Happymon Jacob, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Disarmament Studies
Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Room No.- 320, SIS-II Building, JNU
Phone: 011-26738947 (office), Mobile –9971184208 (Delhi)
Blog: www.happymonjacob.com


Happymon Jacob is Associate Professor of Disarmament Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University where he teaches courses on Nuclear Disarmament, and National Security & International Relations. Jacob is a regular columnist with the Srinagar-based Greater Kashmir daily and a frequent Op-Ed Contributor to The Hindu, India's leading English language daily. He has been organizing and/or participating in the three most influential Indian-Pakistan track-two dialogues: Chaophraya Dialogue, Pugwash India-Pakistan Dialogue and, the Ottawa India-Pakistan Dialogue.

Earlier Positions

  • Assistant Professor, CIPOD, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (December 2008 to August 2015).

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India (from June 2004 to November 2008).

  • Visiting Professor, at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris (1-31 July, 2015). www.fmsh.fr

  • Visiting Scholar, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA (May-July 2014)

  • Emerging Leader Fellow, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia (June-July 2013). www.aii.unimelb.edu.au

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan (December 2009 to February 2010). www.src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/index-e.html

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada. June 5, 2008 to July 10, 2008 (Sponsored by the Canadian Studies Faculty Research Fellowship - 2008-9).

  • Visiting Fellow, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi (January 2006-November 2008).

  • Guest Faculty at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi (January 2008 – May 2008).

  • Senior Research Associate, Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi (January-August 2007).

  • Associate Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi (September 2006-January 2007).

  • Research Associate, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi (October 2003-June 2004).

  • Research Assistant, Project on Human Security in India, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (April 2002-October 2003)

  • Research Officer, Security and Political Risk Analysis (SAPRA India), February- April 2002).

  • Taught social science subjects in various schools in Jammu and Kashmir (1997-1998)

Research Areas:

• India's Nuclear Strategy
• Arms Control and Disarmament
• India's Foreign Policy
• Security and Strategic Studies
• Kashmir Conflict

Select Publications:


  1. Does India Think Strategically? Institutions, Strategic Culture and Security Polices (Editor and Contributor), Australia-India Institute Series in Foreign Policy and International Relations, Manohar Publications, 2014.

  2. India and the International System (Co-Editor and Contributor), Australia-India Institute Series in Foreign Policy and International Relations, Manohar Publications, 2014.

  3. India's Economic Growth: Opportunities and Challenges for the Region (Co-Editor), Australia-India Institute Series in Foreign Policy and International Relations, Manohar Publications, 2014.

  4. Kashmir and Indo-Pak Relations: Politics of Reconciliation (New Delhi: Samskriti Publishers, 2013).

  5. Domestic Politics and Indian Foreign Policy (Co-Editor and Contributor), (Har Anand Publications, New Delhi: 2010).

  6. India-Pakistan Relations: Pathways Ahead (Co-editor & Contributor), (New Delhi: Knowledge World Publishers, 2007). Co-edited with Amitabh Mattoo and Kapil Kak.

  7. Rise, Fall and the Resurgence of the Taliban (New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation in association with Samskriti Publishers, 2005).

  8. HIV/AIDS as a Security Threat to India (New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2005).

Articles in Referred Journals

  • "Contours of the Contemporary Kashmir Conflict: Geopolitics, Soft Borders and India-Pakistan Relations", Eurasia Border Review, Vol-2, No-1, Summer 2011 (Published by Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan).

  • "UPA's Foreign Policy: A Critique", (co-authored), Economic & Political Weekly, June 20, 2009 vol. xliv no 2

  • "India's HIV/AIDS Crisis: Securitising Disease", South Asian Survey, Vol-12, No.1 (January/June, 2005) Sage Publications, New Delhi.

  • Review Article, "Home and Displacement: Refugees, Diaspora and India", South Asian Survey, (11:1, 2004), Sage Publications, New Delhi.

Articles in non-refereed journals

  • "Southern Asia, India, and the Gulf Region: Understanding the New Geo-political Interface", Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol-8, Number-1, 2013 (Co-authored with T. V Paul).

  • "Geo-strategy, Religious Extremism, and the Afghan Conundrum", Security and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2006.

  • "Public Diplomacy and Economic Interests: A Case Study of India", MONDES: Les cahiers du Quai d'Orsaypp, n° 11, 2013, 101-110 (http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/IMG/pdf/MONDES_11_FR-EN_cle0b857d.pdf)

Peer-reviewed Research Publications

Working Papers (Papers in initial stages)

Chapters in edited books

  1. "The Evolution and Practices of Indian Notions of Sovereignty", in Jamie Gaskarth, China, India and the Future of the International Society (Rowman and Littlefield International Limited, London, 2015).

  2. "Conflict in Kashmir: An insurgency with Long Roots" in Moeed Yusuf (Ed.), Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia: Through a Peacebuilding Lens (United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.: 2014)

  3. "The India-Pakistan Peace Process", in Pakistan's Stability Paradox, Ashutosh Misra and Michael Clarke (Eds.), (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series, London, 2011)

  4. "The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Indian Strategic Thinking", in Happymon Jacob (Ed.) Does India Think Strategically? Institutions, Strategic Culture and Security Polices, (Manohar Publications, 2014)

  5. "Revisionism, Ambivalence, and Status Quosim: India and the International System" (Co-authored) in Amitabh Mattoo and Happymon Jacob (Eds.) India and the International System, (Manohar Publications, 2014)

  6. "Foreign Relations of India: The federal Challenge", Domestic Politics and Indian Foreign Policy, edited by Amitabh Mattoo and Happymon Jacob (Har Anand Publications, New Delhi: 2010) – co-authored.

