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Learning to Live with the Bomb by Brigadier (Retd) Naeem Ahmad Salik

Learning to Live with the Bomb by Brigadier (Retd) Naeem Ahmad Salik

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 Learning to Live with the Bomb Pakistan: 1998–2016 Naeem Salik

 This work highlights and explores the elements that went into the formulation of Pakistan’s nuclear policy. It covers the history of the evolution of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons management system, including its nuclear doctrine and the measures in place to secure and safeguard them.

 ‘The book’s great significance lies in the fact that it tackles the little known subject of nuclear learning most comprehensively in all its dimensions. With great clarity and balance, the author clearly highlights the discernible aspects of Pakistan’s learning experience and establishes beyond doubt that Pakistan has learnt from crises events and has evolved into a responsible nuclear weapons state with effective command, control, and custodial arrangements in place.’


– General Jehangir Karamat

Retired Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan

Author Description


Brigadier (Retd) Naeem Ahmad Salik is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Strategic Studies, Islamabad.  He has taught at the National Defence University and the Quaid-i-Azam University. He has been a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; the Brookings Institution; Stanford University; and the Stimson Center. He holds a PhD from University of Western Australia; a Masters in History from Punjab University; a B.Sc. Honours in War Studies from Balochistan University; and an M.Sc. in International Politics & Strategic Studies from Aberystwyth University, UK. Salik helped establish Pakistan’s Nuclear Command and Control after the May 1998 nuclear tests and served as Director Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the Strategic Plans Division.


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