South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) researcher Tahir Nazir discusses the current nuclear situation in the world, focusing on the South Asian region, where tensions between India and Pakistan have been high. He talks about the CTBT importance as a global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. Tahir Nazir analyses India’s signing of the treaty and the country’s ability to influence the other non-signatory nations. Nazir also suggests that the nuclear tensions in South Asia within the current treaty framework can be reduced by India.
“In this context, the CTBT remains an essential component of the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. Moreover, CTBT constrains the development and qualitative improvement of nuclear weapons and ends the development of advanced nuclear weapons… India’s move to sign the CTBT will strengthen its bid for membership in the NSG. It will also not only put pressure on Pakistan to follow suit, but also put tremendous global pressure on China and the U.S. to ratify the CTBT and pave the way for its entry into force.”