India’s nuclear profile, doctrine, and practices have evolved rapidly since the country’s nuclear breakout in 1998. However, the outside world’s understanding of India’s doctrinal debates, forward-looking strategy, and technical developments are still two decades behind the present. India and Nuclear Asia fills that gap in our knowledge by focusing on the post-1998 evolution of Indian nuclear thought, its arsenal, the triangular rivalry with Pakistan and China, and New Delhi’s nonproliferation policy approaches. Authors Yogesh Joshi and Frank O’Donnell show how India’s nuclear trajectory has evolved in response to domestic, regional, and global drivers.
The Stimson Center hosted a panel discussion marking the launch of this timely volume. The authors—Yogesh Joshi, MacArthur Nuclear Security Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Frank O’Donnell, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College’s National Security Affairs Department and Stimson Center South Asia Program Nonresident Fellow —were joined on the panel by Lt. Gen. Balraj Nagal (Retd), Former Commander-in-Chief of Indian Strategic Forces Command, and Dr. Caroline Milne, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses. Sameer Lalwani, Director of the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, moderated the discussion.
The Asia Strategy Initiative (ASI) is a joint effort by Stimson’s East, Southeast, and South Asia Program to feature regional perspectives on the shifting strategic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region. By introducing expert analysis, ASI seeks to facilitate dialogues and develop pragmatic solutions for strategic, political, and economic challenges that the region faces.
Dr. Yogesh Joshi, MacArthur Nuclear Security Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
Dr. Frank O’Donnell, Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Security Affairs Department, U.S. Naval War College & Nonresident Fellow, Stimson Center’s South Asia Program
Lt. Gen. Balraj Nagal (Retd.), Former Commander-in-Chief of Indian Strategic Forces Command
Dr. Caroline Milne, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses
Dr. Sameer Lalwani, Senior Fellow & Director of the South Asia Program, Stimson Center