Heather Byrne

Former Research Associate (Former)

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Heather Byrne is a former Research Associate with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center where she manages the Nuclear Learning initiative. She recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in New Delhi, where she conducted archival and interview research on India’s China policy. Her research interests include conventional and nuclear deterrence, Indo-Pacific strategy, and civil war. She completed her MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford, receiving a distinction on her thesis examining the non-use of intelligence in U.N. Peacekeeping Operations. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.

Research & Writing

Policy Paper
Great Expectations: Asking Too Much of the US-India Strategic Partnership

After India re-elected Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in May 2019 in a landslide victory, President Trump congratulated him, tweeting that “great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm.” In June, Assist…

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The Elephant in the Room: Auditing the Past and Future of the U.S.-India Partnership by Sameer Lalwani and Heather Byrne

Optimism has steadied U.S.-India relations for more than a decade. Recently, security scholars and regional analysts have lauded India as “the Trump Administration’s foreign policy bright spot” and “a central partner in U.S. efforts to balance rising C…

Policy Paper
The Quad: Alliance or Alignment?

WITH the third meeting within a year of the quadrilateral security dialogue, or ‘Quad’, between officials from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, bullish analysis suggests the Quad is a formation that is evolving but enduring. After weathe…

Secessionism in African Politics

Secessionism perseveres as a complex political phenomenon in Africa, yet often a more in-depth analysis is overshadowed by the aspirational simplicity of pursuing a new state. Using historical and contemporary approaches, this edited volume offers the…

20 Years After Pokhran-II: Have Nuclear Weapons Made India More Secure?

In May 1998, India detonated five nuclear devices in the Thar Desert, crossing the threshold from a nuclear-capable to a nuclear-armed state. Indian Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee authorized the tests, fulfilling the Bharatiya Janata Party’s long-time pl…

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