Strategic Space by Manpreet Sethi
Manpreet Sethi
Distinguished Fellow at CAPS
  • 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 ...
  • Never Again: 75 years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    24 Aug, 2020   ·    5714
    This August marks 75 years of the dropping of Little Boy and Fat Man on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These were the first two nuclear bombs built by the US in the secret Manhattan Project; run at a frenzied pace to beat the possibility of Ge ...
  • Kakrapar: Why Nuclear Power for Electricity Generation?
    Manpreet Sethi   ·    27 Jul, 2020   ·    5709
    On 22 July 2020, Unit 3 of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS)—India’s 23rd nuclear reactor—attained criticality. At 700 MWe capacity, it is a scaled-up version of earlier variants of pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs). ...