Amitabh Mattoo

Amitabh Mattoo, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
Professor in Disarmament Studies
Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD)
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi – 110067, India
Ph.:     (+91-11) 26741305 [direct], 26704349 [CIPOD Office]
Fax:     (+91-11) 26741586


Amitabh Mattoo is currently professor of Disarmament studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies. His teaching and research interests include issues of international security, India’s foreign policy, and arms control and disarmament. Mattoo has been visiting Professor at  the Centre for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University,  at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace Studies , the University of Notre Dame, and at the Program on Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and  at the Maison des Sciences de'Lomme at Paris. He has published ten books (on nuclear issues, foreign policy and international relations), and more than fifty research articles (including in leading journals like Survival and Asian Survey). He writes regularly for Indian newspapers, including The Telegraph and The Hindu and is a commentator on television.

Prof. Mattoo was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu from November 2002 until December 2008. He was the youngest person to serve on that position. He concurrently served as a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India. A member of the Governing council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the Nobel Prize winning NGO which campaigns for global disarmament, he is currently President of the Indian Association of International Studies. Prof. Mattoo has been a member of India's National Security Council's Advisory Board and was also a member of the task force constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Global Strategic Developments. The Task Force examined various aspects of global trends in strategic affairs and their implications for India.

Prof. Mattoo is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and is an Honorary Professor at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Avantipura, Jammu and Kashmir. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies serves on the research Committee of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses and is a member of the Executive Council of the Central University of Karnataka.  He is also a Director of the India-Afghanistan Foundation (established by the governments of India and Afghanistan). Prof. Mattoo has served on the Governing Council of the Nuclear Science Centre and has been a member of the Standing Committee of the Association of Indian Universities.

Recognizing his contribution to education and public life, the President of India honoured Professor Mattoo on the occasion of the Republic Day (2008) with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards. Professor Amitabh Mattoo was awarded the Qimpro Platinum Standard Award (2008) and was recognized as a National Statesman for his work in the field of education along with Mr. Anand Mahindra who was awarded for his leadership in business.

Select Publications

Imagining China in The Peacock and the Dragon: India- China Relations in the 21st Century, Kanti Bajpai , Amitabh Mattoo (eds.), Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 2000.

Pakistan in Perspectives on National Security in South Asia: In Search of a New Paradigm, P.R.Chari (ed.), Manohar Publications, New Delhi, 1999.

Military and Nuclear CBMs in South Asia: Problems and Prospects in The Challenge of Confidence-Building In South Asia, Monnis Ahmar (ed.), Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 2001.

Lessons for India and Pakistan from the Arab-Israeli Peace Process: A View from New Delhi in The Arab-Israeli Peace Process: Lessons for India and Pakistan, Moonis Ahmar (ed.), Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2001.

India-Pakistan Relations: Towards a Grand Reconciliation in India &Pakistan: Pathways Ahead, Amitabh Mattoo, Happymon Jacob & Kapil Kak (eds.), Knowledge World Publications, New Delhi, 2007.

"Raison d’ etat or Adhocism?" in Securing India: Thoughts and Practices, Kanti Bajpai & Amitabh Mattoo (eds.), Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 1996.

India’s Nuclear Policy in an Anarchic World, in India’s Nuclear Deterrent; Pokhran II and Beyond, Amitabh Mattoo (ed.), Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 1999.

Shadow of the Dragon: Indo-US Relations and China in Engaging      India: US Strategic Relations with the World’s Largest Democracy, Gary K. Bertsch,    Seema Gahlaut and Anupam Srivastava (eds.), Routledge, New York, 1999.

India and the Bomb: Public Opinion and Nuclear Options, David Cortright & Amitabh Mattoo (eds.), University of Notre Dame Press, 1999.

(with Happymon Jacob), “Foreign Relations in Federal Countries: Case Study of India”, in Federalism and Foreign Affairs: Constituent Diplomacy, Paradiplomacy, and Transborder Relations, Hans J. Michelmann, (ed.), McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 2008

United States of America and Central Asia: The Beginning of the Great Game in Central Asia: The Great Game Replayed: An Indian Perspective, Nirmala Joshi (ed), New Century Publications, New Delhi, 2003.

India’s International Relations: The Search for Stability, Space, and Strength in India Briefing; Takeoff at Last?, Alyssa Ayres & Philip Oldenburg (eds.), East Gate Book, New York, 2005.

Towards a Concert of Democracies: India’s Role in World Peace in  Democratic Peace: The Foreign Policy Implications, M.L.Sondhi (ed.), Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 2000.

Carrots and Cooperation: Incentives for Conflict Prevention in South Asia in David Cortright, ed., The Price of Peace, Carnegie Corporation/Rowman and Littlefield, Oxford, 1997.

India and the United Nations” in Indian Foreign Policy: Agenda for the 21st Century, Foreign Service Institute/Konark, New Delhi, 1997.

(with David Cortright), Elite Public Opinion and Nuclear Weapons Policy in India, Asian Survey, Vol. 36, No. 6, Jun., 1996.

(with David Cortright, Samina Ahmed), Public Opinion and Nuclear Options for South Asia, Asian Survey, Vol. 38, No.8, Aug., 1998.

India’s “Potential” Endgame in Kashmir, India Review, Vol. 2, No.3, 2003.

India’s Nuclear Status Quo, Survival, Vol. 38, No.3, Autumn 1996.