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A.Q. Khan and the Bomb

October 13, 2021

Episode Notes:

Pakistani physicist Abdul Qadeer Khan passed away on Sunday at the age of 85. He is survived by Pakistan’s atomic bomb, of which he was famously the father. A. Q. Khan also played a key role in international nuclear proliferation during the latter part of his life. He is rumored to have helped a number of rogue regimes advance their atomic weapons programs.

Here to discuss A. Q. Khan’s life and legacy is Christopher Clary. Chris is an assistant professor of political science at SUNY Albany. Between 2006 and 2008 he served as country director for South Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and he is currently working on a book entitled The Difficult Politics of Peace: Rivalry in Modern South Asia.


[ 01:02 ] Role in Pakistan’s nuclear program

[ 07:38 ] Relationship to the Pakistani state & questions still surrounding his career

[ 10:54 ] Official response to his death in Pakistan.

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