  7. "Neoclassical Realism and Indian Foreign Policy" in Domestic Politics and Indian Foreign Policy, edited by Amitabh Mattoo and Happymon Jacob (Har Anand Publications, New Delhi: 2010).

  8. "Geopolitical Transformation in Southern Asia and its Impact on Indo-Pak Relations" in Amitabh Mattoo, Kapil Kak and Happymon Jacob (Eds.), India-Pakistan Relations: Pathways Ahead (Knowledge World, 2007).

  9. "Foreign Relations in India: A Growing State Role", in Raoul Blindenbacher and Chandra Pasma (eds.), Dialogues on Foreign Relations in Federal Countries, Booklet Series, Volume 5, Published by Forum of Federations, Canada (co-written with Amitabh Mattoo).

  10. "Foreign Relations in Federal Countries: Case Study of India", in Hans J. Michelmann, ed. Foreign Relations in Federal Countries, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009 (co-written with Amitabh Mattoo).

  11. "AIDS and India's National Security", in Stanley Wolpert and Raju G C Thomas (eds.) Encyclopedia of India, (Macmillan-Scribners-Gale, 2005).

  12. "India's Energy Security: The Central Asian Factor" in Nagendra Rao and Md. Monir Alam (eds.) Central Asia: Present Challenges and Future Prospects (New Delhi: Knowledge World, 2005).

  13. "Track-II Diplomacy in Indo-Pak Relations: Problems and Prospects", in Kulwant Kaur and Baljit Mann (eds.) Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia (New Delhi: Knowledge World, 2006)

Newspaper Columns

  • 'Statecraft', weekly column in Greater Kashmir (www.greaterkashmir.com), Jammu and Kashmir's most widely read bilingual daily.
  • 'Counterpoint', fortnightly column on Foreign Affairs in Kashmir Times (www.kashmirtimes.com). From February to May 2006. Discontinued.



  • Visiting Professorship at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (http://www.fmsh.fr/en), Paris from July 1 to July 31, 2015.

  • Invited to be in residence at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the President of India) by the President as an "Inspired Teacher" from 6th June to 12th June, 2015. The in-residence programme for inspired teachers, announced by the President at the annual conference of vice-chancellors of central universities on February 5, 2015, defines an Inspired Teacher as "a value-oriented, mission-driven, self-motivated and result-oriented individual who works towards impacting the environment in a positive manner through his own actions as well as by imparting knowledge amongst students to help them achieve their potential".

  • Co-Directing a project on "Nuclearisation of South Asia: Implications for India's National Security", funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The project, based at the School of International Studies, JNU, is an attempt at comprehensively understanding the impact of nuclear weapons on India's security environment.

  • Emerging Leader Fellowship-2013, instituted by the Australia India Institute, Melbourne University, Australia. I was in residence at the Melbourne University from June 1 to July 31, 2013. http://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/about-us/emerging-leader-fellows

  • "Personnalité d'Avenir" at the French Foreign Ministry (2011) as part of the Programme d'invitation des personnalités d'avenir. "The Program selects young prominent personalities ranging from 25 to 40 years of age from all over the world who are just starting their career. The Program focuses on elected officials or politicians, top officials, academics or representatives from civil society who have spent little or no time in France, and who have a growing influence on their country's affairs and at times, on their country's relations with France." See http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/IMG/pdf/2008-Programme_personnalites.pdf. I participated in the programme during 5-12 June, 2011.

  • Visiting Research Fellowship (December 2009 to February 2010) at the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan. Fellowship awarded for research on "conduct research on: "India's Search for Great Power Status: Structural Incentives and Domestic Constraints".

  • Research fellowship by the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI), an initiative by the Clingendael Institute and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) (July 2007-December 2007) to write a paper on the "Impact of HIV/AIDS on Governance in Manipur and Nagaland". The report has been published. The report is available on the web and can be accessed at: http://asci.researchhub.ssrc.org/impact-of-hiv-aids-on-governance-in-manipur-and-nagaland/attachment

  • Canadian Studies Faculty Research Fellowship - 2008-9, awarded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, government of Canada and administered by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi. Research award undertaken from June 5, 2008 to July 10, 2008 at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada.

  • 2004: Kodikara Award for young South Asian scholars to research on South Asian strategic and international issues with a problem solving approach. Instituted by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS, Colombo: www.rcss.org).

Participation in Major Conferences, Workshops and Track-two initiatives:

1. Pugwash India-Pakistan Independent Commission
Coordinated the following meetings of the initiative by the by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (www.pugwash.org).
• First Meeting of the Commission: 3-4 June 2010, Islamabad.
• Second meeting: Dubai, 26-27, February, 2011.
• Third Meeting: 26-26 May, 2011, Islamabad.

2. Pugwash Track-two Initiative on Kashmir
Coordinator and Participant, Track-two Initiative on Kashmir
• Kathmandu, Nepal, from 11 to 14 December 2004
• Islamabad from 10 to 12 March 2006
• Srinagar in April 2005
• Colombo, from 22 to 24 July, 2007
• Colombo on 15-16 March 2008
• Islamabad, 15-17 September, 2013

3. Pugwash Annual Conferences
• 56th Pugwash Annual Conference on Science and World Affairs: A Region in Transition: Peace and Reform in the Middle East, held in Cairo, Egypt, 11-15 November 2006.
• 57th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs 21-26 October 2007, Bari, Italy on Prospects for Disarmament Dialogue and Cooperation in the Mediterranean Region.
• 58th Pugwash Conference "Justice, Peace and Nuclear Disarmament" The Hague, The Netherlands, 17-20 April 2009
• 59th Pugwash Annual Conference in Berlin 1-4 July, 2011. I was a co-chair of the Working Group on Regional Stability in South Asia, Situation in Afghanistan and Indo-Pak Relations (Co-chair, Working Group on India-Pakistan and Afghanistan).
• 60th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, "Dialogue, Disarmament, and Regional and Global Security" will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 1-5 November 2013 (Co-chair, Working Group on India-Pakistan and Afghanistan).

