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Rajesh Basrur is Professor of International Relations and Coordinator of the South Asia Programme at RSIS. He obtained MA and MPhil degrees in History from the University of Delhi and MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Bombay. Prior to joining RSIS in 2006, he was Director, Centre for Global Studies, Mumbai (2000-2006), and taught History and Politics at the University of Mumbai (1978-2000). He has engaged in advanced research at various institutions of higher learning in North America, Europe and Asia. His work focuses on South Asian security, global nuclear politics, and international relations theory. He has authored four books, including South Asia’s Cold War (Routledge, 2008), and Minimum Deterrence and India’s Nuclear Security (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has also edited nine books, including (with Bharat Gopalaswamy) India’s Military Modernization: Strategic Technologies and Weapons Systems (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); and (with Ajaya Kumar Das and Manjeet S. Pardesi) India’s Military Modernization: Challenges and Prospects (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has also published over 80 papers in various journals and edited volumes. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the domestic politics of India’s foreign and security policies.
Areas of Expertise
- Indian Foreign Policy
- South Asian Security
- The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
- International Relations Theory
Fellowships and Projects
Conference Fellowship, Conference on “South Asia in Transition,” Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Hull, August 19-26, 2011.
Conference Fellowship, Conference on “After the First Decade: The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia,” Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Hull, August 6-25, 2009.
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies/ S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, November 2006-October 2007.
~Project: “South Asia’s Cold War.”
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, October 2002-June 2003.
~Projects: “Nuclear Terrorism in South Asia”; and “India-Pakistan Confrontation, 2001-2002, and Its Implications for Nuclear Strategy.”
Visiting Research Scholar, The Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, May-September 2002.
~Project (with Hasan-Askari Rizvi): “Nuclear Terrorism and South Asia.”
Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, December 2001-March 2002.
~Project: “Defining A Stable Nuclear Regime for South Asia.”
Visiting Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC, September 2001-December 2001.
~Project: “Missile Defense: An Indian Perspective.”
Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Scholar Fellowship, 1995-96.
~Project: “US Nuclear Force Structure and Doctrine in the Post-Cold War Era.” Affiliation: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award Fellowship, 1994-95.
~Project: “Canada in the Post-Cold War Era: A Systems Framework.” Affiliation: Simon Fraser University.
University Grants Commission Junior Research Fellowship in History, University of Delhi, 1977-78.
Associate Editor, India Review.
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, “South Asia in World Affairs” Series, Georgetown University Press.
Member, International Board, “Asian Security Monograph Series,” Stanford University Press.
Member, Editorial Board, “Oxford International Relations in South Asia” series, Oxford University Press.
Member, Editorial Board, Defence Studies.
Reviewer for Major Book Publishers
- Brookings Institution Press
- Georgetown University Press
- Manchester University Press
- Oxford University Press
- Polity Press
Reviewer for Major Journals
- Cambridge Review of International Affairs
- Contemporary Security Policy
- Contemporary Southeast Asia
- International Security
- International Studies
- Pacific Affairs
- Strategic Analysis
MN25 | Demilitarising the State: The South and Southeast Asian Experience
07 September, 2012
MN17 | The 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks: Strategic Fallout
08 December, 2009
WP271 | Nuclear Deterrence: The Wohlstetter-Blackett Debate Re-visited
15 April, 2014
Nuclear Deterrence: The Wohlstetter-Blackett Debate Re-visited
15 April, 2014
India and China: Nuclear Rivalry in the Making
01 October, 2013
CO17130 | US-China: Competing Amidst Two Transitions
06 July, 2017
CO16171 | Status Politics: India, China and the Nuclear Suppliers Group
11 July, 2016
CO12074 | India’s Agni V Missile: Game Changer?
26 April, 2012
CO12049 | Indian Grand Strategy: Nonalignment Redux?
21 March, 2012
CO11151 | Pakistan, India and Kashmir: Will Nature force an Aceh Effect?
