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  • Rajiv Nayan

    Senior Research Associate
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Dr Rajiv Nayan is Senior Research Associate at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. He has been working with the Institute since 1993, where he specialises in international relations, security issues, especially the politics of nuclear disarmament, export control, non-proliferation, and arms control. He was Visiting Research Fellow at Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo, where he published his monograph “Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia”. He was also Senior Researcher at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Center on International Cooperation (CIC), New York University. He holds a PhD and a Master of Philosophy in Disarmament Studies and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In his doctoral dissertation, he studied the implications of Missile Technology Control Regime for Indian security and economy.

    Dr Nayan has published books as well as papers in academic journals and as chapters in books. His single-authored book Global Strategic Trade Management has been published by Springer in 2019. His edited book The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and India was published by Routledge in 2012.

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    • Export Controls and India, CSSS Occasional Papers 1/2013, King's Colloge, London.
    • Limited Wars in South Asia: Against the Nuclear Backdrop, Defence and Security Alert, January 2012
    • "The Relevance of Sanctions in the Contemporary International System: An Indian Perspective," in Greg Mills & Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, eds., New Tools for Reform and Stability? Sanctions, Conditionalities and Conflict Resolution (SAAIA, 2004).
    • "India and the Missile Technology Control Regime," in Amitabh Mattoo, ed., India's Nuclear Deterrent: Pokhran and Beyond (Har-Anand Publishers, New Delhi, 1998).
    • Non-Proliferation Issues in South Asia, Occasional Paper 32 (Japan Institute of International Affairs, March 2005).
    • "Trends of the Missile Technology Control Regime," Strategic Analysis, September 1998.
    • "Chemical Weapons Convention: The Challenges Ahead," Strategic Analysis, March 1998.

    Other publications

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    • India’s track record as a responsible nuclear weapon country is reflected in its policy of nuclear restraint.

      May 11, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the New START complicates efforts to revive arms control negotiations.

      March 02, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Drones are increasingly proving their relevance in a number of areas, including military. These unmanned systems could also have utility for different missions relating to nuclear science and technology. Although drones have demonstrated their usefulness in radiation monitoring in 1940s, yet their role as delivery vehicles is being debated. The weight, range, speed and endurance factors make a nuclear weapon country to prefer missiles and bombers. Technology is progressing very fast, and drones are taking advantage of the rapid developments in new technologies.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The parties involved in the Ukraine–Russia conflict should privilege nuclear risk avoidance measures rather than indulge in nuclear sabre-rattling.

      September 23, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Export controls or strategic trade technology control has been used as a significant tool to impose sanctions on Russia, for its military operations in Crimea and Ukraine.

      August 30, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan’s article ‘A Changing Vietnam’ has been published by Blitz India on 15 August 2022.

      Over the years, Vietnam has emerged as a significant beneficiary of the shifting of business away from China. Several Western companies are creating their production bases in Vietnam, says Dr Nayan.

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      August 15, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan’s article on the Exit strategy for Putin has been published in ‘Hastkshep’, Rashtriya Sahara, on 05 March 2022.

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      March 05, 2022
      IDSA News
    • The recently issued joint statement by P-5 countries on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms race, does not seem to go beyond the routine statements made in the past. The NPT member countries demanding concrete steps on nuclear disarmament will have to wait for more time.

      January 31, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Rajiv Nayan’s article ‘Drones and India's Security’ was published in Borderline 2021, a Border Security Force (BSF) Journal.

      January 13, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Although the ideas of nuclear arms control, nuclear security and nuclear disarmament have featured in several US official statements and joint statements with other countries, will US adopt the ‘No First Use’ policy, remains to be seen.

      December 28, 2021
      IDSA Comments