The World’s Most Dangerous Arms Race Is Escalating—Rapidly

Pakistan conducts first successful flight-test of new nuclear-capable Ababeel medium-range ballistic missile / Twitter video screenshot

The world’s most dangerous arms race is not to be found in Moscow and Washington, or in East Asia, where tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula and a showdown looms in the Western Pacific between Beijing and the United States. Nor is it to be found in the Middle East, a region in turmoil where two powers–Iran and Saudi Arabia–are engaged in proxy warfare in several hotspots. No, the answer lies in South Asia, and the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan.