Books, other publications

  • Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet), published by Oxford University Press, October 2015.
  • Strategic Sellout: Indian-U.S. Nuclear Deal co-authored with P.K. Iyengar, A.N. Prasad, and A. Gopalakrishnan [New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2009]
  • India’s Nuclear Policy [Westport, CN, & London: Praeger Security International, 2008; South Asian edition published by Pentagon Press, 2009]
  •  Nuclear Weapons & Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy, 2nd edition [New Delhi, etc: Macmillan India, 2005]
  • Nuclear Weapons & Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy [New Delhi, etc: Macmillan India, 2002]
  • Future Imperilled: India’s Security in the 1990s and Beyond [New Delhi: Viking Penguin, 1994], author-editor

Some of the books are available at the usual sites, such as,  and, and all of the above books are available at (which has a comprehensive  listing of Indian and foreign book sellers).

Chapters in international and national anthologies:

  • ‘An Elephant with a Small “Footprint”: The Realist Roots of India’s Strategic Thought and Policies’ in Kanti Bajpai, Saira Basit, and V. Krishnappa, eds., India’s Grand Strategy: History, Theory, Cases [Abingdon, UK, and New Delhi: Routledge, 2014], 200-233.
  • ‘Scaring up Scenarios: An Introduction’ in Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd) and Monika Chonsoria, eds., Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Conflict Redux [Centre for Land Warfare Studies and KW Publishers Pvt Ltd., 2014], 1-18.
  • ‘The Cultural Context of Moralpolitik: The Traditional Indian Statecraft, Mahatma Gandhi and the Atom Bomb’ in Kanti J. Bajpai and Harsh V. Pant, eds., India’s National Security: A Reader [New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013],
  • ‘Strategic and Nuclear Balancing of China in the Asia-Pacific’ in Major General ( Retd) Y.K. Gera, ed., Peace and Stability in Asia-Pacific Region: Assessment of the Security Architecture [New Delhi: USI and Vij Books, 2012], 54-67.
  • ‘Pre-empting and Preventing Nuclear Terrorism’ in Maroof Raza, ed., Confronting Terrorism [New Delhi: Viking-Penguin, 2009], 154-178.
  •  ‘Security and Sovereignty’ in Hans Gunter Brauch, Ursula Oswald Spring, P.H.   Liotta, et al, eds., Globalization and Environmental Challenges: Reconceptualizing Security in the 21st Century , Vol. 3/Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace [Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Verlag Springer, 2008], pp. 421-430.
  • ‘South Asia: The Irrelevance of Classical Nuclear Deterrence Theory’ in E. Sridharan ed., The India-Pakistan Nuclear Relationship: Theories of Deterrence and International Relations [New Delhi & Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2007], pp. 83-128
  • ‘The India-United States Rapprochement, the Nuclear Deal, and Indian National Interest’ in Prakash Nanda, ed., Rising India: Friends and Foes [New Delhi & Olympia Fields, IL: Lancer,  2007], pp. 229-263.
  • ‘Vision, Conviction, Strategy, and Will: The Four Deficits in India’s Foreign-Military Policy’ in Manmohan Malhoutra, ed., India: The Next Decade [New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust and Academic Foundation, 2006], 493-500.
  • ‘Shaping the Indian Special Forces into a Strategic Asset’ in Lt. Gen. Vijai Oberoi, ed., Special Forces: Doctrine, Structures and Employment Acros the Spectrum of Conflict in the Indian Context [Centre for Land Warfare Studies & Knowledge World, 2006], pp. 235-248
  •  ‘The Indian Nuclear Paradigm’ in Imtiaz Alam, ed., Security and Nuclear Stabilisation in South Asia’, Sapana: South Asian Studies, Volume VII [Lahore: Free Media Foundation, 2006], pp.104-129.
  • ‘Minorities, Terrorism, and Democratic Politics’ in Current Domestic Policy Challenges and Prospects for South Asia [Islamabad: Institute of Regional Studies, 2006], pp 145-170
  • ‘Firming up the Critical Capability Triad: Strategic Muscle, Sub-Conventional Punch, and IT-enabled Network Centricity and Electro-Magnetic Warfare Clout’ in Lt. Gen. Vijai Oberoi, ed., Army 2020: Shape, Size, Structure and General Doctrine for Emerging Challenges [ Centre for Land Warfare Studies and Knowledge World, 2005], pp. 235-254.
  •  ‘India’s Future Plans and Defence Requirements’ in N.S. Sisodia & C. Uday Bhaskar eds., Emerging India: Security and Foreign Policy Perspectives’[ New Delhi: Institute for Defence Studies & Aanlyses & Promilla & Co., Publishers, 2005], pp. 61-76.
  • ‘Demilitarization of LoC: Negative Strategic Ramifications’ in P.M. Kamath, ed., India-Pakistan Relations: Courting Peace from the Corridors of War [New Delhi: VPM’s Centre for International Studies, Mumbai, & Romilla & Co., 2005], pp.269-277.
  • ‘India’s Force Planning Imperative: The Thermonuclear Option’ in D.R. Sardesai & Raju G. C. Thomas, eds., Nuclear India in the Twenty-First Century [New York: Palgrave, 2002], pp. 105-138.
  • ‘India’s Place in the World: Democratic Peace, Raison d’etat, and Cooperative Security’ in M.L. Sondhi, ed., Democratic Peace: The Foreign Policy Implications [New Delhi: Indian Council of Social Science Research & Har-Ananad Publications, 2000], pp.11-50.
  • ‘India’s Posture’ in M.L. Sondhi, ed., Nuclear Weapons and India’s National Security [New Delhi: Indian Council of Social Science Research & Har-Anand Publications, 2000], pp. 111-113.
  • ‘A Thermonuclear Deterrent’ in Amitabh Mattoo, ed., India’s Nuclear Deterrent: PisPokhran II and Beyond [New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications,  1999], pp. 108-149.

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