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For a clear nuclear doctrine

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CASI has been delighted to host Former Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad as a Visiting Scholar this spring. Read Mr. Prasad’s recent article in The Hindu, “For a clear nuclear doctrine”, on India’s nuclear policy and how it has transformed over the years.

Former Amb. Jayant Prasad

Former Amb. Jayant Prasad

“For India, nuclear deterrence is defensive and a means to secure its sovereignty and security. Its strategy of assured retaliation, combined with “no first use,” provides adequate guarantee for this purpose. The strategy was unveiled concurrently with its 1998 nuclear tests, which ended the determined U.S. bid to prevent India from acquiring nuclear deterrent. Ironically, India’s nuclear weapons tests, together with the rapid expansion of its economy, transformed its global outlook and relations with the U.S. and the world.” Continue reading..

Will the next government in New Delhi have new answers to old foreign policy challenges?

 Prasad joined C. Raja Mohan, and Ashley J. Tellis last week in a discussion on this important question. The discussion, posted below, took place at an April 28th event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in conjunction with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations on the future of India’s foreign policy after the election.

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