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Last modified: Monday, November 16, 2009

Experts to debate nuclear deterrence in South Asia at IU Bloomington Wednesday

Nov. 16, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two of the nation's preeminent scholars on international security and nuclear weapons will meet Wednesday (Nov. 18) for a debate on the long-term security implications of nuclear weapons in South Asia.

Sumit Ganguly, professor of political science and the Rabindranath Tagore Professor in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, will square off against S. Paul Kapur, associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The event will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., and is free and open to the public.

Both scholars have published extensively on the question of nuclear instability in South Asia and each approaches the issue with fundamentally opposing views on the overarching effect nuclear deterrence has had in the region.

The event, "Should We Love the Bomb? -- A Debate on Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia," is based upon Ganguly and Kapur's forthcoming book from Columbia University Press, scheduled for release in early 2010 and titled India, Pakistan and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia.

It will be moderated by David Fidler, the James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and director of the IU Center on American and Global Security. It is being sponsored and organized by the Student Foreign Policy Initiative, the Center on American and Global Security and the Center for the Study of Global Change.