18 October, 2011
CO11065 | South Asia: Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Strategic Risk
27 April, 2011
CO10048 | Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia: Will it Enhance Human Security?
14 May, 2010
CO08090 | Climate, Food, and the New North-South Divide
25 August, 2008
CO08039 | The Nuclear Disarmament Bandwagon: Time for New Thinking?
26 March, 2008
CO07056 | The Threat of WMD Terrorism: ASEAN Needs to respond
06 June, 2007
CO07036 | Indian and the United States: Can the Nuclear Deal Hold?
03 May, 2007
CO06126 | India and China: Putting Economics First
14 December, 2006
- Basrur, Rajesh (with Kate Sullivan de Estrada). Rising India: Status and Power. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017.
- Basrur, Rajesh, Ajaya Kumar Das and Manjeet S. Pardesi, eds. India’s Military Modernization: Challenges and Prospects. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014
- Basrur, Rajesh M., ed. Challenges to Democracy in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Basrur, Rajesh. South Asia’s Cold War: Nuclear Weapons and Conflict in Comparative Perspective. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2008.
- Basrur, Rajesh M., and Mallika Joseph, eds., Reintroducing the Human Security Debate in South Asia. New Delhi: Samskriti Publishers, 2007.
- Basrur, Rajesh. Minimum Deterrence and India’s Nuclear Security. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006.Republished – Singapore: National University Press, 2009.
- Basrur, Rajesh M., ed. Security in the New Millennium: Views from South Asia. New Delhi: India Research Press, 2001.
- Basrur, Rajesh. India’s External Relations: A Theoretical Analysis. New Delhi: Commonwealth Publishers, 2000.
- Basrur, Rajesh M., ed. Perspectives on India’s Defence and Arms Control. Mumbai: Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, 1999.
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Bharat Gopalaswamy, eds. India’s Military Modernization: Strategic Technologies and Weapons Systems. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015.
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Koh Swee Lean, eds. Nuclear Power and Energy Security in Asia: Critical Debates. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Basrur, Rajesh, “India-Pakistan Relations: Between War and Peace,” in Engaging the World: India’s Foreign Policy since 1947, edited by Sumit Ganguly, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Explaining Foreign Policy Change: India in the Global System.” In The Engagement of India: Strategies and Responses, edited by Ian Hall. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “The Consequences of South Asia’s Nuclear Revolution.” in South Asia in Transition: Democracy, Political Economy and Security, edited by Bhumitra Chakma. Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Whither India’s Bomb? Motivational Models Revisited.” in South Asia in the Globalised World, edited by C. Vinodan. New Delhi: New Century Publishers, 2014.
- Basrur, Rajesh, Koh Swee Lean Collin and Chang Youngho. “Post-Fukushima: Whither Nuclear Energy.” in Nuclear Power and Energy Security in Asia: Critical Debates, edited by Rajesh Basrur and Koh Swee Lean (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Weapons and India’s National Security Strategy,” in Grand Strategy for India: 2020 and Beyond, edited by Krishnappa Venkatshamy and Princy George. New Delhi: Pentagon Security International, 2012.
