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  • Two standoffs and some nuclear lessons

    standoffs in Doklam and North Korea

    The standoffs in Doklam and North Korea offer insights on how crisis stability remains subject to the complexities of deterrence, especially in theatres with multiple nuclear-armed states, and what this entails for disarmament.

    December 29, 2017

    Does India Need Thermonuclear Weapons

    While thermonuclear weapons are not necessary for maintaining a credible deterrent, they serve the purpose of enabling India to make effective use of its relatively limited fissile material stockpile.

    September 22, 2017

    The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

    A rational decision maker in the White House does not have all options on the table and cannot start a war without South Korea’s consent. Diplomacy is the only option and this is as obvious as obvious can be.

    May 03, 2017

    Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership: India’s Contribution to Strengthening Nuclear Security

    In the 21st century, nuclear security (NS) risks are more tangible with the probability of nuclear weapons and materials falling into the hands of terrorists becoming more real. The NS threat scenario presents a complex matrix of violent terrorism, Islamist militancy, a proliferation network originating from Pakistan (A. Q. Khan Network) and its spread to Iran, Libya and North Korea. To mitigate nuclear risks and inspire global nuclear confidence, an institutionalized structure is critical for strengthening NS.

    March 2017

    Post-Nuclear Security Summit Process: Continuing Challenges and Emerging Prospects

    Post-Nuclear SecuritySummit Process: Continuing Challenges andEmerging Prospects

    The Nuclear Security Summit process was an unprecedented event that achieved phenomenal success in drawing global attention to the danger of nuclear terrorism.


    The Importance of Passive and Active CBRN Defensive Measures

    The key to calling Pakistan’s nuclear bluff lies in ensuring that the Indian armed forces are prepared to meet the threat of use of tactical nuclear weapons.

    October 17, 2016

    Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Warheads and India’s Nuclear Doctrine

    Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Warheads and India’s Nuclear Doctrine

    The advocacy by Pakistani analysts of the Indian disinclination to retaliate massively in response to their use of TNWs on their own soil indicates either a flawed analysis or a bluff that the Indian armed forces would be inclined to call.

    September 21, 2016

    NSG and China’s Grand Strategic Flip-flops: Some Plausible Explanations

    NSG and China’s Grand Strategic Flip-flops: Some Plausible Explanations

    Given that the NSG may not be able to withhold the India membership question for long, in spite of China’s inconsistent positions, it would be unwise on India’s part to forfeit any advantage it has on the SCS issue.

    August 24, 2016

    The Roadmap for India’s Nuclear Security

    A watershed moment for nuclear security was reached when global leaders from more than 50 countries including India and other organisations met successively over six years (2010–2016) to develop an effective and sustainable plan for global nuclear security. At the end of six years, much has been accomplished to improve and upgrade nuclear security in several countries. Despite this perseverance, threats to nuclear security still remain undiminished, primarily because wrong people nursing a malicious agenda desire nuclear and radiological materials.

    September 2016

    China Remains a Proliferation Concern in the Indian Subcontinent

    China Remains a Proliferation Concern in the Indian Subcontinent

    China’s continuing complicity in nuclear proliferation networks would weaken the global nuclear security regime. Hence, China must cooperate with the international community for reinvesting the benefits achieved by the Nuclear Security Summit process, and help develop stronger nuclear security architecture in the Indian subcontinent.

    April 22, 2016