Concept Of Deterrence And Its Relevance To South Asian Strategic Environment


  • Shabnam Gul Incharge Department of International Relations, Lahore College for Women University
  • Arslan Bin Shahid Ph.D Scholar in Peace and Conflict Studies at National Defence University, Islamabad.
  • Muhammad Faizan Asgher M.Phil Scholar in Peace & Counter Terrorism Studies, Minhaj University Lahore


Nuclearization, Cross-Domain Deterrence, Nuclear, Strategic, Hybrid, India and Pakistan


Deterrence is considered to be dynamic and a powerful policy framework that remains sacrosanct. It fundamentally operates in the continuum of perception, in spite of being directly unified to the art of war which deals with reality. In the South Asian context, the overt nuclearization of India and Pakistan followed by intense phases of adversarial relationships witnessed that strategic stability persists and deterrence remained enduring; limiting all crises below a certain limit. However, the flip side remains that deterrence could not prevent crises initiation. In this paper, Pakistan’s deterrence regime in the overall ambit of its strategic culture has been debated. This paper also examines the relevance and applicability of deterrence in the Indo-Pak context focusing on its efficacy and challenges and proffer viable recommendations for ensuing sovereignty through deterrence and flexible strategic posturing options.


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How to Cite

Gul, S., Shahid, A., & Asghar, M. F. (2021). Concept Of Deterrence And Its Relevance To South Asian Strategic Environment. Pakistan Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 12(2), 117–132. Retrieved from