4. Chaophraya Track-two Dialogue
Coordinator and Participant (till 2010) and currently Consultant and Participant of the Chaophraya Dialogue India-Pakistan Track-two Initiative. The Chaophraya Dialogue is a joint India-Pakistan Track II initiative undertaken by the Melbourne- based Australia India Institute (AII) and Islamabad-based Jinnah Institute (JI), to encourage informed dialogue on Indo-Pak relations. The process has so far led to eleven rounds of dialogue and is now entering its fifth year. (http://chaophrayadialogue.net/)
• Conference 1: 'Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan', in Bangkok on 30-31 March, 2009
• Conference 2: India-Pakistan Composite Dialogue, in Bangkok, Thailand, on 2-3 October 2009
• Conference 3: Building Stability in South Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand, on 8-9 February, 2010.
• Conference 4: 28-30 August 2010, Bangkok
• Conference 5: 27-28 January 2011, Bangkok
• Conference 6: 16-17 October, 2011, Bangkok (Strategic Dialogue)
• Conference 7: 18-19 October, 2011, Bangkok (Media Dialogue)
• Conference 8: Colombo, 28-29, February, 2012, (India-Pakistan Military-to-Military Dialogue)
• Conference 9: Colombo, 2-3 March, 2012, India-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue
• Conference 10: Bangkok, December 18-20, 2012.
• Conference 11: Bangkok, 17 – 18 July 2013
• Conference 12: Bangkok, 23 – 24 January 2014
• Conference 13: Chiang Mai, Thailand, 21-22 June, 2014
• Conference 14: Krabi, Thailand, 8-9 December, 2014
• Conference 15: Bangkok, Thailand, 6-7 August, 2015

5. Ottawa Indo-Pak Nuclear Dialogue
Participant, Ottawa Dialogue on India-Pakistan Relations. The Ottawa Dialogue is a suite of projects focused on helping to create the conditions leading to improved stability and communication between India and Pakistan. It seeks to do so by facilitating the development of networks of knowledgeable and influential individuals with the potential to build, over time, mutual understanding and confidence, to generate and advocate new ideas, and ultimately to affect policy-making by their respective governments as well as public discourse. (http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/dialogue/eng/index.asp)
• Plenary Meeting I: 18-19 June, 2010, Copenhagen
• Plenary Meeting II: 12-13 December, 2010, Bangkok
• Inter-sessional Meeting: 26-27 March, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey
• Plenary Meeting III: 6 to 8 July at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
• Plenary Meeting IV: 12-13 December 2011, Copenhagen Strand Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Plenary Meeting V: India-Pakistan Nuclear Dialogue, Copenhagen Plenary, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 12-13, 2011.
• Plenary Meeting VI: 18-19 June, 2012, Copenhagen Strand Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark Ottawa
• Plenary Meeting VII: December 10-11 2012, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
• Plenary Meeting VIII: June 16-17, 2013, Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen
• Plenary Meeting IX: 17-18 February 2014, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
• Plenary Meeting X: 17-19, February, 2014, Taj Samudra, Colombo
• Plenary Meeting XI: 3-4 November, 2014, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
• Nuclear Dialogue, 15-15 April, 2015, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

6. Ottawa Dialogue on Indo-Pak Military-to-Military CBMs
• Meeting I: 16-17, October, 2013, Shagri-La Hotel, Bangkok
• Meeting II: 19-20 February, 2014, Taj Samudra, Colombo
• Meeting III: 5-6 November, 2014, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
• Meeting IV: 15-15 April, 2015, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

7. POSSE Meetings
Member, Core Group, Project on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE), The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.
1. POSSE Workshop, April 1-4, 2012, UCSD conference center, The Village at Torrey Pines, San Diego, USA.
2. POSSE Workshop, at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), Austria. Paper presented "Revisiting Indo-Pak Strategic Stability: Contours of South Asian Nuclear Order" (http://www.posse.gatech.edu/sites/posse.gatech.edu/files/Happymon%20Jacob%20POSSE%20VI%20Final%20Paper.pdf )
3. POSSE-CNS Workshop (Monterey), April 1 – April 5, 2013
4. POSSE Workshop, 27-29 October, CNS Washington DC office, USA. Paper presented on "Evolution of the Indian Nuclear Strategy".

8. Participation in International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conferences
1. New Orleans, USA, 17-20 February 2010 – paper presented 'Neoclassical Realism and Indian Foreign Policy'

2. San Diego, USA, 1-4, April, 2012.

3. San Francisco, CA, USA – 3-6, April, 2013. Paper presented 'Role of Nuclear Weapons in Indian strategic thinking'.

4. Toronto, Canada, March 26th - 29th, 2014. Papers to be presented "Regional Asymmetries, Strategic Stability, and India's BMD Program" and "Lessons From the South Asian Track-Twos: A Case Study of the Kashmir Conflict".

5. New Orleans, USA, 17-21 February 2015 – paper presented "Indian notions of Strategic Stability". Discussant on the panel on "Open Skies: Confidence-building, Transparency and the End of the Cold War."

