Bridging the “Legitimacy Gap”: Pakistan and the CTBT
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Despite attempts to position itself within the global nuclear order, Pakistan faces a growing “legitimacy gap” with India as a consequence of balancing behaviour intended to achieve strategic parity with its enduring rival. This paper argues that Pakistan can bridge its legitimacy gap with India by signing onto the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. This not only makes strategic sense in its competition with India but would also be an important step towards Pakistan’s recognition as a responsible nuclear power. Finally, such a move would have significant domestic, regional, and international implications.
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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会
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