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Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19: Lessons from the US in the Second World War

By Sarthak Pradhan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Pranav R. Satyanath Download the Discussion Document in PDF This document studies the rapid expansion of industrial capacity in the US during the Second World War to derive lessons for India’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It provides insights on ramping up...

All Things Policy: How Russia Plans for Nuclear War

What does Russia’s new document on nuclear deterrence say about how it thinks about the ultimate weapon? Does Russia have a policy of escalate to de-escalate? Aditya Ramnathan and Pranav RS talk to Olya Oliker to find out more. Russia’s Document on Basic Principles of Nuclear Deterrence: https://bit.ly/2BcOxJW Moscow’s Nuclear Enigma: https://fam.ag/3d5EcMZ...

Going Private: The Crew Dragon launch and lessons for India

Activities in space never sleep. Satellites continue to orbit the Earth; telescopes gaze at distant heavenly bodies and astronauts carry on with their experiments in the International Space Station. In the backdrop of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the world is set to witness the beginning of a new...

All Things Policy: Improving India’s Testing Capacity

With barely 300 tests per million people, India, the world’s most populous country, has a long way to go before it has a clear picture of the way COVID-19 is spreading. Dr. Shambhavi Naik joins Anirudh Kanisetti to unpack the bottlenecks in the availability of testing kits and their deployment...

All Things Policy: Going Conventional

The death of nuclear arms control seems imminent. But what about conventional arms? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS talk to Dr. Ulrich Kühn about the history of conventional arms control and its impact on European security. Dr Kühn’s publications: http://ulrichkuehn.com/Publications/ “Our foreign and security policy must never...

India as Nuclear Weapon State is Now a Young Adult, Its Nuclear Policy Needs to Grow Up

India’s status as a nuclear power has reached adulthood. At the age of 22, it was continued to maintain its long-standing posture of no-first use (NFU. However, confusing and contradictory statements by high-ranking officials only thwart the objectives that India set for itself when it became a nuclear power, thus...

All Things Policy: How MAD Was the Cold War?

Many accounts of the Cold War accept the theory of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). But did leaders and policymakers actually believe in MAD? And if they did, why did they engage in dangerous arms races? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS talk to Dr. Brendan Rittenhouse Green about...

All Things Policy: The Shape of India’s Nuclear Arsenal

While India has a transparent nuclear doctrine, its nuclear arsenal is almost a black box to outsiders. Are India’s existing nuclear weapons sufficient to deter China? And does India need ICBMs at all? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS talk to Dr Frank O’Donnell, a scholar on strategic...

All Things Policy: NPT, Covid-19 and The Future

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty turned 50 this year. But its landmark review conference this year has been postponed because of the global pandemic. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS about treaty’s contested past and uncertain future.

All Things Policy: Ruling the World’s Islands

President Vladimir Putin is consolidating his power both internally and along Russia’s peripheries. Is there a method that underlies Moscow’s behaviour? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into the world of Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin and look at what it might tell us about Russian politics and strategy. Why didn’t...
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