Articles By Manpreet Sethi

Limited Use of Nuclear Weapons: Political and Military Implications

Limited Use of Nuclear Weapons: Political and Military Implications

By: Manpreet Sethi | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 06 Jan , 2019

Among the many things nuclear that 2018 will be remembered for, the rather cavalier statements made by leaders in the US, Russia and North Korea on the utility of nuclear weapons certainly stand...

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Signalling with INS Arihant: Import of the Message and the Messenger

Signalling with INS Arihant: Import of the Message and the Messenger

By: Manpreet Sethi | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 27 Nov , 2018

The announcement on 5 November regarding the completion of the first deterrent patrol of India’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine (SSBN), the INS Arihant, has evoked three kinds of...

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Nuclear Security: The Focus Must Not Flag

Nuclear Security: The Focus Must Not Flag

By: Manpreet Sethi | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 24 Aug , 2018

The last few weeks have witnessed the release of at least three reports (1, 2, 3) on nuclear security. This is a welcome development since the import of this subject has in no way diminished...

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China and the Shape of the Indo-Pacific

China and the Shape of the Indo-Pacific

By: Manpreet Sethi | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 18 Jul , 2018

It is hardly surprising that China figures prominently in the idea of the Indo-Pacific. In fact, China’s behaviour and actions have provided the impetus and trigger for the revival of the...

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The Bomb Banned: By and For the NNWS, For Now

The Bomb Banned: By and For the NNWS, For Now

By: Manpreet Sethi | Date: 19 Sep , 2017

As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), popularly referred to as the Ban Treaty, opens for signature on 20 September 2017, it is most likely that it will garner the 50...

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Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

By: Manpreet Sethi | Date: 23 Jul , 2017

Recent videos from North Korea – or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – show their Supreme Commander of the Army, Kim Jong-un, chuckling away as he watches his country’s missile...

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Indian Nuclear Policy and Diplomacy

Indian Nuclear Policy and Diplomacy

By: Manpreet Sethi | Date: 02 Jul , 2017

Democracies often undergo swings in policies with change of governments. India’s nuclear policy, however, in both its dimensions – weapons and power generation – has enjoyed broad support across...

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India should not be Sucked into an Arms Race

India should not be Sucked into an Arms Race

By: Manpreet Sethi | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 12 Jan , 2017

India closed 2016 with the successful test of its long-range ballistic missile, the 5,000-km-range Agni V. The country heralded the New Year with the test of Agni IV, a ballistic missile with a...

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Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

By: Manpreet Sethi | Date: 24 Dec , 2016

Thomas Schelling, a noted nuclear strategist who passed away recently, explained brinkmanship as a strategy that “means manipulating the shared risk of war. It means exploiting the danger that...

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No Case for Simultaneous NSG Membership for India and Pakistan

No Case for Simultaneous NSG Membership for India and Pakistan

By: Manpreet Sethi | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Sep , 2016

In the midst of nearly daily attacks by home grown terrorists on its own populace, Pakistan found a moment of cheer when China engineered an unfavourable consideration of India’s case for...

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Pak's Nuclear 'Normality' through External Deals: Chasing a Chimera

Pak's Nuclear 'Normality' through External Deals: Chasing a Chimera

By: Manpreet Sethi | Date: 23 Mar , 2016

Several recent writings have recommended how Pakistan could and should be accommodated into the nuclear mainstream. Mark Fitzpatrick, a non-proliferation analyst at the IISS, London, had...

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