Observer Research Foundation
Associate Fellow- Centre for Strategic Studies (Joined December 2016)
My research at ORF investigates the historical and contemporary linkages between India’s nuclear policy and its foreign policy. I am currently working on two research projects including a study of India’s approach to global nuclear non-proliferation regime and the interaction of India’s nuclear policy with its foreign policy in the case of Indo-US relations.
Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Project Fellow: Project on Nuclearisation of South Asia (August 2013-September 2015)
In March 2013, The Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) commissioned Prof. Rajesh Rajagopalan and Dr. Happymon Jacob a book project on the impact of nuclear weapons on India’s national security. The total financial grant for the project was Rs. 2.5 million ($ 45000 approx). The project was located at the Center for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- Actively participated in the preparation of the proposal submitted to ICSSR in January 2013.
- Overall functioning of the project including academic, administrative and financial management.
- Conceptualizing the structure of the book and necessary research assistance to the project directors.
- Contributing a chapter on the role of Nuclear Weapons in Indian Foreign Policy.
Center for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament,
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Teaching Assistant: International Politics Division (August 2012- March 2013).
- Graduate Course on Realism and World Politics.
- Graduate Course on Qualitative Research Methods including Philosophy of Sciences, Case Study Methods and Archival Research.
Office of Mr. Jaswant Singh, Member of Parliament
Former Defence and External Affairs Minister
Research Assistant: Book project on India’s national security (Oct 2011- March 2012)
Mr. Jaswant Singh is one of India’s foremost political personality and strategic thinker. He was the chairman of the planning commission when India conducted nuclear tests in 1998 and later took upon the mantle to improve relations with USA as Prime Minister’s special envoy to hold negotiations with Strobe Talbot. He also presided over as India’s foreign and defence minister.
- Helped conceptualizing the overall structure of the book.
- Prepared various reports on individual chapters for the book project.
- Collection of empirical data and analysis on India’s external security issues such as conventional military balance and nuclear deterrence.
- Visited various libraries in New Delhi for archival research and interviewed decision-makers for inputs on India’s national security.
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi
Research Officer: Nuclear Security Project (May-August 2010)
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies is one of India’s foremost think-tank focussing on India’s strategic concerns. It is also counted among top 30 think tanks in Asia. Its nuclear security project is funded by the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
- Produced articles and issue briefs for the nuclear security project.
- Reviewed classical deterrence literature for the IPCS website.
- Grant writing.
United Services Institute, New Delhi
Research Assistant: Project “India’s Comprehensive National Power” (January-March 2010)
The United Services Institute is India’s tri-services think tank conducting research and analysis on national security for India’s armed forces.
- Mathematical modeling of National Power Indices.
- Comparison of National Power Indices of various states in the international system.
- Collection and analysis of various statistical indicators of national power such as defence budgets, level of education, research and development in science and technology, GDP growth etc.