9. Other Conferences
1. International Conference on "Energy Security Challenges: Non Traditional Security planning in India" organized by Centre for Public Policy Research in Kochi, Kerala, India on 12 -13 December, 2014. Presented a paper entitled "Strategic and Security Challenges of Nuclear Power in India".

2. Attended the workshop on "Force Modernization and Strategic Crises in South Asia" organized by the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, in Dubai on 25-26 September 2014

3. Presentation on "Nuclear Security Governance in India: Culture, Institutions, And Instruments" at the US Department of State, Washington DC. July 15, 2014.

4. Presentation on "Nuclear Security Governance in India: Culture, Institutions, And Instruments" at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. July 15, 2014.

5. Presentation on "Nuclear Security Governance in India: Culture, Institutions, And Instruments" at the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington DC. July 16, 2014.

6. Presentation on "Nuclear Security Governance in India: Culture, Institutions, And Instruments" at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Washington DC. July 17, 2014.

7. "The Evolution and Practices of Indian Notions of Sovereignty", paper presented at the Chatham House session of the ESRC Seminar Series on 'Normative Challenges to International Society: Rising Powers and Global Responses' (Chatham House, London, 22 March 2013). http://www.risingpowersglobalresponses.com/sample-page/papers/

8. "South Asian Stability Workshop", 19-22 March, 2013, Colombo, organized by Center on Contemporary Conflict, Naval Postgraduate School

9. Next Decade of Nuclear Learning workshop, Bangkok, Thailand from 21-23 May 2012. Organised the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) at the U.S Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), USA.

10. Delegate at The 11th IISS Asia Security Summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore, 1–3 June 2012

11. Indian Delegate at the "Munich Young Leaders 2012" organised by the Korber Foundation as part of the "Munich Security Conference", Munich, Germany, 2-5 February, 2012.

12. Teleconference briefing on "Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia" as part of the "Tuesday Speaker Series" for the United States Pacific Command's (USPACOM) India Strategic Focus Group and Cyber on the Brain Project at 9.30 pm – 10.30 pm on Wednesday February 6, 2012.

13. Quand La Diplomatie Devient Un Exercice Public, Conférence CERI – Direction de la Prospective du MAE CERI, mardi 6 December 2011, Paris, France, I presented a paper on "Public Diplomacy at the Service of Economic Interests: The Indian Case".

14. Engaging India Workshop, 23-24 November 2011, Australian National University, Canberra. I presented a paper entitled 'Internal Conflicts and India's Great Power Aspirations: Domestic sources of India's New Approach to Kashmir'.

15. Participant in the ongoing Pugwash Regional Security Initiative involving India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Attended the first meeting held in Islamabad, Pakistan on March 29 - 31, 2008.

16. Presented paper titled "India-Pakistan Peace Process" at the International Workshop on Pakistan's Chronic Instability: International and Regional Concerns Workshop" Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

17. Awarded the Australian Government's Leadership Award to participate in the 75th Anniversary National Conference of The Australian Institute of International Affairs on 4-8 August 2008, Melbourne, Australia

18. Presented paper on "Impact of HIV/AIDS on Governance in Manipur and Nagaland", at the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI) ASCI Research Review Meeting at the Greentree Foundation in New York, USA, 18 - 20 September 2008.

19. Seventh Annual Seminar by the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu in collaboration with the 16 Corps, HQ Northern Command, on Pakistan: Past, Present and Future on 5-6 May 2008. Presented a paper entitled "Creating Interdependence in J&K: Potential, Political Discourse and Future Prospects".

20. Forum on HIV/AIDS, Gender and Security in Chennai, India on February 22-23, 2008, being organized on behalf of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), New Delhi.

21. Attended the National Human Rights Seminar conducted by the White Knight Corps, HQ 16 Corps, Indian Army on 9-10 October 2007, Jammu and Kashmir. Delivered a lecture to the armed forces personnel on "National security, Human Rights and Anti-terror Laws in the post-9/11 Counter Terrorist World".

22. Attended the Forum of Federations country roundtable on 'Foreign Relations in Federal Countries' in Goa on the 17th june 2006. The roundtable was part of the Global Dialogue on Federalism, an initiative by Forum of Federations, Canada.

23. Attended the 4th Pugwash Workshop on Threats without Enemies: The Security Aspects of HIV/AIDS, from April 7-9, 2006, Chennai, India.

24. Presented paper on "Globalization, HIV/AIDS and Security" at the International Conference on Globalization: Social and Political Dimensions, 17-18 November, 2005, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU, in collaboration with the Maison des sciences de l'homme and Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales, France. The paper is under publication in an edited volume.

25. Attended the Pugwash Conference on "Threats without Enemies: Learning lessons from the first wave of HIV/AIDS", from 29th April to 1st May, 2005, Cape Town, South Africa. Presented paper on the Indian scenario.

26. Participated in the 5th India-Europe Strategic Dialogue held at Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, India from 18 – 20 February, 2005.

27. Attended the RCSS Summer Workshop on "Defense, Technology and Cooperative Security in South Asia" held at the Fudan University, Shanghai, China in December 2003.

28. Made a presentation on "India's Case in Kashmir" at the UN office in Trondheim, Norway as part of a panel discussion on Kashmir in February 2003.

