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Syed Ali Zia Jaffery asked: Given the fact that both India and Pakistan are equipped with a nuclear deterrent, doesn't India realise the danger of Cold Start?

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  • Reply: Please refer to the following IDSA publications on the subject:

    A. Vinod Kumar, “15-Years after Pokhran II: Deterrence Churning Continues”, June 10, 2013, at

    Ali Ahmed, “India's Limited War Doctrine: The Structural Factor”, IDSA Monograph Series No. 10, December 2012, at

    Ali Ahmed, “Reopening the Debate on Limited War”, February 29, 2012, at

    Ali Ahmed, “What Does Pakistan Hope to Achieve with Nasr?”, August 17, 2011, at

    Ali Ahmed, “Pakistan’s ‘First Use’ in Perspective”, May 12, 2011, at

    Ali Ahmed, “Towards a Proactive Military Strategy: 'Cold Start and Stop'”, Strategic Analysis, 35 (3), May 2011, at

    Ali Ahmed, “Making Sense of ‘Nasr’”, April 24, 2011, at

    Ali Ahmed, “The advantages of ‘Cold Start Minor’”, December 13, 2010, at

    Sushant Sareen, “Cold Start as Deterrence against Proxy War”, November 22, 2010, at

    Ali Ahmed, “Cold Start and ‘The Sehjra Option’”, Journal of Defence Studies, 4 (4), October 2010, at

    Ali Ahmed, “The ‘Cold Start and Stop’ strategy”, September 28, 2010, at

    Views expressed are of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDSA or of the Government of India.