Security Dilemmas in Asia
A chain of asymmetrical security dilemmas exists in Asia, in which rivalries between pairs of weaker and stronger states are driving security conflicts. Pakistan views India as its primary threat; India is focused on China; China's principal security concern is the United States; and the United States worries about any potential challengers. States confronting stronger rivals often feel the need to improve their military capabilities, even if this threatens their weaker neighbours. The asymmetrical relationships in Asia not only complicate global arms control and non-proliferation efforts, but also have the potential to fuel ballistic missile and nuclear weapons proliferation throughout the region. A key question is whether China, India and Pakistan will remain satisfied with relatively small strategic forces, or whether they will seek to develop large, operationally deployed forces. It is perhaps true that the United States has an increasingly determining role in fixing proliferation linkages among these states. Three sets of potential proliferation linkages (based on security, prestige and domestic coalitions) can influence decisions about the force structure. Further, there are many factors which may act as potential drivers for nuclear build-ups. A key question remains whether CBMs like transparency might dampen the linkages between the overlapping security dilemmas in Asia.
Volume (Year): 44 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
|Contact details of provider:|
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sae:intstu:v:44:y:2007:i:1:p:57-72. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (SAGE Publications)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.