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Assessing Indian Nuclear Attitudes: An SAV Visiting Fellow Working Paper

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The South Asian Voices (SAV) Visiting Fellowship brings on a biannual basis rising analysts from India and Pakistan to Washington, DC for a one-month residency at the Stimson Center. During their time in Washington, fellows develop a research project, meet with leading scholars and policymakers, and publish articles in different venues. This unique program exposes the next generation of Indian and Pakistani strategic thinkers to the Washington policy community while strengthening cross-border networks in South Asia.

Aditi Malhotra was an SAV Visiting Fellow in Winter 2016. Assessing Indian Nuclear Attitudes is a product of her fellowship experience. The working paper seeks to expand upon the limited scholarship exploring the nexus of Indian public attitudes and nuclear issues. It also includes extensive analysis of extant polls and surveys on these topics.

Aditi Malhotra is a Ph.D Candidate at the Graduate School of Politics, University of Münster, Germany. Previously, she was a Senior Research Fellow in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). Prior to joining NIAS, Aditi was an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi. She was also the Editor of Scholar Warrior, a biannual journal published by CLAWS. Aditi holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Sheffield with a dissertation concentrating on “Nuclear Security: The Case of Pakistan.” Her areas of interest include security Issues related to South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region, nuclear proliferation and security, and changing trends in conflict.

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