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In Their Own WordsUnderstanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba$
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C. Christine Fair

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190909482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190909482.001.0001

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Dealing with Let and Escaping Pakistan’s Nuclear Coercion

Dealing with Let and Escaping Pakistan’s Nuclear Coercion

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(p.197) 7 Dealing with Let and Escaping Pakistan’s Nuclear Coercion
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In Their Own Words
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C. Christine Fair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909482.003.0007

Given Pakistan's strategic commitments and the risk aversion of policy-makers in the United States and India, what options exist for these states to deal with LeT specifically, or more generally, the problem of Pakistan's reliance upon terrorism as a key foreign policy tool? Admittedly, the options are few and not without risk. In this chapter, I lay out three broad sets of options: maintain the status quo; manage the narrow problem of LeT through enhanced counter-terrorism efforts and leadership decapitation; and develop a new complement of compellent policies to undermine Pakistan's heretofore successful nuclear coercion strategy. India cannot compel Pakistan to cease and desist from using terrorism as a tool of policy on its own; rather, the United States will have to assume the heaviest burden in this effort. However, there is important--if limited--space for Indian action even if the United States, per its historical record, declines to pursue this course of action

Keywords:   Leadership decapitation, Deterrence, Counter-terrorism, Pakistan army, Deep state, USA, India, Nuclear Policy

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