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  • Rajiv Nayan

    Senior Research Associate
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Dr Rajiv Nayan is Senior Research Associate at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. He has been working with the Institute since 1993, where he specialises in international relations, security issues, especially the politics of nuclear disarmament, export control, non-proliferation, and arms control. He was Visiting Research Fellow at Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo, where he published his monograph “Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia”. He was also Senior Researcher at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Center on International Cooperation (CIC), New York University. He holds a PhD and a Master of Philosophy in Disarmament Studies and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In his doctoral dissertation, he studied the implications of Missile Technology Control Regime for Indian security and economy.

    Dr Nayan has published books as well as papers in academic journals and as chapters in books. His single-authored book Global Strategic Trade Management has been published by Springer in 2019. His edited book The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and India was published by Routledge in 2012.

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    • Export Controls and India, CSSS Occasional Papers 1/2013, King's Colloge, London.
    • Limited Wars in South Asia: Against the Nuclear Backdrop, Defence and Security Alert, January 2012
    • "The Relevance of Sanctions in the Contemporary International System: An Indian Perspective," in Greg Mills & Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, eds., New Tools for Reform and Stability? Sanctions, Conditionalities and Conflict Resolution (SAAIA, 2004).
    • "India and the Missile Technology Control Regime," in Amitabh Mattoo, ed., India's Nuclear Deterrent: Pokhran and Beyond (Har-Anand Publishers, New Delhi, 1998).
    • Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia, Occasional Paper 32 (Japan Institute of International Affairs, March 2005).
    • "Trends of the Missile Technology Control Regime," Strategic Analysis, September 1998.
    • "Chemical Weapons Convention: The Challenges Ahead," Strategic Analysis, March 1998.

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    • The announcement of the trilateral security partnership “AUKUS” by Australia, UK and US, has prompted discussions on several issues, however, the submarine part of the agreement, about leveraging expertise from US and UK and facilitating the Australian acquisition of the nuclear-powered submarines, is attracting a lot of attention.

      September 29, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan’s views on the upcoming Quad Summit has been published by Hindi Daily ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ on September 15, 2021.

      September 15, 2021
      IDSA News
    • The Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has not succeeded in adding any additional universal stigma to nuclear weapons. It lacks the support base needed for replacing the Cold War vintage “Mutual Assured Destruction” with “Mutual Assured Abstinence”. The nuclear weapon countries’ faith in the deterrence logic remains intact.

      August 11, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Rajiv Nayan's article on India-Pakistan Ceasefire Agreement and Defence Preparedness has been published in Rashtriya Sahara (Hastkshep) on April 03, 2021.

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      April 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Strategic Analysis, Volume 44, Issue 5 (2020)

      Strategic Analysis
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Rajiv Nayan's co-authored research article 'Paradoxes of South Asian Security' has been  published in the Scopus indexed Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Volume 8 Number 2 (November 2020)

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      December 22, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Research Associate, MP-IDSA, Dr. Rajiv Nayan’s article ‘COVID-19 and the New World Order in Making?’ has been published in Defence and Security Alert on May 04, 2020.

      The outbreak of the pandemic-COVID-19 has given an opportunity for many to predict the advent of a new world/global order. The people expressing their views come from all the ends of political and intellectual spectrums. As a result, a wide spectrum of opinion is reflected in the global media, especially its version, writes Dr. Nayan.

      May 04, 2020
      IDSA News
    • As the focus and priority of the international community in recent years have been on averting nuclear terrorism and nuclear accidents, the nuclear experience of synergising safety and security can be highly useful in combating threats like COVID-19.

      April 21, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • The Defence Minister’s recent statement on ‘no first use’ basically underlines the fact that India’s current nuclear doctrine is working well.

      September 16, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Dr. Rajiv Nayan’s article, titled ‘Rebalancing Economic Inequality and Security’ has been published in the special issue (The Continuing Menace of 50 years) of Defence and Security Alert, in August 2019.

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      August 05, 2019
      IDSA News