakistan has other ballistic missiles under development and is planning to accelerate its missile development programme. Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, April 24, 1998
 
Will India 'Go Nuclear' Under a BJP Government?
With the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP or Indian People's Party) all but certain to form India's next government in the coming days, we remain concerned over the party's recent public posturing on nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile program policies. Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, March 13, 1998
 
BJP Manifesto: On Nation's Security and Foreign Policy
By Mallika Joseph, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, February 28, 1998

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The Nation - Pakistan daily (Lahore)

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Nautilus Institute Daily Reports
Daily summaries from U.S. and Asian sources

South Asian Journalists Association Stylebook for Covering South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora

Analysis

Center for Nonproliferation Studies's India-Pakistan Nuclear Test Page
Most extensive resource page on Indian and Pakistani nuclear and missile programs, from Monterey Institute databases, maps, and Nonproliferation Review journal
 
Carnegie Endowment South Asian Nuclear Crisis page
Extensive background on Indian, Pakistani and Chinese nuclear programs from forthcoming book, Tracking Nuclear Proliferation 1998
 
Federation of American Scientists India-Pakistan page
News and background on nuclear, missile, space, and intelligence programs in both countries with numerous links

Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers India site

Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers Comprehensive Test Ban site

Nuclear Control Institute - Pakistan-India Crisis

Stimson Center - South Asia Confidence Building Measures

Strategic Analysis: Monthly Journal of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (New Delhi)

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Reports on India

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Reports on Pakistan

Governments

U.S. State Dept. South Asia page
Official statements, briefings, testimony and documents

Indian Government Ministry of External Affairs

Indian Parliament

Official Pakistani Homepage

Pakistan Embassy


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