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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
Three Years of the Modi Government
Civil Nuclear Energy Initiatives

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

Three Years of the Modi Government
Indian Nuclear Policy and Diplomacy

Dr Manpreet Sethi considers the government's initiatives and performance in the nuclear field

IPCS Discussion
The Roles and Dimensions of Science and Technology in India’s Foreign Policy

The transcript of  the talk delivered by Dr V Siddhartha at IPCS on 18 May 2017

Strategic Space
New NPR: Can It Break New Ground?

Dr Manpreet Sethi recommends political dialogue and a downplaying of military might to tackle the current slew of challenges

East Asia Compass
Trump’s North Korea Policy: Regional Implications

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers regional perspectives on the US administration’s approach towards North Korea

The Strategist
The Value of a Declared No First Use Nuclear Policy

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar provides a global overview of nuclear doctrinal committments

Strategic Space
US-North Korea Military Swashbuckling and China's Role

Dr Manpreet Sethi cautions against the risks of the evolving scenario, not least from inadvertent escalation as a result of incidents or accidents

India's Nuclear Doctrine and Strategy
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra weighs in on the recent debate on the possible evolution of Indian nuclear strategy

Strategic Space
Nuclear Ban Treaty Conference and Universal Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Manpreet Sethi looks at the limitations of the proposed conference

IPCS Discussion
'Faith, Unity, Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan'

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 January 2017

Strategic Space
Forecast 2017: Unclear Nuclear Pathways

Dr Manpreet Sethi examines the global nuclear issues that are likely to grab President Trump's attention this year

East Asia Compass
Japan-China Contestation in 2017

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reviews the Tokyo-Beijing bilateral and identifies the potential trajectory the relationship in 2017

India-Pakistan
Line (Out) of Control?

Joy Mitra argues that risks to general stability in the region remain entrenched in the dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict and that it could lead to an uncontrollable conflict trajectory

Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Energy Policy: Bottlenecks to Implementation

Niharika Tagotra argues that India's legislative-regulatory mechanism is inadequate for its ambitious nuclear energy programme

IPCS Discussion
IPCS-Stimson Center Roundtable on South Asia

Angshuman Choudhury and Roshan Iyer report on the proceedings of the discussion held on 08 December 2016

Strategic Space
Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that brinksmanship strategies that appear to be working raise the salience of nuclear weapons and increase their attraction for proliferation

US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and East Asia

Dr Sandip Mishra examines the details of Trump’s contradictory campaign promises vis-à-vis the East Asian region

The Strategist
The Catechism of a Minister

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the significance of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks on India's no first use (NFU) policy

 
NSP Calendar
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
Global Nuclear Materials Security: An Agenda for India
6 March 2014 , 1030-1300 hrs
Global Nuclear Materials Security
28 February 2014 , 1030-1300 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.
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


East Asia Compass
What is the Efficacy of Sanctions on North Korea?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the impact of the instrument in bringing about changes in the regime's provocative behaviour


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.
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


East Asia Compass
What is the Efficacy of Sanctions on North Korea?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the impact of the instrument in bringing about changes in the regime's provocative behaviour


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
 
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