| by CTEC

Assistant Professor Sharad Joshi publishes article: “How Terrorist Actors in Pakistan Use Nuclear Weapons for Political Influence,” in the journal, Asian Security.

This article expands on the current research on nuclear terrorism by investigating how terrorist actors seek to capitalize on the nuclear weapons discourse in a country to gain domestic political influence. It focuses on the rhetorical use of nuclear weapons issues by some terrorist actors in Pakistan (Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Pakistani Taliban) who are increasingly participating in the nuclear discourse for political influence to help transform themselves into mainstream political actors. They portray themselves as the champions of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons against perceived threats from external actors, especially the United States, and aim to push Pakistani nuclear policy toward an Islamist and jihadist ideological framework.