- Basrur, Rajesh, Koh Swee Lean Collin and Kalyan Kemburi. “Nuclear Energy and Energy Security in Asia: Through the Human Security Lens.” in Nuclear Power and Energy Security in Asia: Critical Debates, edited by Rajesh Basrur and Koh Swee Lean. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Koh, Swee Lean, Collin; Rajesh Basrur, (eds.) Nuclear Power and Energy Security in Asia, Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series. London: Routledge, 2012.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “The Rise of China: An Indian Perspective,” in China and the Strategic Dynamics in East Asia: The Shaping of a New Regional Order, edited by Mingjiang Li and Dongmin Lee. Lexington, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Regional Power Development in a Space Thick with Competing Powers: India.” in Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics, edited by Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, Keith A. Grant and Ryan G. Baird. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Deterrence Thinking in Pakistan.” in International Relations Theory and South Asia, Vol II, edited by E. Sridharan. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Foreign Policy Reversal: The Politics of Sri Lanka’s Economic Relationship with India.” in International Relations Theory and South Asia, Vol I, edited by E. Sridharan. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Indian Perspectives on the Global Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.” in Unblocking the Road to Zero: China and India, edited by Barry M. Blechman and Alexander K. Bollfrass. Washington, DC: Henry L. Stimson Center, 2010.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Who’s Afraid of Missile Defence?.” in The Future of War and Peace in Asia, edited by N. S. Sisodia and S. Kalyanaraman. New Delhi: Magnum Books, 2010.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India-Pakistan Relations: Between War and Peace.” in Indian Foreign Policy, edited by Sumit Ganguly. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Weapons and Crisis Stability in South Asia.” in The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies, edited by Sumit Ganguly, Joseph Liow and Andrew Scobell. London: Routledge, 2010.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “The Lessons of Kargil as Learned by India.” in Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences of the Kargil Conflict, edited by Peter Lavoy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “The India-U. S. Nuclear Deal: Security Implications.” in Energy and Security Cooperation in Asia: Challenges and Prospects, edited by Christopher Len and Alvin Chew. Stockholm: institute for Security and Development Policy, 2009.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India: Security Challenges and Response.” in Towards Freedom in South Asia: Democratization, Peace and Regional Cooperation, edited by V. A. Pai Panandiker and Rahul Tripathi. New Delhi: Konark, 2008.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “NATO in a Changing World: An Indian Perspective.” in Emerging NATO: Challenges for Asia and Europe, edited by V. P. Malik and Jorg Schultz. New Delhi: Lancers, 2006.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India: Imbalance under Civilian Control.” in Global Politics of Defense Reform, edited by Thomas Bruneau and Harold Trinkunas. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India’s Nuclear Arsenal: Prospects for Enlargement.” in Nuclear Doctrines and Strategies: National Policies and International Security, edited by Mark Fitzpatrick, Alexander Nikitin and Sergey Oznobishchev. Amsterdam: IOS Press, in cooperation with NATO, 2008.
- Basrur, Rajesh.“Global Change, Security and India’s Role in the United Nations.” in Reforming and Restructuring the United Nations, edited by P. M. Kamath. New Delhi: Khama, 2007.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India-Pakistan Security Cooperation and the Prospects for a South Asian Security Community.” in Reconstructing South Asia: An Agenda, edited by Adluri Subramanya Raju. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 2007.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India’s Nuclear Policy since independence.” in A Military History of India and South Asia: From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era, edited by Daniel P. Marston and Chandar S. Sundaram. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007. Republished in paperback, Bloomington, in: Indiana University Press, 2008.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Reducing Nuclear Risks.” in Nuclear Weapons and Security. New Delhi: Delhi Policy Group, 2005.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “From Conflict to Cooperation: The Politics of Change in India-Pakistan Relations.” in India-Pakistan Relations: Courting Peace from the Corridors of War, edited by P. M. Kamath. New Delhi: Promilla & Co., 2005.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Coercive Diplomacy in A Nuclear Environment: The December 13 Crisis.” in Prospects for Peace in South Asia, edited by Rafiq Dossani and Henry S. Rowen. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India’s Escalation-Resistant Nuclear Posture,” in Escalation Control and the Nuclear Option in South Asia, edited by Michael Krepon, Rodney W. Jones and Ziad Haider. Washington, DC: Henry L. Stimson Center, 2004.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Missile Defense: An Indian Perspective.” in The Impact of Missile Defenses on Southern Asia, edited by Chris Gagné and Michael Krepon. Washington, DC: Henry L. Stimson Center, 2002. Reprinted in Nuclear Risk Reduction in South Asia, edited by Michael Krepon and Chris Gagné Chris Gagné. New Delhi: Vision Books, 2003.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Strategic Stability and the Evolution of India’s Nuclear Strategy.” in Nuclear Stability in Southern Asia, edited by P. R. Chari, Sonika Gupta and Arpit Rajain. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2003.