Lectures and seminar participation

  • Lectures at the Academic Staff College, Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India, on 12-13 March, 2015: "Nuclear Weapons and International Relations", "India's Nuclear Policy" and "India-Pakistan Relations".
  • Special Lecture "Indo-Pak Relations: Kashmir, Nuclearisation and Terrorism" at the Department of Political Science, Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India, 13 March, 2015.
  • Special Lecture on "India-Pakistan Relations: Pathways Ahead", School of International Studies, Central University Gujarat, February 28, 2014.
  • Delivered the 5th Quarterly Lecture of the Centre for Public Policy Research at Press Club Ernakulam, Kerala, 23rd December, 2013 on the topic "Indo-Pak Relations: What lies ahead?"
  • Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (Topic- The Kashmir Issue: A Way Forward; date – 04-02-2010)
  • Department of Law, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan (Topic- The Kashmir issue; date – 02-02-2010)
  • Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Government of India (Topic- Future of Diplomacy; Date – 01-09-2009).
  • Participated in the 5th India-Europe Strategic Dialogue held at Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, India from 18 – 20 February, 2005.
  • Made a presentation on "India's Case in Kashmir" at the UN office in Trondheim, Norway as part of a panel discussion on Kashmir in February 2003.


Courses taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • India and Disarmament (M. Phil core course, CIPOD (DAD), School of International Studies, JNU). (Years taught - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • National Security and International Relations (MA optional course), School of International Studies (Years taught - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Introduction to World Politics (School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Winter 2008)
  • Introduction to Diplomacy (co-taught), MA option course offered in the winter semester at the School of International Studies (Years taught - 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Comparative Foreign Policy Decision Making (M. Phil 2012 batch, CIPOD, School of International Studies, JNU)
  • Contemporary issues in International security (M. Phil 2013 batch, CIPOD, School of International Studies, JNU)
  • Introduction to IR Theory (M. Phil 2009 batch, CIPOD, School of International Studies, JNU)

Courses taught at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

  • Non-Traditional Security Studies (M A Programme, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, 2007-2008)
  • Indian Strategic Thought, (M A Programme, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, 2008-2009)

Courses taught at the University of Jammu

  • Introduction to Strategic Studies (Two semesters – M. Phil Students, University of Jammu, 2005-6)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, SIS, JNU - 2010
  • M. Phil., Centre for Studies in Diplomacy, International Law and Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 2003
  • M. A, (International Relations), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala - 2001
  • B. A, Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • B. Ph., (Bachelor in Philosophy), Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication, Mumbai (Kottayam branch).  
  • Qualified the University Grants Commission test for lectureship in Politics including International Relations (June 2000)

Research Supervision

Ph. D Theses

1 Poujenlung Gonmei, Two-Level Games Model: A Study of the Negotiations on India-United States Civil Nuclear Agreement, Awarded in 2015
2. Abhay Kumar, Conceptualising Nation and Power: A Study of Sangh Parivar's National Security Discourses, Submitted in July 2015
3. Kanica Rakhra, Understanding the Role of Prestige in Indian and Iranian Nuclear Programmes, Tentative date of submission July 2016
4. Kaveri Bedi, Films as sites of the State's self-Identity: Exploring the India-Pakistan representation and dichotomy through Hindi films, Synopsis approved
5 Manasi Pritam, Self-righteous Republic: A study of the Indian notion of sovereignty through its foreign policy since 1947, Synopsis approved
6 Deepa varughese, Understanding New Social Movements: A Study of Jadugoda and Koodankulam, Synopsis approved
7 Anamika Asthana, Evolution of Nuclear Regulation in India, Synopsis preparation stage
8 Tanvi Kulkarni, Synopsis preparation stage
9 Shereen Sherif, Synopsis preparation stage
10 Kirti Singh, Synopsis preparation stage
11 Sharif Hozoori, Synopsis preparation stage

M. Phil Dissertations

1. Abhay Kumar, End of Cold War and the Transformation of India's Nuclear Policy: 1991-2008, 2010
2 Kaveri Bedi, Hibakusha Cinema: Understanding Japanese Culture and Society after the Atomic Bombings, 2012
3 Cuthert Tongsin, Anal Theorizing the Post Cold War Sino-Indian Relations, 2011
4 Kanica Rakhra, Nuclear Decision Making: A Study of Iran & South Africa's Policies, 2011
5 Mansi Pritam, The Role of Trust in Negotiations with Non State Armed Groups: Evaluating the cases of Northern Ireland and Israel- Palestine, 2012
6 Rachita Mittal, India and the Quest for Soft Power: An Assessment of Successes and Failures, 2012
7 Debak Das, Technology, Strategy and Statecraft: Understanding India's Tryst with Missile Defence, 2013
8 Ladhu Ram Choudhary, The Notion of Responsibility in International Relations: Examining the Politics of Nuclear Responsibility, 2013
9 Shereen Sherif, Negotiating Post-Colonial Spaces: A Study of Indo- Sri Lankan Fishing Disputes, 2014
10 Kirti Singh, The Impact of Counter-Terrorism Norms on State Policy: A Case Study of India, 2014
11 Tanvi Kulkarni, Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use: A Critical Study of the Evolution of India's Key Nuclear Policy Concepts, 2014
12 Prateek Kapil, Rationality and Strategic Decision Making: An Inter-disciplinary study of Concepts, Definitions and Approaches, 2015

