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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.

    Select Publications

    • 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.

    Other publications

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    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan’s article ‘Nuclear India@25’ has been published in October 2023 issue of Defence and Security Alert.

      India has adopted the policy or doctrine of no first use and no use against non-nuclear weapons countries, and more significantly, its policy/doctrine is nuclear deterrence, not nuclear warfighting, says Dr Nayan.

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      October 17, 2023
      IDSA News
    • The G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration asserts that the ‘use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible’.

      September 15, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Oppenheimer was admired by a section of the Indian intelligentsia for his familiarity with Indian philosophical traditions and his advocacy of peaceful nuclear uses.

      September 12, 2023
      Issue Brief
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan's article ‘India and Korea: A Promising Future Ahead’ was published in ‘Korea on Point’, a publication/forum of the Korean Association of International Studies, on 07 September, 2023.

      September 07, 2023
      IDSA News
    • Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use, dreadfully experienced in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has had little policy impact on concluding a genuine nuclear disarmament convention.

      August 14, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • On 27 October 2022, the much-awaited Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of the United States (US) was released in a declassified form, but not as an independent document as it had been issued in the past. It was part of the National Defense Review (NDR) of 2022, as it formed part of a single document comprising the NPR, NDR and The Missile Defense Review (MDR). The NDR of 2022 had assigned four priorities to strengthen America’s deterrence prowess.

      Strategic Analysis
    • India’s track record as a responsible nuclear weapon country is reflected in its policy of nuclear restraint.

      May 11, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the New START complicates efforts to revive arms control negotiations.

      March 02, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Drones are increasingly proving their relevance in a number of areas, including military. These unmanned systems could also have utility for different missions relating to nuclear science and technology. Although drones have demonstrated their usefulness in radiation monitoring in 1940s, yet their role as delivery vehicles is being debated. The weight, range, speed and endurance factors make a nuclear weapon country to prefer missiles and bombers. Technology is progressing very fast, and drones are taking advantage of the rapid developments in new technologies.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The parties involved in the Ukraine–Russia conflict should privilege nuclear risk avoidance measures rather than indulge in nuclear sabre-rattling.

      September 23, 2022
      IDSA Comments