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Stephen P. Cohen. “Bombs in Search of a Mission: India’s Uncertain Nuclear Futures.” in South Asia in 2020: Future Strategic Balances and Alliances, edited by Michael R. Chambers. Carlisle Barracks, PA: U. S. Army War College, 2002.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Towards Democratization of Nuclear Policy.” in Revitalizing Indian Democracy, edited by Nawaz B. Mody, Kannamma Raman and Louis D’Silva, Mumbai: Allied Publishers, 2001.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Confidence-Building in the Post-Kargil Scenario.” in The Challenge of Confidence-Building in South Asia, edited by Moonis Ahmar. New Delhi: Har-Anand, 2001.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Optimising Nuclear Ambivalence: the VNS Option.” in India and the Emerging World Order: Foreign Policy and Security Perspectives, edited by Dilip H. Mohite and Amit Dholakia. Delhi: Kalinga Publications, 2001).
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Missile Defense: An Indian Perspective.” in A Maginot Line in the Sky: International Perspectives on Ballistic Missile Defense, edited by David Krieger and Carah Ong. Santa Barbara, CA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 2001.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Human Security, the State and Democracy in a Globalising World.” in Security in the New Millennium: Views from South Asia, edited by Rajesh M. Basrur. New Delhi: India Research Press, 2001.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India-US Relations: The Nuclear Proliferation Dimension.” in Peace and Cooperative Security in South Asia, edited by V. T. Patil and N. K. Jha. New Delhi: P. R. Publications, 2000.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Some Observations on Indian Strategic Culture.” in Nuclear India: Problems and Perspectives, edited by A. Subramanya Raju. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2000.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Indian Foreign Policy and International Relations Theory: A Post-neorealist View.” in India and World Affairs, edited by Usha Thakkar and Mangesh Kulkarni. Mumbai: Himalaya, 1999.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “US Nuclear Policy after the Cold War.” in A Mosaic of Encounters: India & USA: Literature, Society and Politics, edited by A.A. Mutalik-Desai, V. K. Malhotra, T.S. Anand, and Prashant K. Sinha. New Delhi: Creative Books, 1999.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India’s Nuclear Policy: The Need for Clear-Cut Ambivalence.” in Emerging International Order and Foreign Policy Options for India, edited by P. M. Kamath. Allahabad: Indian Academy of Social Sciences, 1999.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Indo-US Economic Relations: intellectual Property Rights.” in Indo-US Relations in the Nineties, edited by Vinay Kumar Malhotra. New Delhi: Anmol, 1995.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “The Global Impact of America’s Economic Decline: Theoretical Implications.” in Indian Perspectives on the US, edited by P. M. Kamath and A. A. Mutalik-Desai. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1993.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Whither Nonproliferation? Indo-US Relations under Carter and Reagan.” in Indo-US Relations, edited by P. M. Kamath. New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 1987.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India-Pakistan Rivalry: Endless Duel?” Asian Security (Online: 7 April 2017)
- Basrur, Rajesh, “Nuclear Stability and Polarity in Post-Cold War Asia,” Asia Policy 19 (2015).
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Ajaya Kumar Das, eds. Looking East in Defense: Perspectives on India-Southeast Asia Relations. India Review 12: 3 (2013).
- Basrur, Rajesh. “China, India and Pakistan: Models for an intermediate Stage toward Disarmament?.” Australian Journal of Foreign Affairs 67: 2 (2013):176-189.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Human Security in South Asia: Concept and Practice.” South Asian Journal 37(July-September 2012): 115-129.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Low-Profile Deterrence: Lessons from the Indian Experience.” RUSI Journal 156: 5 (2011): 38-43. Reprinted in Small Nuclear Forces: Five Perspectives, Whitehall Report 3-11, edited by Chalmers, Malcolm, Andrew Somerville and Andrea Berger. Royal United Services institute, London, 2011.
