The most dangerous nuclear conflict is neither North Korea nor Iran. The former has an inchoate nuclear program and the latter has not weaponized. Pakistan remains the most volatile, unpredictable, and dangerous player in the Asian nuclear security dilemma. Pakistan has a robust, fully functional nuclear arsenal that rivals its fellow Asian nuclear states, specifically India and China. Pakistan’s nuclear leveraging and deterrence have intensified the Pakistani-Indian conflict to astronomical levels. Pakistan’s foreign policy in recent years has shifted to a focus on its region, rather than strategic diplomacy with the United States and United Kingdom. Pakistan’s focus on its neighbors adds an alarming dimension to the nuclear possibilities in the future.
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