Strategic Space by Manpreet Sethi
Manpreet Sethi
Distinguished Fellow at CAPS
  • Unchecked and Unaffected: North Korea’s Nuclear Capability Marches On
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    26 Jan, 2022   ·    5804
    The first month of 2022 is not yet over and North Korea has already conducted four missile test launches of varying ranges and capabilities. The fireworks appear to have started quite early this year. By contrast, in 2021, Pyongyang’s ...
  • From Bangladesh to Balakot: The Impact of Nuclear Weapons on India-Pakistan Dynamics
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    14 Dec, 2021   ·    5799
    Swarnim Vijay Varsh was celebrated throughout 2021 to mark 50 years of India’s victory against Pakistan in the 1971 war. The three services commemorated their successes: the Indian Air Force’s achievement of complete air superiority, ...
  • North Korea’s Missile Missives: Is President Biden Listening?
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    29 Sep, 2021   ·    5788
    President Biden’s administration concluded its North Korea policy review in May 2021. It recommended a calibrated, practical approach towards Pyongyang—somewhere between a grand bargain and strategic patience. However, since then, many ...
  • NPT RevCon Rescheduled to 2022: Use the Time to Build Bridges
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    26 Aug, 2021   ·    5782
    The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) undergoes a review conference (RevCon) every five years. In the current cycle, this was planned for April-May 2020. Due to the pandemic, it had to be re-scheduled to January 2021, then to August 2021, a ...
  • Nuclear Deterrence and Stability in South Asia: The Inadequacies of a Regional Lens
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    12 Jul, 2021   ·    5775
    A recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, on how to stabilise the nuclear situation in South Asia, adds to a long list of offerings by well-meaning strategic analysts and think-tanks from aroun ...
  • Early Nuclear Indicators in the US’ Interim National Security Strategic Guidance
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    05 Apr, 2021   ·    5759
    President Joe Biden's administration has been quick off the mark to retrieve control on many domestic and foreign policy fronts: reining in the COVID-19 health emergency, extending New START, reassuring allies on US commitment to extende ...
  • COVID-19 Mauled 2020—A Nuclear Disaster Would End Time
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    31 Dec, 2020   ·    5749
    2020 started on a grim note, with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists deciding in January to move the minute hand on its clock to 100 seconds to midnight. This was a reminder of the high level of risk that humanity faced from nuclear ...
  • Another Date-Change for the NPT RevCon: Fresh Opportunity to Shape its Success
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    25 Nov, 2020   ·    5742
    The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that conducts a review conference (RevCon) every five years was due to hold one in April-May 2020. This RevCon had special significance as it was to mark the 50th anniversary of the NPT, as also the 25t ...
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in India-China Nuclear Relations
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    27 Oct, 2020   ·    5734
    India-China nuclear relations are unique and complex. China refuses to recognise India as a nuclear weapons state (NWS), though there is no denying the reality of India’s nuclear weapons. In fact, this has been accepted by the internat ...
  • The North Korean Nuclear Knot and China’s Dilemma
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    28 Sep, 2020   ·    5728
    The relationship between China and North Korea has often been described as similar to that between lips and teeth. Besides sharing the political ideology of communism, China is important for North Korea for sustaining its economy, especi ...