Experts Say

Declining utility of nukes

December 20, 2017
By Rizwan Asghar

Many nuclear states like Pakistan, India and North Korea continue to divert enormous resources from development assistance, education, and healthcare to ensure the maintenance and modernisation of their nuclear forces. Are nuclear weapons gradually becoming obsolete? The answer depends on who you ask. Yet with the evolving nature of threats in the 21st century, there is a growing consensus that strategic nuclear weapons have lost most of their political efficacy. Many experts argue that nuclear weapons have little military utility beyond their symbolic value in the contemporary conflict environment. On the other hand, the advocates of nuclear deterrence continue to support developing more nuclear weapons. In their view, nuclear weapons have minimised the likelihood of major wars among nuclear weapons states.
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