Publication: Survival: Global Politics and Strategy
30 January 2015
In their otherwise thorough response to my book, Arundhati Ghose and Manpreet Sethi mistake a premise of my recommendation that Pakistan should be offered a nuclear cooperation deal akin to the one provided to India. ‘Akin to’ does not mean ‘the same as’. In my book I argued that Pakistan should be required to meet a higher standard because of its dismal record of nuclear stewardship. I suggested, for example, that Pakistan be required to accept the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, something India has not yet done, and to allow negotiation of a treaty to ban fissile-material production. Contrary to what Ghose and Sethi claim, the deal I proposed is certainly not what Pakistan’s government has been demanding.