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Yogesh Joshi
New Delhi

Bio: I am currently a Nuclear Security Post-Doctoral Fellow at Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University. My research is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. At CISAC, I will be finishing a book manuscript on the history of India's nuclear submarine program. My research traces the origins, process and development of India's nuclear submarine program using multi-archival sources and extensive oral history interviews. This data-driven research posits that India’s nuclear submarine program was riddled with shifting motivations, ambivalent rationales and halting progress. Rather than being driven by a single coherent strategic plan, India stumbled upon a submarine-based nuclear deterrent. By situating the nuclear submarine program in India’s Cold War security policy, its nuclear policy, its naval strategy in the Indian Ocean, the bureaucratic politics of its military-scientific complex and its quest for technological prestige, this research is an attempt to understand path-dependency in one of India’s most secretive military-scientific programs. It not only has implications for explaining India's nuclear program and policy but also provides an avenue to explain the process of decision-making behind state's pursuance of specific kinds of nuclear delivery systems. Prior to joining CISAC as a Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, I was an Associate Fellow in the Strategic Studies Program at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. I recently received my PhD from Center for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. My PhD research investigated the interaction between international political structures and domestic political ideologies in the making of Indian foreign policy with special emphasis on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government, 1998-2004. Prof. Rajesh Rajagapalan was my thesis supervisor. The thesis was externally reviewed by Dr. C. Raja Mohan and Dr. Srinath Raghavan. In spring 2013, I was a fellow at the Rising Powers Initiative of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University. For the academic year 2013-14, I was awarded an International PhD Partnering Fellowship at King’s College London by the United Kingdom Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC). In 2014, the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College awarded me (along with two other colleagues from King's College London) an external research grant to study the evolution of India’s nuclear weapons program and doctrine. In June 2015, I was affiliated with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a visiting fellow. My research has appeared or is under review in Asian Security, International History Review, International Affairs, Survival, US Naval War College Review, Comparative Strategy, Harvard Asia Quarterly, India Review, Asia Policy, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, War on the Rocks, World Politics Review and the Diplomat. I am a co-author of two books: The US ‘Pivot’ and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia's Emerging Balance of Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and India in Nuclear Asia: Regional Forces, Perceptions and Policies (Orient Blackswan (South Asia) forthcoming 2017; also being reviewed by Georgetown University Press for North America). A short introduction on India’s Nuclear Policy was recently commissioned by the Oxford University Press and is currently under review. A monograph titled 'India’s Evolving Nuclear Force and Implications for U.S. Strategy in the Asia-Pacific' was published by the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College in 2016.

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