Pervez Hoodbhoy

Articles by Pervez Hoodbhoy

4 May 2016
AsiaMiddle East

Nuclear battles in South Asia

Pervez HoodbhoyZia Mian

From the battlefield to mutual destruction, Pakistan and India plan and prepare for nuclear war.

25 April 2014

Needed: Ability to manage nuclear power

Pervez HoodbhoyYun ZhouSulfikar Amir

Building nuclear power plants is one thing. Operating a nuclear power sector is another. How can developing countries ensure that they have established adequate systems for managing nuclear power?

7 April 2014

How to get away with almost anything

The author argues that, in nations where publics are indoctrinated in the virtues of nuclear weapons, atomic energy establishments are able to get away with almost anything.

14 March 2014

Conspiracy-mindedness and nuclear machismo

The author argues that, in countries such as Pakistan and India, nuclear nationalism and nuclear machismo stand in the way of rational consideration of nuclear energy’s suitability.

5 March 2014

Good reasons to worry

The author argues that due to a range of challenges, ranging from the dangers of terrorism to the difficulty of evacuating Karachi, Pakistan will face high risks if it enlarges its nuclear power sector.

12 February 2013

Scientists and an atomic subcontinent

Pervez Hoodbhoy

In India and Pakistan, leaders have rarely weighed the consequences of their actions. Instead, they have simply reacted to events and circumstances.

8 August 2011

What next: A Sunni bomb?

Pervez Hoodbhoy

The Islamic Republic of Iran stands at the threshold to the bomb. In 2010 it had more than enough low-enriched uranium (some 2,152 kilograms) to make its first bomb's worth of weapons-grade uranium. The LEU would have become highly enriched uranium in roughly 10 weeks had it been fed into the 4,186 centrifuges then operating. Thousands of other centrifuges are also known to be operating at the Natanz secret nuclear facility.

3 June 2009

Whither Pakistan? A five-year forecast

Pervez Hoodbhoy

First, the bottom line: Pakistan will not break up; there will not be another military coup; the Taliban will not seize the presidency; Pakistan's nuclear weapons will not go astray; and the Islamic sharia will not become the law of the land.

That's the good news. It conflicts with opinions in the mainstream U.S. press, as well as with some in the Obama administration. For example, in March, David Kilcullen, a top adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, declared that state collapse could occur within six months. This is highly improbable.

1 July 2005

“All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last,” wrote the French novelist Marcel Proust. In 1945, our collective state of mind was despair. World War II touched every inhabitable continent, leaving more than 50 million dead and millions of others as refugees.

1 September 2002

“We can make a first strike, and a second, or even a third.”