Other Publications

Newspaper Articles

The Hindu
1. A guest of the President, The Hindu, June 27, 2015
2. Brick and mortar of foreign policy, The Hindu, June 12, 2015
3. For a 'Look Northwest' policy, The Hindu, May 13, 2015
4. Uneasy coalition in the Valley, The Hindu, April 10, 2015
5. A mortar-for-bullet game, The Hindu, February 5, 2015
6. Kashmir's Fractured Mandate, The Hindu, December 25, 2014
7. Civilian supremacy and defence reforms, The Hindu, October 28, 2014
8. Regulating India's nuclear estate, The Hindu, August 29, 2014
9. Lessons of the past for the future, The Hindu, May 27, 2014
10. Deterrence debates and defence, The Hindu, April 21, 2014
11. Why engagement with Pakistan is a must, The Hindu, August 13, 2013
12. Don't blame it on the professor, September 17, 2012
13. Farce in three parts (Co-authored with Amitabh Mattoo), The Hindu, June 4, 2012
14. A precarious Indo-Pak nuclear balance, The Hindu, January 26, 2012
15. Kashmir needs a political package, The Hindu, September 22, 2010
16. Kashmir and the poverty of politics, The Hindu, July 21, 2010
17. Rebooting India-Pakistan relations, The Hindu, May 23, 2010
18. The Kashmir Insurgency, 20 Years After, The Hindu, December 25, 2009
19. The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy, November 4, 2009
20. Pakistan: need for smart diplomacy (Co-authored with Amitabh Mattoo), The Hindu, February 25, 2009
21. 26/11 and India's Pakistan Dilemma, The Hindu, January 5, 2009.
22. Kashmir's failed uprising, The Hindu, October 25, 2008
23. Need to rethink our Kashmir policy, The Hindu, August 22, 2008
24. Pakistan and Kashmir prospects, The Hindu, April 10, 2008

Hindustan Times
1. "The devil lies within: What can spoil the India-US nuke deal", January 28, 2015

