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Neighbours in Arms

An American Senator's Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent

by Larry Pressler


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As chairman of the US Senate's Arms Control Subcommittee, Larry Pressler advocated the now-famous Pressler Amendment, enforced in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush could not certify that Pakistan was not developing a nuclear weapon. Aid and military sales to Pakistan were blocked, including a consignment of F-16 fighter aircraft, changing forever the tenor of the United States' relationships with Pakistan and India, and making Pressler 'a temporary hero throughout India and a devil in Pakistan'.This book reveals what went on behind the scenes in the years when the Pressler Amendment was in force, through a cast of characters that include presidents, prime ministers, senators and generals in the US, India and Pakistan. It exposes the enormous power wielded by the military-industrial complex, which the author terms 'Octopus', and how it controls significant aspects of the American presence in the Indian subcontinent.The book provides a comprehensive account of how US foreign policy in the subcontinent was formed from 1974 till today, and ends with recommendations of a new US-India alliance that could be a model for American allies in future.

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Penguin Random House India Private Limited
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Larry Pressler (Author)

Senator Larry Pressler was born and raised on a farm in South Dakota. The firstin his family to attend college, he interrupted his Rhodes Scholarship in Oxfordto enlist in the US Army and serve two combat tours in Vietnam. He went on toearn gradua...

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