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  • S. Samuel C. Rajiv

    Associate Fellow
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    S. Samuel C. Rajiv is Associate Fellow, 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 ‘NSG Exemption and Its Aftermath: Exploring the Dynamics’. 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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    • Trump’s new policy statement on Iran has enveloped the UNSC-approved Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a shroud of uncertainty that could lead to further instability in conflict-ridden West Asia.

      October 24, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s article on the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently concluded visit to Israel, titled ‘India-Israel: Gaining a New Orbit’ was published in the July, 2017 issue of India Strategic.

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      July 10, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s analysis on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, titled ‘Prime Minister's Visit to Israel: Push for Higher Trajectory in Ties’ was published in All India Radio World Service, on July 2, 2017.

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      July 02, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Israel–China bilateral ties have witnessed significant growth since the establishment of full diplomatic relations in January, 1992. Both countries are currently investing their energies in realising the full potential of their on-going partnership in the innovation economy. Growing tourist linkages are another facet of the burgeoning relationship.

      Strategic Analysis
    • India’s burgeoning relationship with Israel since January 1992 is an exemplar of India’s post-Cold War foreign policy practice. From a relationship described as ‘stillborn for 40 years’ to the broad-spectrum partnership a quarter century later, India–Israel relations ties have developed well, pushed by a rapid expansion of defence ties. The growth of the India–Israel partnership is a testimony to the sagacity shown by Indian and Israeli leaders in steering the relationship forward, despite the baggage of a fraught and convulsive neighbourhood.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s article on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act West Policy, titled ‘Modi’s ‘Act West’ Policy in Motion’ was published by Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation on March 15, 2017.

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      March 15, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, S Samuel C Rajiv’s article on India-Israel relations, titled ‘India-Israel: The Strategic Embrace’ was published in the December 4, 2016 issue of the weekly magazine Organiser.

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      December 04, 2016
      IDSA News
    • Following a critical social constructivist approach, Runa Das affirms in Revisiting Nuclear India that India’s nuclear decisions are a product of the state’s strategic culture, which is generated by its ‘security community’ not only as a response to ‘real politics’ but also are articulated and re-interpreted within an ‘political-ideological-cultural space’ carved out by the discursive practices of the security community. For Das, strategic cultures are not culturally-conditioned or historically determined but socially constructed.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The monograph examines UNSC, US and EU sanctions targeting Iran as a result of concerns emanating from its nuclear programme and the implications they have had for India.

    • Modi visiting Jerusalem would be a re-affirmation of India’s diplomatic ability to pursue multiple national interests by manoeuvring between countries who have difficult or non-existent relationships among themselves but who share important relationships with India.

      May 20, 2016
      IDSA Comments