Friday, May 31, 2013

Recipe for Disaster: Israel & Pakistan’s Sea-Based Nukes | The Diplomat

Recipe for Disaster: Israel & Pakistan’s Sea-Based Nukes | The Diplomat
Both Israel and Pakistan look to the sea to provide strategic depth. It’s a quest that could undermine stability.
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The policy of a nation, Napoleon once quipped, can be read in its geography. For much of human history, the verity of such an assertion would have appeared self-evident. After all, what is geostrategy if not a state’s chosen response to a preexisting spatial reality? For many thinkers of the early modern era, a country’s geographical position shaped its strategic behavior, whether in times of peace or war. Maritime powers, some have noted, appear both more democratic and inclined to pursue alliances than their territorially obsessed continental counterparts. Amidst the swirling tides of global geopolitics, geography formed a key fundamental — an enduring physical truth — providing a degree of structure and continuity to otherwise arcane national strategies. READ MORE

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