Vol. 8 No. 1 (2020): A Journal of Strategic Studies, Summer 2020

Great Power Competition and Global Strategic Stability

Mr. Zeeshan Hayat
Research Associate at Strategic Vision Institute, Islamabad
Ms. Tanzeela Khalil
Ms. Tanzeela Khalil is a former visiting fellow of Atlantic Council's South Asia Center, Washington D.C USA
A Journal of Strategic Studies Summer 2020
Published July 15, 2020
  • Nuclear weapons,
  • Strategic Stability,
  • Arms Control,
  • Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD),
  • China,
  • India,
  • US,
  • Russia,
  • Great Power Competition,
  • South Asia
  • ...More
How to Cite
Mr. Zeeshan Hayat, & Ms. Tanzeela Khalil. (2020). Great Power Competition and Global Strategic Stability. CISS Insight Journal, 8(1), P01-27. Retrieved from https://journal.ciss.org.pk/index.php/ciss-insight/article/view/134


The rise of China and the renewed Russian desire to find a greater role in global politics are not only challenging America’s global preeminence in the world but are also serving as a catalyst to the great power rivalry. The consequences of this great power competition, however, do not remain confined to these three states only. The world at large is witnessing the fall-out of this competition in the form of reduced emphasis on arms control arrangements, regional realignments, quantitative and qualitative improvements in nuclear arsenals, increased significance of nuclear weapons in the national security policies and most prominently the global strategic stability. The great power competition is giving impetus to development and modernization of weapon systems that are undermining the basic pillars of strategic stability - mutual vulnerability and nuclear survivability. The increasing role of U.S. in South Asia and Indo-pacific to pursue its strategy of containing China is giving rise to regional insecurities; therefore, threatening the deterrent relationship between the regional players as well.