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  • S. Samuel C. Rajiv

    Associate Fellow
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    S. Samuel C. Rajiv is Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. Prior to joining MP-IDSA in November 2006, Rajiv worked at the publication India’s National Security Annual Review (from 2002-2005) and was a Visiting Scholar at the BESA Centre for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel (October 2005-September 2006). Rajiv has published on issues related to India’s foreign and security policies in Strategic Analysis, Foreign Policy, Business Standard, The Jerusalem Post, among other publications. He co-edited the July 2017 Special Issue of Strategic Analysis on ‘India-Israel Relations at 25’, which was subsequently re-published as India-Israel: The Making of a Strategic Partnership (Routledge, 2020). Rajiv was a recipient of the MP-IDSA President’s Award for Excellence in 2013, 2014 and 2017. His peer-reviewed articles, ‘In Pursuit of a Chimera: Nuclear Imbroglio between Sanctions and Engagement’ (Strategic Analysis, November 2012); ‘Politicised Safeguards: Iran-IAEA Contentions, Drivers, Policy Implications’ (Strategic Analysis, September 2014); and ‘Israel-China Ties at 25: A Limited Partnership’ (Strategic Analysis, July 2017), were judged the best articles published during the year in a refereed journal by independent juries. From August 2016-April 2020, Rajiv was a member of the MP-IDSA Website editorial team. His current fellowship project is on ‘India-Israel Strategic Engagement: Issues and Challenges’.

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    • India’s defence eco-system is indeed becoming more dynamic as it strives to achieve the tough defence exports targets.

      March 31, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, S. Samuel C. Rajiv's review of ‘Israel's Mediterranean Gas: Domestic Governance, Economic Impact and Strategic Implications’, (Routledge, 2019) has been published in International Studies, Vol. 57, No. 4, 2020, pp. 409-412.

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      December 14, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE, two of India’s critical strategic partners, is indeed a welcome development.

      August 18, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, S. Samuel C. Rajiv’s article ‘Iran Nuclear Deal: A pact in Jeopardy’ was published in ‘The Indian Express’ on July 20, 2020.

      The article analyses Iran-IAEA contentions and their implications for the strategic stability of India’s neighbourhood.

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      July 20, 2020
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Routledge
      India and Israel contextualises the varied aspects of the partnership between India and Israel, with a specific focus on the dominant driver — the defence engagement between the two sides, forged in the context of mutual complementarities.

      India’s broad-spectrum relationship with Israel transformed into a strategic partnership in 2017, a quarter century after the establishment of full diplomatic ties. India and Israel have successfully steered the relationship forward, despite the baggage of fraught and convulsive neighbourhoods. The contributors to this volume include policy makers and military leaders who played an important role in the growth of the relationship, as well as academics who have closely followed its growth, shedding important light on the transformation of the India-Israel bilateral relationship into a strategic partnership over the course of past tumultuous 25 years. Chapters highlight Israel’s increasing engagement with India’s diverse federal polity, the de-hyphenation of the India-Israel ties from India’s relationship with Palestine, as well as the role played by US non-state (pro-Israel US-based interest groups) and sub-state (US Congressmen) actors in shaping India-Israel ties. The concluding chapter examines Israel’s relationship with the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), given that both the PRC and India established diplomatic ties with Israel almost simultaneously.

      India and Israel will be of great interest to scholars of strategic studies, international relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, as well as those working in diplomacy, government and the military. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Strategic Analysis.

      • ISBN: 9780367465049,
      • Price: £96.00
    • The European Union-3 and Iran are indeed up against formidable odds to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) alive going forward.

      February 21, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Apart from the United States, India's nuclear cooperation agreements with Japan and Australia have been the most contentious domestically within those countries. The 'slow embrace' of India's civil nuclear credentials by Japan — given the four years for negotiations to begin (after the December 2006 Joint Statement which talked about discussions regarding such an agreement with India) in addition to the six years it took for negotiations to bear fruit — took place despite the strategic context of increasingly closer economic, political, and security ties.

    • In India in Nuclear Asia, authors Yogesh Joshi and Frank O’Donnell do a rigorous job of unpacking the layers that have constituted India’s nuclear journey, especially since going overtly nuclear in May 1998. They distil the key aspects pertaining to India’s nuclear force developments, the evolution and challenges facing its nuclear doctrine and the key rationales as they see underpinning New Delhi’s non-proliferation policies.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S. Samuel C. Rajiv’s review of the books ‘Born to be Hanged’ and ‘Special Star: Benazir Bhutto's Story’, titled ‘Pakistan's Tortuous Political History’ was published in Vol. XLII, No. 6 of The Book Review on June 2018.

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      June 30, 2018
      IDSA News
    • While Iran and its European interlocutors (along with Russia and China) can be expected to mount a tough challenge to continue to make the JCPOA work in the light of Trump’s May 8 decision to ‘withdraw’ from the agreement, it remains to be seen to what extent they can succeed.

      May 17, 2018
      Issue Brief