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Changing Patterns of Warfare between India and Pakistan
Navigating the Impact of New and Disruptive Technologies

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ISBN 9781032374116
May 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Changing Patterns of Warfare between India and Pakistan analyzes evolving doctrines and new and disruptive technologies (including nuclear deterrence), and how these impact the conflict dynamics between India and Pakistan.

The conflict dynamics have shifted from major and minor wars to insurgencies and surgical strikes which points towards an increased frequency of crises and a reduction in the scale of violence. New technologies such as nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers, ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs), anti-satellite weapons (ASAT), hypersonic missiles, cyber technologies, Artificial Intelligence and lethal autonomous weapons (LAWS) have all complicated crisis dynamics. Further, the employment of India’s compellence strategy is an indication of a change in its nuclear postures that indicates smart strikes are now more likely. The phenomenon of surgical strikes makes it unclear how disruptive technologies will gain direct/indirect future military control, hence challenging the deterrence stability between India and Pakistan. Against this backdrop, the authors evaluate the ways and means by which crisis and deterrence stability is achieved between India and Pakistan, and predict how this conflict may develop in the future.

This book will be of interest to all those researching and working in the fields of security studies, strategic studies, nuclear policy, deterrence thinking and proliferation/non-proliferation aspects of the nuclear weapons programme within South Asia. It will also be relevant for the academic community, policy makers, diplomats, members of INGOs/NGOs, professional research institutes and organizations working on Indo-Pakistan relations.

Table of Contents


1. Nuclear Technologies, Doctrines and Conflict Dynamics (1998–2016)

2. Nuclear Force Modernization and Weapon Asymmetry (19982016)

3. Surgical Strike Stratagem: Conflict Dynamics and the Manifestation of Offensive Doctrines (20162020)

4. Counterforce Strategies and New Warfare Domain

5. Disruptive Technologies and Erosion of Nuclear Deterrence

6. New Mechanisms for Crisis and Deterrence Stability


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Rizwana Abbasi is Associate Professor of Security Studies at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan. Previous publications include Building a Road to Nuclear Disarmament: Bridging the Gap Between Competing Approaches (2022), Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia: New Technologies and Challenges to Sustainable Peace (with Zafar Khan, 2020), and Pakistan and the New Nuclear Taboo: Regional Deterrence and the International Arms Control Regime (2012).

Muhammad Saeed Uzzaman is a Lecturer and PhD Scholar at NUML, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His work has been published in many refereed research journals. He also works as a consultant and has conducted numerous projects with International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs).