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"Is India Shifting to a Nuclear Counterforce Strategy?"* Presented by Prof. Vipin Narang – MIT

When: Monday, May 22, 2017
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Central

Where: Scott Hall, ROOM #212, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free. Lunch Provided by the best deep dish Pizza vendor

Contact: J. "FRANKY" Matisek   719.648.0141

Group: War & Society Working Group (Buffett Institute)

Category: Lectures & Meetings


*Expect this to be a controversial presentation since Prof. Narang is essentially telling us that the democratic state of India has basically decided to shift towards a nuclear first-strike policy against Pakistan. Think about the last time you heard of a democracy deciding to use nuclear weapons first...


Vipin Narang is Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.

His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. His work has been published in several journals including International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly,and International Organization.

Location: Ripton Room (#212) at Scott Hall (political science department)

Date/Time: 22 May 2017, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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