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  • S. Samuel C. Rajiv

    Associate Fellow
    Email: 
    sscrajiv.idsa@nic.in
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983 Extn 7214

    S. Samuel C. Rajiv is Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. Prior to joining 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 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 IDSA Website editorial team. His current fellowship project is on ‘India-Israel Strategic Engagement: Issues and Challenges’.

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      • Publisher: Routledge
        2020
      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
      Book
    • 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.

      Monograph
    • 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
    • The volume under review is the sixteenth in the series of the project supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). The series has occupied an important niche over the past many years in catering to the significant need for quality analyses on issues of national security. The contributions in the volume, specifically those by the editor, continue to exhibit the same high standards and rigour that have characterised it since its inception.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s article on India’s West Asia policy, titled ‘Imparting New Dynamism to India's Engagements with West Asia’ was published by the Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee Research Foundation on March 20, 2018.

      The article analyses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman from February 9-12, 2018, and suggests that it imparts new dynamism to India’s enhanced engagement with its extended neighbourhood.

      March 20, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s article on India-Israel relations, titled ‘India and Israel: Strategic Partners on the Move’ was published by BESA Center, Israel, on January 30 2018.

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      January 30, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s article on India-Israel relations, titled ‘Modi and Bibi Are Brothers in Arms’ was published in Foreign Policy.com on January 22, 2018.

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      January 22, 2018
      IDSA News
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