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Nuclearization of the Indian Ocean - Implications for South Asia

Strand Campus, London

15 Jan

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India has recently declared operationalization of INS Arihant, India’s first SSBN, with completion of its first deterrent patrol in Nov 2018. In future, India has plans to develop four to five SSBNs and six SSNs. India’s development of a large nuclear submarine force will have damaging effects for deterrence and crisis stability in South Asia. Deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in Indian Ocean is not only a matter of concern for the India Ocean littoral states, but also for the international community.

Captain Aqeel Naqvi is Visiting Research Fellow for South Asia (Strategic Affairs) at the IISS. He is the Senior Deputy Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs (ACDA) Branch of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Pakistan. Captain Naqvi has previously served in various Command & Staff appointments in the Pakistan Navy, including as Directing Staff at the Pakistan Navy War College. He is a naval aviator, and has flown a number of aircraft including the Sea King Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter.

Organised by the Centre for Science and Security Studies.

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