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Dr. Arun Vishwanathan Profile

Associate Professor

Centre for Security Studies, School of National Security Studies


  • Ph.D. in International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Areas of Interests/Specialization

  • Nuclear Deterrence and Strategy
  • Strategic Capabilities in India's Neighbourhood .
  • National Security Decision Making.
  • India's Defence Ecosystem .
  • Higher Defence Management.


  • Assistant Professor, Dept of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
  • Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
  • Assistant Director, National Security Council Secretariat, Govt. of India.
  • Associate Fellow, Indian Pugwash Society, New Delhi

Awards & Honours

  • Member, International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, United Kingdom.
  • Member, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
  • Member, International Network of Emerging Nuclear Specialists (INENS), London, United Kingdom.
  • Associate Member, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.
  • Associate Member, United Services Institute (USI), New Delhi.

Best Peer Reviewed Publications

    Journal Articles

  • "Iranian Nuclear Agreement: Understanding the Nonproliferation Paradigm," Journal of Contemporary Review of Middle East, Vol. 3, No. 1, April 2016, pp. 3-22..
  • "Indian Defence R&D: Transitioning from 'Make in India' to 'Made in India'," Synergy: Journal of Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, CENJOWS, Vol. 7, No. 2, December 2015, pp. 45-62. .
  • "Pakistan's Nasr/Hatf-IX missile: Challenges for Indo-Pak Deterrence," Strategic Analysis, Vol. 38, No. 4, July 2014, 444-448.
  • "IAEA Safeguards: Evolution and Current Status," International Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 6, No.1, Jan-June 2013, pp. 129-146.

Reccent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books

  • Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa, Eds., Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics, New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013, ISBN: 978-81-8274-723-4.
  • Rajaram Nagappa, Arun Vishwanathan and Aditi Malhotra, Hatf-IX/ NASR - Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapon: Implications for Indo-Pak Deterrence, Bangalore: National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2013, ISBN: 978-81-87663-79-9.
  • Kaveri Ashok, Arun Vishwanathan, S. Chandrashekar, LV Krishnan, Lalitha Sundaresan, and Rajaram Nagappa, Workshop Summary: Advanced techniques in environmental monitoring, Bangalore: National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2016, NIAS Report R39-2016, ISBN: 978-93-83566-22-8

International Collaboation/Consultancy

  • Collaborated with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C. to organize the "Young Scholars Workshop on Strategic Issues" at the Central University of Gujarat, November 2017.
  • "Complex Deterrence in Southern Asia" Workshop on "Nuclear Stability at Low Numbers: The South Asian Challenge," Cornell University, Washington DC, May 2-3, 2016.
  • "North Korean 2016 Nuclear Test and Evolving Space and Missile Capabilities," India-Japan Workshop, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo, March 17, 2016.

Patents (If any)

  • Not Available