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–EVENT DELAYED– Brinkmanship and Balance in the India-Pakistan Relationship (An online Zoom event)
January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
–THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED–
This exclusively online event will take place via Zoom and is hosted by Portland Public Library.
Dr. Asif Nawaz will explore the delicate and often precarious dynamics of nuclear diplomacy and strategy between India and Pakistan. The talk will examine how both nations, armed with nuclear capabilities, engage in a complex strategic dance of brinkmanship — a risky game of pushing each other to the brink of conflict without tipping over into full-scale war. The topic will explore the stability-instability paradox, a concept illustrating how nuclear deterrence can simultaneously prevent large-scale wars and encourage smaller, more frequent conflicts. This paradox shapes much of the regional interactions, where both India and Pakistan find themselves in a continuous balancing act. Dr. Nawaz will talk about the historical incidents and current nuclear doctrines of India and Pakistan and the broader implications of the nuclear rivalry on regional and global security.
About the Speaker:
Dr Nawaz is an Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of Maine. Dr. Nawaz received his Ph.D. in Security Studies from Kansas State University and an MPhil and an M.A in Defense and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University. His teaching interests include the history of modern terrorism, political Islam, South Asian, and Middle Eastern military history and politics, and the evolution of modern warfare.