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Bommakanti Kartik. “The India-China Nuclear Relationship.” Strategic Analysis 35: 2 (March 2011):186-193.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “India and Disarmament.” Security Challenges 6: 4 (Summer 2010): 69-81.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Two Decades of Minimum Deterrence in South Asia: A Comparative Framework.” India Review 9: 3 (July 2010): 300-318.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Global Quest and Regional Reversal: Rising India and South Asia.” International Studies 47:2-4 (2010):267-284.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Weapons and India-Pakistan Relations,” and “Response to Dr. Quinlan’s Critique.” Strategic Analysis 33: 3 (May 2009): 336-344 and 347-348.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Scholarship on International Relations in India and Abroad.” International Studies 46:1-2 (2009): 89-108.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Theory for Strategy: Emerging India in a Changing World.” South Asian Survey 16: 1 (March 2009): 5-21.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Correspondence: Do Small Arsenals Deter?.” International Security 32: 3 (Winter 2007/08): 202-7.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Decentralising Theory: Regional International Politics.” International Studies 43: 4 (October 2006): 419-424.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Minimum Deterrence: Fundamentals and Policy Implications.” Indian Foreign Affairs Journal 1: 3 (July-September 2006): 63-71
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Command-and-Control and Strategic Politics in South Asia.” Contemporary South Asia 14: 2 (June 2005): 155-161.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “International Relations Theory and Minimum Deterrence.” India Review 4: 2 (April 2005):1-19. Republished with revisions in The India-Pakistan Nuclear Relationship: Theories of Deterrence and International Relations, edited by E. Sridharan. New Delhi and Abingdon: Routledge, 2007.
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Friedrich Steinhausler. “Nuclear and Radiological Threats for India: Risk Potential and Countermeasures.” Journal of Physical Security 1:1 (2004).
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Kargil, Terrorism, and India’s Strategic Shift.” India Review 1:4 (October 2002): 39-56.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Weapons and Indian Strategic Culture.” Journal of Peace Research 38: 2 (March 2001): 181-198.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Enduring Contradictions: Deterrence Theory and the Draft Nuclear Doctrine.” Economic and Political Weekly XXXV: 8 & 9 (September 26, 2000): 610-613.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “South Asia’s Persistent Cold War.” ACDIS Occasional Paper. Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (November 1996).
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Structure and interaction in the Global System.” International Studies 31: 4 (October-December 1994): 377-397.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Prospects for Indo-Pak Relations: A Realistic Assessment.” Strategic Analysis XII: 12 (March 1989): 1363-1377.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “1971 in Retrospect: A Reappraisal of Soviet Policy in South Asia.” International Studies 25:3 (July- September 1988): 241-257.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Theory of International Politics: The Limitations of Political Realism.” India Quarterly XLI: 2 (April-June 1985): 220-235.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Stability and Polarity in Post-Cold War Asia.” Asia Policy (forthcoming).
- “Strategic Stability and Low Numbers in Southern Asia” Project on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE), James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA & Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy Sam Nunn School of International Affairs Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, August 7, 2014
- “Deterrence, Second Strike and Credibility: Revisiting India’s Nuclear Strategy Debate” Issue Brief # 255, July 2014, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi <http://www.ipcs.org/pdf_file/issue/IB255-RajeshBasrur-IndiaNuclear.pdf>.
- Basrur, Rajesh. “Nuclear Politics in South Asia.” Occasional Paper, Series III, 5, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Pune, Pune, December 2005.
- Basrur, Rajesh, and Hasan-Askari Rizvi. “Nuclear Terrorism and South Asia.” Occasional Paper, 25, Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, February 2003.
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