Nuclear South Asia at 20 Event PosterNuclear South Asia at 20: The Strategic and Societal Impacts of the 1998 Nuclear Tests

On Thursday, March 29, the South Asia Center has the pleasure of hosting: Nuclear South Asia at 20: The Strategic and Societal Impacts of the 1998 Nuclear Tests.

In May 1998 India tested five nuclear warheads.  Within days, Pakistan responded with six tests of its own, to balance the overall number of nuclear tests in South Asia.  Although the international community condemned these tests, the popular response in both states was jubilant.  Since then, the two states have expanded their nuclear arsenals and incorporated nuclear strategy into their defense plans. Policy-makers and scholars disagree about the effects this nuclear standoff has had on stability and security in the region.   

This round table will explore how politics and society have been affected in Pakistan, India, and the region as a result of the nuclear tests.  We will also consider the military and strategic consequences of a nuclear South Asia. 

Participants will include Hassan Abbas (National Defense University), Gaurav Kampani (University of Tulsa), and Raza Rumi (Cornell). The roundtable will be moderated by Maxwell’s Renée de Nevers. 

This lecture will take place in the Strasser Legacy Room (220 Eggers Hall) at 12:30 pm.  Please join us!


Prior to the lecture, the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism will be hosting an informal discussion with Dr. Gaurav Kampani.  All are welcome.  This discussion will take place from 10am-11am at Dineen Hall Room 342.  Please RSVP by March 26 to Roxanne Tupper at