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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 (IDSA), New Delhi, since August 2010. Prior to joining IDSA in November 2006 as Research Assistant, he 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’s recent publications include Iran Sanctions and India: Navigating the Consequences (IDSA, July 2016) and Indian Responses to Israel’s Gaza Operations (BESA, May 2016). His articles ‘Politicised Safeguards: Iran-IAEA Contentions, Drivers, Policy Implications’ (Strategic Analysis, September 2014) and ‘In Pursuit of a Chimera: Nuclear Imbroglio between Sanctions and Engagement’ (Strategic Analysis, November 2012) were judged the best articles published during the year in a refereed journal by an independent jury and awarded the IDSA President’s Award for 2014 and 2013 respectively. (For a complete list of his other publications, please see Rajiv’s current project is on ‘India-Israel Strategic Engagement: Issues and Challenges’. Since August 2016, he is a member of the IDSA website editorial team. Rajiv joined the Direct PhD course at the Centre for West Asian Studies (CWAS), JNU in January 2016 and is concurrently working on his thesis titled ‘MENWFZ and the Politics of Arms Control’.

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    • 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
    • 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 on January 22, 2018.

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      January 22, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s write-up on Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India, titled ‘Prime Minister Netanyahu's Historic Visit to India' was published by the All India Radio External Services Division on January 19, 2018.

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      January 19, 2018
      IDSA News