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The Nuclear Security Programme, the oldest at the IPCS, has been working on WMD security, including nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons, since its inception. Every year, a specific mandate is identified by the NSP research team to guide the NSP's work for that year, details of which may be found below.

To complement the NSP's research activities, various discussions and conferences with academics, defence personnel, retired bureaucrats and senior strategists are held regularly. In addition, track II dialogues between India, Pakistan and China at both the bilateral and trilateral levels are also organised, which have been beneficial in advancing the NSP's research and fostering a greater understanding of South Asian nuclear issues.

NSP COMMENTARIES
East Asia Compass
Shinzo Abe’s North Korea Strategy

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on the ways in which Abe is using the threat to advance his narrow domestic and foreign policy goals

An Interview with Dr Siegfried Hecker
North Korea’s Nuclear Behaviour and US Diplomacy

Modified version of an earlier interview conducted by Elisabeth Eaves for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with additional questions from Ruhee Neog for IPCS

Special Commentary
Weapons in Space: Conventional War in the Cosmos?

Allyson Rimmer examines why omitting a clause that bans all weapons from entering outer space is an oversight that presents significant dangers

A Looming Nuclear Arms Race In East Asia?
Nopur Siingh analyses regional security dynamics in the context of North Korean proliferation

India-Japan Civil Nuclear Cooperation: Contextualising Abe's Visit
Shivani Singh considers the existing bottlenecks to the full implementation of the agreement in light of Abe's recent visit

Strategic Space
The Bomb Banned: By and For the NNWS, For Now

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks whether the Ban Treaty may be able to facilitate universal nuclear disarmament

East Asia Compass
North Korea: Testing the Limits of US-South Korea Relations

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the bilateral relationship in light of North Korea's latest nuclear test

The Strategist
"The World is Not Peaceful"

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the dogmas, past and present, that guide Chinese strategic thinking

Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty: Addressing Normative Concerns
Shivani Singh considers the successes and failures of the recently adopted treaty

North Korea: Time to Focus on Minimisation, Not Denuclearisation
Rahul Raj argues that North Korea has reason to distrust the US and hold onto technology that levels the playing the field

IPCS Discussion
The Nuclear Future

Transcript of remarks made at the IPCS discussion, 'The Nuclear Future', on 8 August 2017

China’s Nuclear Programme: Modernising or Multiplying?
Allyson Rimmer considers the evidence in support of the claims regarding China's nuclear weapons programme

Strategic Space
Stabilising Deterrence: Doctrines Score Over Numbers

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks whether low numbers automatically help generate strategic stability

East Asia Compass
The US' Acrobatic Responses to the North Korean Riddle

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra analyses the potential reasons for, and implications of, the US' policy stances towards North Korea


Strategic Space
Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Dr Manpreet Sethi evaluates the dimensions and potential implications of China's dismissal of its responsibility in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as mere theory

The Strategist
Nuclear Crises in the Time of Orwellian Wars

Vice Adm (Retd)Vijay Shankar weighs in on the dangers posed by nuclear proliferation and non-state actors                  

NSG Membership: Pakistan's Past and Nuclear South Asia's Future
Allyson Rimmer considers why non-membership will have greater consequences for Pakistan while exacerbating the already existing imbalance in the region

