Presentation Title

Nuclear Islam: Pakistan and the Bomb

Presentation Type

Presentation

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Joseph Fitsanakis, Politics

Major

Intelligence & National Security Studies

Presentation Abstract

Pakistan is the second largest predominantly Muslim country in the world and the only Muslim-majority country possessing and manufacturing nuclear weapons. Nuclear experts debate on the degree of safety of Pakistan's 160 nuclear warheads that lay in control by its military. It is predicted that by 2030, that Pakistan could possess the world's third largest nuclear arsenal, leaving many Western countries, especially the United States, on edge. Reports claim the existence of insider sympathies towards the many Islamic extremist groups in the region. These include the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammad. Slowly, Pakistani nuclear facilities have been and are being discovered and targeted by Islamic extremist groups. Namely, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have stated their intents of use, if they possessed nuclear weapons. Although if operationalized, questions arise around the Qur'anic justifications these groups believe allow them to use nuclear weapons against their enemies, especially their enemies in the West.

Location

Room 3

Start Date

22-4-2021 3:00 PM

End Date

22-4-2021 3:20 PM

Disciplines

Defense and Security Studies

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Nuclear Islam: Pakistan and the Bomb

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Pakistan is the second largest predominantly Muslim country in the world and the only Muslim-majority country possessing and manufacturing nuclear weapons. Nuclear experts debate on the degree of safety of Pakistan's 160 nuclear warheads that lay in control by its military. It is predicted that by 2030, that Pakistan could possess the world's third largest nuclear arsenal, leaving many Western countries, especially the United States, on edge. Reports claim the existence of insider sympathies towards the many Islamic extremist groups in the region. These include the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammad. Slowly, Pakistani nuclear facilities have been and are being discovered and targeted by Islamic extremist groups. Namely, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have stated their intents of use, if they possessed nuclear weapons. Although if operationalized, questions arise around the Qur'anic justifications these groups believe allow them to use nuclear weapons against their enemies, especially their enemies in the West.

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