Greater Kashmir (Greaterkashmir.com)
1. Ufa and After, July 26, 2015
2. RAW Revelations, July 4, 2015
3. Respect thy Neighbor, June 14, 2015
4. The fallacy of using terror to beat terror, May 30, 2015
5. Assessing Modi's Foreign Policy, May 16, 2015
6. In search of a home, May 9, 2015
7. Losing The Northwestern Plot, 26 April 2015
8. Give peace a chance, April 19, 2015
9. Understanding the PDP-BJP alliance, April 5, 2015
10. Is Mufti Sayeed 'anti-national'?, March 22, 2015
11. A Needless Controversy, Greater Kashmir, March 15, 2015
12. Why is Pakistan unhappy with PDP?, Greater Kashmir, February 22, 2015
13. Limits of showmanship, Greater Kashmir, February 1, 2015
14. Atop a Moral High Horse, Greater Kashmir, January 18, 2015
15. The politics of renunciation, Greater Kashmir, January 11, 2015
16. Demythifying 'Kashmir's Communal Vote', December 28, 2014
17. Pakistan's Terrorism Dilemma, Greater Kashmir, December 21, 2014
18. Modi's Pakistan Problem, Greater Kashmir, November 30, 2014
19. Miles to go before we sleep, Greater Kashmir, November 16, 2014.
20. LoC Standoff in Perspective, Greater Kashmir, October 19, 2014
21. Negotiating an Indo-Japan Nuclear deal, August 31, 2014
22. Playing Chicken with Pakistan, August 24, 2014
23. A Performance Audit of the J&K Government, August 10, 2014
24. Countdown to the Battle for Srinagar, August 3, 2014
25. A Blueprint of Modi's Kashmir Policy, July 7, 2014
26. When nationality becomes a burden, June 29, 2014
27. Three Ts and an evolving dialogue process, June 22, 2014
28. NRI Deshbhakts and cyber patriotism, June 8, 2014
29. Modi's Coronation Diplomacy, May 25, 2014
30. India 'Modi'fied , May 18, 2014
31. Modi Sarkar's Pakistan Policy, April 27, 2014
32. Return Tosa Maidan to J&K, April 20, 2014
33. On the desirability of NFU, April 13, 2014
34. When Justice is Subverted, April 6, 2014
35. The questions we don't ask, March 16, 2014
36. Why not cheer for the Pakistani team?, March 8, 2014
37. Need for Defence reforms in India, March 2, 2014
38. The unmistakable negativity, 23 February 2014
39. 'Nice guys finish second', February 2, 2014
40. The limits of democracy, 22 January 2014
41. Strategic Implications of the Indo-US Standoff, January 12, 2014
42. Dr. Singh's Pakistan Policy: An Assessment, January 5, 2013
43. Demythifying Article 370, December 8, 2013.
44. Questions from Kashmir, December 1, 2013
45. Romancing Pakistan, November 16, 2013
46. Insights from Istanbul, November 3, 2013
47. The politics of honoring Malala, October 20, 2013
48. Pakistan's Kashmir Fatigue, October 5, 2013
49. In the Name of National Security, September 28, 2013
50. Syrian Dilemmas, September 22, 2013
51. Let Them Sing, September 8, 2013
52. Steps for India-Pakistan Crisis Management, August 18, 2013
53. Indo-Pak Dialogue: The déjà vu Factor, August 4, 2013
54. New Delhi's Nuclear Dilemmas, 28 July 2013
55. Takeaways from the Chaophraya Track-2, 21 July 2013
56. Many shades of truth, July 7, 2013
57. Apology and reparation for Kashmir, June 30, 2013
58. The shame of Kunan Poshpora, June 23, 2013
59. Kashmir's 'educated' militants, June 16, 2013
60. On the Importance of Definitions, June 9, 2013
61. The Young, Political Kashmiri, May 26, 2013
62. Pakistan Powershift, May 19, 2013.
63. James Bonds of India and Pakistan, May 5, 2013
64. Procrastination as grand strategy, 28 April, 2013
65. BMD and South Asian strategic stability, 21 April 2013
66. NCTC and India's federal future, 14 April 2013
67. Decoding Delhi, 24 March 2013.
68. Why Modi cannot be my leader, March 10, 2013
69. The making of a state of exception, March 3, 2013
70. Apology from an Indian, February 17, 2013
71. 'Rock on', Pragaash!, February 10, 2013
72. Verma Committee's AFSPA Recommendations, January 27, 2013
73. Shootout at LoC: In perspective, January 20, 2013.
74. The mindless LoC killings, 13 January, 2013
75. India's Regional Dilemmas, December 23, 2012.
76. Bon Voyage, Mirwaiz, 16 December 2012
77. Why death penalty is immoral, 09 December 2012
78. On Nuclear Disarmament, November 18, 20102.
79. What does Obama's reelection mean for India?, November 11, 2012
80. Mark the Graves, 21 October 2012
81. Rahul's 'non-political' Kashmir visit, October 7, 2012.
82. Impressions from a visit to China, September 23
83. Indo-Pak Relations: Glass Half Full, September 9, 2012
84. India Against Itself, August 26, 2012
85. Politics of Asylum, 19 August 2012
86. Character Certificates for Kashmiris!, 29 July, 2012
87. Indo-Pak Cricket Diplomacy, July 22, 2012
88. Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, July 8, 2012
89. Facilitate the return of Salahuddin, June 2012
90. Building peace in Kashmir: Next steps, June 10, 2012
91. Wise, but controversial, May 27, 2012.
92. Kashmir is happy. So what?, May, 2012
93. Hamid Ansari for President, May 6, 2012
94. Respond to Pakistan's peace overtures, April 22, 2012.
95. Non-violent state and not-so-non-violent society, April 15, 2012
96. Implications of India's UNHRC vote, April 8, 2012
97. New Delhi's forgetfulness, 18 March, 2012.
98. The myth of Indo-Pak unity!, March 11, 2012
99. Does India pose a threat to Pakistan?, March 4, 2012
100. New Delhi's hypocritical Iran policy, 19 February, 2012
101. Pervez Musharraff: Rise and Fall, 12 February 2012
102. All is not 'unwell' in Pakistan, 15 January 2012.
103. Chief Minister or Chief Mourner? January 8, 2012
104. Defining normalcy in Kashmir, 1 January 2012
105. Hypocrisy of Kashmir's alcohol debate", 18 December, 2011
106. India's New Kashmir Narrative, 27 November, 2011
107. In the name of AFSPA, , 06 November 2011
108. Pakistan's New Kashmir Policy, 23 October 2011
109. Harud: In Memoriam, October 2, 2011
110. Will, not bill, needed for Kashmir, 19 September 2011.
111. Please don't call it a revolution, August 28, 2011
112. Waiting to fall in love, 17 July, 2011
113. India's Afghan Policy, 12 June, 2011
114. Reclaiming Kashmir's Centrality, , May 22, 2011
115. Osama Killing and South Asian Geopolitics, May 17, 2011
116. New Delhi's Kashmir Interlocutors, April 24, 2011
117. In the name of national interest, April 10, 2011
118. Impressions from a recent Kashmir visit, 20 March 2011
119. The difficulty of being a Kashmiri separatist, March 6, 2011
120. Cairo, Kashmir and the anatomy of post-modern resistance, February 20, 2011
121. Need to revive the India-Pakistan Dialogue, 6 February 2011
122. The necessity of truth-telling, Sunday, 11, 2011.
123. Why War is no Solution Against Pakistan, December 17, 2008
124. India's Fight Against Terror, December 3, 2008
125. Rethinking Obama's Kashmir Musings, November 12, 2008
126. J&K Confronts New Delhi's Electoral Delusions, October 29, 2008
127. Manmohan, Zardari, Train, Trade, and Kashmir, October 16, 2008
128. Questions for Kashmiris, October 1, 2008
129. Zardari's 'Business Plans' with India, September 17, 2008
130. Dissidents Need a Common Minimum Programme, September 3, 2008
131. This marks the end of yet another peace process? August 13, 2008
132. Who will douse the fire in Jammu? July 30, 2008
133. Afghanistan and the Regional Geopolitics, July 16, 2008
134. New spell of violence, July 09, 2008
135. Why is peace in Kashmir so fragile? July 2, 2008
136. Hurriyat's Unification Move, June 25, 2008
137. India's Obama Dilemma, June 18, 2008
138. The Northeast: India's Achilles Heel, June 5, 2008
139. Sports Need not be Divorced from Politics, May 29, 2008
140. A Tale of Three Visits, May 28, 2008
141. What happened to the Peace Process?
142. Kashmir resolution: Do we have a consensus? February 6, 2008
143. The Ideal versus the Achievable, February 20, 2008
144. India Needs a New Regional Grand Strategy, March 5, 2008.
145. Undoing J&K's Artificial Existence, March 19, 2008
146. Islamabad Diary, April 2, 2008
147. Mirwaiz should learn from Prachanda, April 16, 2008
148. UPA's Kashmir Debacles, April 30, 2008
149. J&K and the Indian Left, May 7, 2008
150. Between Iran and the US, May 14, 2008
151. Why Hurriyat should fight elections, May 21, 2008

Kashmir Times
1. Who Failed the RTC? 29 May, 2006.
2. Pakistan and the Taliban: The Game Continues, May 15, 2006.
3. Know Thy Neighbours, 02 May, 2006
4. Is HIV/AIDS a Security Threat to India?, 17 April, 2006.
5. Help Pakistan out of Kashmir, 03 April, 2006
6. Dealing with Kashmir issue: Pugwash and beyond, Monday, 20 March, 2006
7. Dating the Hyperpower, Monday, 06 March, 2006
8. US, Iran and India's foreign policy choices, Monday, Feb 20, 2006

The Telegraph
• "Dream in the Pipeline", August 12, 2003.

