Bharat Karnad

Bharat Karnad is an emeritus professor in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi and a national security expert.[1][2] He is the author of India's Nuclear Policy[3] (Praeger, 2008), Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy[4] (Macmillan India, 2002, 2005) and author-editor of Future Imperilled: India's Security in the 1990s and Beyond (Viking-Penguin India, 1994).[5]

Bharat Karnad participating the 2019 Yushan Forum held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Former Indian Vice-president Ansari at the release of India’s Nuclear Policy written by Bharat Karnad in 2008

Early life and careerEdit

He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received a Masters in political science from University of California, Los Angeles in 1975.[6] Karnad served as a Member of the National Security Advisory Board, National Security Council, Government of India,[7] and Member of the Nuclear Doctrine Drafting Group,[8] and formerly Advisor, Defense Expenditure to the Finance Commission, India.[9] He has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, and The Stimson Center in Washington.[10] He is frequently contacted by the Indian government and the Indian military for policy suggestions.[11] He is also a regular lecturer at the highest military training institutions and forums and conducts an annual Strategic Nuclear Orientation Course for senior armed forces officers for the Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence.[12]

His latest books include Why India is not a Great Power (Yet) published by Oxford University Press in 2015[13] and Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India's Global Ambition published by Penguin India in 2018[14] in which he takes issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy with respect to Pakistan.[15][16]


  1. ^ Sehgal, Rashme (22 July 2020). "'Limited war is the only option with China'". Rediff. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Obama Visit to Cement Strategic Partnerships with India". NTDTV. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Indian hydrogen bomb was a dud". India Today. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Kalam was eased out as adviser to Fernandes". The Times of India. 22 June 2002. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  5. ^ Tellis, Ashley J. (2001). India's emerging nuclear posture: between recessed deterrent and ready arsenal. Rand Corporation. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-8330-2781-8.
  6. ^ "Bharat Karnad". Centre for Policy Research. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ "LoC is elastic -- Security advisor". The Indian Express. 19 June 1999. Archived from the original on 25 January 2005. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  8. ^ "India Releases Nuclear Doctrine, Looks to Emulate P-5 Arsenals". Arms Control Today. Arms Control Association. July–August 1999. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  9. ^ Sisodia, N. S.; Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar (2005). Emerging India: security and foreign policy perspectives. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. p. 75. ISBN 978-81-86019-51-1.
  10. ^ "Bharat Karnad". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  11. ^ Dorschner, Jon (February 2016). "Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)". American Diplomacy. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  12. ^ "About". Security Wise. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Crouching dragon, kneeling tiger". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Staggering Forward". Penguin India. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Hindutva & India's neighbours". Indian Express. 22 December 2018.
  16. ^ "'Staggering Forward-Narendra Modi and India's Global Ambition' review: Foreign policy in a hurry". The Hindu. 8 September 2018.

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