Three Years of the Modi Government
Civil Nuclear Energy Initiatives

Niharika Tagotra weighs in on the policy moves in the nuclear energy sector

 
NSP Calendar
'The People Next Door: The Curious History of India's Relations with Pakistan'
14 September 2017 , 1530-1700 hrs
'The Nuclear Future'
8 August 2017
Evolving Discourses of Security in International Politics: India's Nuclear Strategy
31 March 2017 , 1500-1700 hrs
IPCS Briefing for the US Air Force School for Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies
22 March 2017
IPCS Briefing for the National Security and Defence Review Team, Republic of Fiji
26 October 2016 , 1500-1630
Rethinking Deterrence: The India-Pakistan Context
21 October 2016 , 1500-1630 hrs
Evolving Security in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
4 November 2015 , 0900-1700
Young Voices, Alternative Ideas: "A Normal Nuclear Pakistan"?
29 October 2015 , 1030-1300 hrs
Japan's Strategic Trajectory: Implications for India
21 July 2015 , 1400 to 1530 Hrs
India and its Neighbourhood: An Audit of Conflict and Peace
10 July 2015
Fifth Annual Residential Young Scholars Workshop
3 May 2015
Diverging Doctrines: Can Nuclear Use in South Asia be Limited?
11 November 2014 , 1030-1300 hrs
India's Nuclear Doctrine: An Agenda for the New Government
10 July 2014 , 1100-1230 hrs
Special Publications
The South Asian Nuclear Construct
India and No First Use: Does ‘Calculated Ambiguity’ Help?
Ruhee Neog
India and No First Use: Preventing Deterrence Breakdown 
Manpreet Sethi
India and No First Use: The Doctrinal Conundrum  
PR Chari
US, China and the South Asian Nuclear Construct  
Manpreet Sethi
India-Pakistan: Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures 
Vijay Shankar
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Prescriptions and Perspectives
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Shared Risk, Shared Responsibility  
Manpreet Sethi  
India and Nuclear Terrorism: Meeting the Threat  
PR Chari  
Nuclear Security Summit 2014 and the NTI Index  
Sheel Kant Sharma  
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Pakistans Role  
Rabia Akhtar  
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Indias Record  
Sitakanta Mishra  
Nuclear Security Summit: The Way Forward  
Arun Vishwanathan  
India, Pakistan and Tactical Nuclear Weapons
What’s in a Name?
Usman Ali Khan
Irrelevance for South Asia
Amit Gupta
A Step closer to the Abyss
Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar
Implications of Hatf-9
Beenish Altaf
Implications of Hatf-9
Gurmeet Kanwal
India, Nuclear Weapons and ‘Massive Retaliation’: The Impossibility of Limitation?
Ali Ahmed
Iran Nuclear Deal
A Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Four Potential Roadblocks
Ruhee Neog
Iran Nuclear Deal: Regional Shadows
Sheel Kant Sharma
Nuclear Iran: Will Obama Succeed?
Ranjit Gupta
 Ukraine: Implications for Global Nuclear Diplomacy
Sheel Kant Sharma
India & Iran: Post Nuclear Deal
Ruhee Neog
Iran Nuclear Deal: Israeli and Saudi Arabian Objections
Ruhee Neog and Ayesha Khanyari
Iran Nuclear Deal: Why would Iran want to Weaponise?
Rajeev Agarwal
Iran Nuclear Deal: Regional Implications
D Suba Chandran
Iran Nuclear Deal: American Re-Entry into the Middle East?
Prof Chintamani MAhapatra
Iran Nuclear Deal: A Definite Breakthrough
Ruhee Neog
Iran Nuclear Deal: End of Cold War against the West?
Ayesha Khanyari
Iran: Nuclear Negotiations
Ruhee Neog
Iran’s Nuclear Programme: Is Rouhani in a Win-Win Situation?
Rajeev Agarwal
 
Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy
Fifth Annual Residential Workshop for Young Scholars
The Annual IPCS Residential Young Scholars Workshops have been organised since 2008 with both national and international participation. The fifth edition of the workshop will be held in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Studies at their campus in Bangalore over a period of 4 days (04-07 May 2015). IPCS and NIAS will provide for the participants travel within India and accommodation in Bangalore for the duration of the workshop.

To apply, please see.

All Annual IPCS Residential Workshops have been made possible through the generous support of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington, DC.
Special Focus
Safety and Security
This project looks at nuclear safety and nuclear security, which are terms that are often confused and used interchangeably as nuclear risks increase.
Strategic Space
Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Dr Manpreet Sethi evaluates the dimensions and potential implications of China's dismissal of its responsibility in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as mere theory

East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution


Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181

Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections

Special Report 180

Confidence Building Measures
With special reference to South Asia, research on this subject seeks to establish the context in which they function, review the approaches that have so far been identified and contend with alternative scenarios.
Strategic Space
Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Dr Manpreet Sethi evaluates the dimensions and potential implications of China's dismissal of its responsibility in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as mere theory

East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution


Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181

Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections

Special Report 180

India and the New Nuclear Order
The nuclear order established after World War II and sustained by the NPT is facing myriad changes. These range from nuclear-armed and nuclear-threshold states; to the promise of nuclear energy, presenting both concerns and opportunities.
IPCS Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Time for a Review?

Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal argues for the proposition, in light of the Indian defence minister's remarks on the NFU

East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution


Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181

Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections

Special Report 180

Task Forces
NSP Task Force 2013-14: India and Global Nuclear Disarmament
The objective of this task force is to look at Indias stand on nuclear disarmament and the ways in which it can contribute to an issue that has witnessed renewed momentum since President Obamas Prague Speech. As India emerges as a rising state within the international system, what special insights will it bring to the table? Featuring a mix of seasoned strategists and young scholars, the task force will combine the debate on Indias institutional capacity to contribute to the disarmament agenda with the NSPs focus on capacity-building. It will investigate the dimension of the next generations perspective whether they are for or against nuclear disarmament in the context of disarmament not being a unilateral move by one state but in concert with others, taking special take note of the fact that for the next generation of Indians, the pre-nuclear weapons capability phase is history.
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: An Alternative Blueprint
In the year 2011-12, the NSP established a task force of experts from the Indian strategic community - academia, bureaucracy, media, military and scientific community to review Indias Nuclear Doctrine which finalised its report and published in mid 2012 as An Alternative Blueprint. This year, the Programme is likely to constitute a task force on Global Nuclear Disarmament and Indias Strategy to sustain the initiative. Click here for more...
NSP Capacity Building
As a new debate on the relevance of nuclear weapons and the future of nuclear power for peaceful purposes enters the post Cold War era, a number of myths, facts and queries have been raised, underscoring the need for a more informed debate among the scholars and practitioners dealing with the subject. For capacity-building and the assimilation of major strategic debates within the parlance of younger scholars, the IPCS actively engages with the academic and strategic community through the medium of the Institutes annual workshop. Click here for more...
NSP PUBLICATIONS
Books:
Indo-US Nuclear Deal Seeking Synergy in Bilateralism - Revised Edition
Edited by P R Chari
New Delhi: Routledge, India
Issue Briefs and Special Reports:
IPCS Forecast 2016

Special Report 182

Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181

Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections

Special Report 180

Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178

Deterrence, Second Strike and Credibility: Revisiting Indias Nuclear Strategy Debate
Rajesh Basrur
Issue Brief 255

Global Nuclear Materials Security: An Agenda for India
IPCS Discussion
Special Report 155

Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Prescriptions and Perspectives
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 154

Global Nuclear Materials Security: Perspectives from India
IPCS Discussion
Special Report 153

Nuclear Security Summit 2014 and Beyond: An Agenda for India
IPCS Policy Brief
Special Report 152

China, Indian Ocean & the Nuclear Deterrence: The Destabilizing Effect
Sahil Mathur
Issue Brief 245

Nuclear Materials Security: An Assessment of the NTI Index 2014
PR Chari
Issue Brief 244

India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race
IPCS Debate
Special Report 142

Towards a New Asian Security Architecture?: India and Japan
Rajaram Panda
Issue Brief 223

Indian Perspectives: A New Security Architecture for the Gulf
Ranjit Gupta
Issue Brief 218

The North Korean Threat: More Bark Than Bite
Rajaram Panda
Issue Brief 209

Dual Use or Proliferation?: Chinas Janus Face
Martin de Laverne
Issue Brief 197

Undermining Deterrence?: The Non State Actors and Indias Nuclear Doctrine
Tanvi Kulkarni and Alankrita Sinha
Issue Brief 196

IPCS Review: NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index
Tanvi Kulkarni et al
Special Report 128

Iran and the Nuclear Conundrum: A War in Waiting?
J Jeganaathan
Issue Brief 195

Afghanistan & the International Community: Limitations of Engagement
Aryaman Bhatnagar
Issue Brief 194

NSP Quarterly:
The programme aims to promote research on security issues related to nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological weapons. As a part of its activities, the programme publishes articles, interviews, issue briefs, special reports, etc.
NSP Faculty:
Prof PR Chari
Visiting Professor
Maj Gen (Retd) Dipankar Banerjee
Mentor
Dr D Suba Chandran
Director
Ruhee Neog
Senior Research Officer
Shreya Upadhyay
Research Intern
Dr Amit Gupta
Visiting Fellow
Prof Varun Sahni
Member, Executive Committee
Prof R Rajaraman
Distinguished Fellow
 
Supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Washington DC
 
 

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