Michael KreponLearning About Nuclear South Asia

Two new sections are now ready for consumption of the Stimson Center’s free, open, online course, Nuclear South Asia: A Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb. These sections cover India and Pakistan’s nuclear doctrines and postures, as well as their place in the global nuclear order. (See here for an overview.)

Stimson is grateful to the following individuals who gave freely of their time to be guest speakers for these new sections:

  • Zamir Akram, Former Pakistan Ambassador
  • Christopher Clary, Assistant Professor, University at Albany
  • Lisa Curtis, Former Senior Adviser to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs
  • Toby Dalton, Co-Director, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Robert Einhorn, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation
  • Thomas Fingar, Former Chairman, U.S. National Intelligence Council
  • Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-Americas
  • Francis Gavin, Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies, MIT
  • Charles Glaser, Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University
  • Syed Azmat Hassan, Former Pakistani Ambassador
  • Siegfried Hecker, Former Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Pervez Hoodbhoy, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Forman Christian College
  • Touqir Hussain, Former Pakistani Ambassador
  • Neil Joeck, Research Scholar, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
  • Sharad Joshi, Assistant Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Paul Kapur, Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
  • Reshmi Kazi, Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
  • Feroz Khan, Former Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Strategic Plans Division, Pakistan Army
  • Riaz Khan, Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary
  • Walter Ladwig, Assistant Professor, King’s College London
  • Jeffrey Lewis, Adjunct Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Dan Markey, Former Member, U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff
  • Nicholas Miller, Dean’s Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy, Watson Institute, Brown University
  • C. Raja Mohan, Director, Carnegie India
  • Vipin Narang, Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science, MIT
  • George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Rajesh Rajagopalan, Professor in International Politics, Centre for International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Rajeswari Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow and Head, Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation
  • Rasul Baksh Rais, Professor, LUMS
  • Robin Raphel, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs
  • Hasan Askari Rizvi, Professor Emeritus, Punjab University
  • Scott Sagan, The Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
  • Naeem Salik, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Strategic Studies
  • Jaganath Sankaran, Research Scholar, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland
  • Shyam Saran, Former Indian Foreign Secretary
  • Jayita Sarkar, Associate, Belfer Center, Harvard University
  • Sheel Kant Sharma, Former Indian Ambassador
  • Dave Smith, Former U.S. Army Attaché to Pakistan
  • Rakesh Sood, Former Indian Ambassador
  • Leonard Spector, Executive Director, Washington Office, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Nina Tannenwald, Director, International Relations Program, Watson Institute, Brown University
  • Sadia Tasleem, Lecturer, Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Ashley Tellis, Former Senior Adviser to the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

There’s nothing like this course, anywhere. Along with Co-instructor Sameer Lalwani and Co-producers Travis Wheeler and Shane Mason, I hope you will partake or get the word out. We are thankful to our funders — the MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and NNSA — for providing the resources to make this happen.

To enroll in the course on Udemy, click here. For additional information on how to enroll, click here.


  1. Bradley Laing (History)

    Canadian diver may have found nuclear bomb off coast of Canada

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    Major Steve Neta of the Canadian Armed Forces confirmed the location of Snyrichinsky’s “UFO” coincided with the site of the 1950 crash. Neta also said the Mark IV was a dummy bomb, weighing almost 11,000 pounds (4,900 kilograms), just like the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, killing 39,000 to 80,000 people.
    The Mark IV dummy bomb was packed with TNT but records indicate that its core was packed with lead, not plutonium. so according to Neta, there was little risk of a nuclear explosion. “Nonetheless, we do want to be sure and we do want to investigate it further,” he said.
    The Royal Canadian Navy is on its way to investigate the bomb and crash site. Experts will then determine whether to retrieve the bomb or leave it where it is resting.


    —If– a big if— it is backed with plutonium, instead of lead, what does that mean?

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