Dr. Arun Vishwanathan Profile

Dr. Arun Vishwanathan

Associate Professor,

Centre for Security Studies,


Dr. Arun Vishwanathan is Associate Professor of Security Studies, School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune) and at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Prior to joining NIAS, he held the position of Assistant Director in the National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India. He also worked as Associate Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society, IDSA Campus, New Delhi. He is also member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, the United Services Institution of India (USI) New Delhi and the Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.



  • 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, Advanced techniques in environmental monitoring, Bangalore: National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2016, NIAS Report R39-2016.

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

  • “Understanding Nuclear Proliferation: A Theoretical Analysis,” Liberal Studies Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, January-June 2016, pp. 111-120.

  • "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.

  • “Tel Aviv and Pretoria’ Nuclear Tango,” International Politics, Vol. 4, No. VIII, Summer & Autumn 2011, Tehran, pp. 21-39.

  • “2011 Libyan Disclosures: ‘Take-away’ for CWC verification,” CBW Magazine: Journal of Chemical and Biological Weapons, Vol. 5, no. 1, January-June 2012, pp. 17-22.

  • “Verification of the FMCT: Lessons from IAEA, OPCW and CTBTO,” CBW Magazine: Journal of Chemical and Biological Weapons, Vol. 1, no. 3, April-June 2008, pp. 3-7.

Papers Presented at Conferences (Select)

  • "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.

  • “Nuclear Asia: Current Dynamics and Challenges,” in International Conference on Asia-Pacific: 70 Years after the War, November 24, 2015, ICRIER, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, November 24, 2015.

  • “New Issues in Arms Control and Space,” in International Conference on India’s Perspectives on Arms Control and Disarmament: Seeking Security through Cooperation, Indian Institute of Advanced Studis, (IIAS), Shimla, May 18-20, 2015.

  • “Nuclear Dynamics in Southern Asia,” (with Prof S. Chandrashekar), IPCS-NIAS Young Scholars Workshop, NIAS, Bangalore, May 5, 2015.

  • “Evolution of Missile Technologies in India” (co-authored with Prof. Rajaram Nagappa), Nuclearisation of South Asia: Implications for India’s National Security, Jawaharlal Nehru University, March 27, 2015.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Full Member – International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, United Kingdom.

  • Member - Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

  • Full Member - International Network of Emerging Nuclear Specialists (INENS), London, United Kingdom.

  • Associate Member – Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.