The Pioneer
1. Enter the Dragon, June 25, 2003.
2. Will Iran be next?, July 5, 2003.
3. Tightrope on Iran, July 26, 2003.
4. Don't Walk up this Isle, June 21, 2003.
5. UN-tenable Appeal, August 9, 2003
6. Korean Conundrum, September 6, 2003

Sakaal Times (Pune)
1. What awaits Kashmir? August 13, 2008
2. Political chaos in J&K, July 10, 2008
3. The Valley livens up, May 30, 2008

Issue Briefs published by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
1. "US-Pakistan Deal on the Taliban", Issue Brief, Vol. I Issue. 2 February 2004, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
2. "US-Pakistan Military Operations in Pak-Afghan Border", Issue Brief, Vol. I, Issue. 3, March 2004, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

List of articles published on the ORF website:
1. Oil and Violence in Nigeria, 29 November 2003
2. The Rise of 'Moderate Taliban' , 27 November 2003
3. Engaging Tajikistan: Strategic Implications, 17 November 2003
4. The Game of chess, 11 November 2003
5. India-Sudan Energy Ties: Implications, 23 October 2003
6. India-Myanmar Energy cooperation, 29 September 2003
7. India-Bangladesh Energy Non-Cooperation, 29 September 2003
8. India and the Trans-Afghan Gas pipeline, 29 September 2003
9. Building a 'Strategic Oil Reserve' for India, 30 August 2003
10. Indian Diplomacy Comes of Age, 7 January 2003.
11. Pakistan's Rise to Grace, 26 March 2004

1. Pakistan Army's Wana Operations – a Fiasco? ORF Strategic Trends, (Vol. II Issue. 13 March 29, 2004)
2. The Hunt for Osama ORF Strategic Trends, (Vol. II Issue. 10 March 8, 2004)
3. Does Afghanistan possess the Rule of Law? ORF Strategic Trends, (Vol. II Issue. 2 January 12, 2004)
4. Putin's Pre-election Maneuvers ORF Strategic Trends, (Vol. I Issue. 7 November 17, 2003)
5. Proliferation Security Initiative and Global Policing ORF Strategic Trends, (Vol. I Issue. 4 October 20, 20030

Other Articles
1. Afghanistan, Resurgent Taliban and India, available at http://www.ipcs.org/newKashmirLevel2.jsp?action=showView&kValue=1859&subCatID=null&mod=null
2. "HIV/AIDS Crisis & India's Security", available at http://www.ipcs.org/newKashmirLevel2.jsp?action=showView&kValue=1793&subCatID=null&mod=null
3. "Creating Conditions for Peace in Kashmir: Pugwash Conference in Islamabad" available at http://www.ipcs.org/whatsNewArticle1.jsp?action=showView&kValue=1986&status=article&mod=b

Book Reviews

  1. Review of The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World by T. V. Paul, Journal of South Asian Development, 9, 3, (2014), pp. 317-320
  2. Review of Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy by David Mr. Malone, The Developing Economies, June 2012 issue
  3. South Asia as a dynamic whole, The Hindu, March 5, 2012 (Review of SOUTH ASIA — Beyond the Global Financial Crisis: Edited by Amitendu Palit)
  4. "The geopolitics of South Asian jihad", The Hindu, January 31, 2012
  5. "Dynamics of Decision-making", Review of State and Foreign Policy in South Asia (Jivanta Schottli and Siegfried O. Wolf (Eds.), The Book Review, August-September 2011.
  6. Comprehensive Security: Theory vs. Praxis, review of Comprehensive Security in South Asia, Dev Raj Dahal and Nischal Nath Pandey (Eds.), Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2006, available at the IPCS website
  7. Cooperation or Confrontation?, review of Riyaz Punjabi (ed.), USA and the Muslim World: Cooperation and Confrontation, Brunel Academic Publishers, Middlesex, available at the IPCS website, http://www.ipcs.org/newDisplayReview.jsp?kValue=86
  8. William T. Tow, Ramesh Thakur and In-Taek Hyun, Asia's Emerging Regional Order: Reconciling Traditional and Human Security (Foundations of Peace), (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2004). Published in Security and Society (Volume 1, Issue 2, 2005)
  9. Review of Bahudha and the Post 9/11 World by Balmiki Prasad Singh in Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3, July - September 2008

Departmental, University, and Professional Responsibilities

Professional Activities

  • Coordinator, India-Pakistan Task Force on "Alternative Histories and Narratives" (An initiative of the Chaophraya Track-II Dialogue process). The Task Force will complete its report and submit the same to the governments of India and Pakistan in mid-2016.
  • Council Member, Nobel laureate Pugwash International's 'Council' (governing body) serving a six-year term (since 2013). http://pugwash.org/pugwash-council/
  • Reviewer for book manuscripts and proposals submitted to Zed Books, Anthem Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, India Quarterly and Journal of Contemporary Asia.
  • Subject Expert, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi

University Activities

• Member, Board of studies, School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat, India (2014 - 2017)
• Member, Research Committee, Centre for Nehru Studies, University of Jammu (2006-8)
• Member, Editorial Committee, Security and Society, Journal of the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu (2004-6)
• Member, Internal Quality Assessment Cell, University of Jammu (2004-6)
• Secretary, International Relations Association, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala (1999)
• Elected member of the Mahatma Gandhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Unions (2000 and 2002 respectively).