Arun Vishwanathan is a former Assistant Professor in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to joining NIAS, he held the position of Assistant Director in the National Security Council Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India between 2008 and 2011. Before his stint in the Indian government, he was Associate Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society, IDSA Campus, New Delhi for three years (2005 to 2008).
Arun specialises on issues relating to nuclear deterrence and strategy, Chinese and Pakistani nuclear weapons and missile capabilities, proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology, nuclear safeguards and verification of nuclear disarmament. He is the co-editor of the book, Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics and co-author of monograph on Hatf-IX/ NASR - Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapon: Implications for Indo-Pak Deterrence. Arun has published articles in Strategic Analysis, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, East Asia Forum among others. He is currently working on a book on India's Nuclear Neighbourhood and on a monograph on nuclear weapons and deterrence dynamics among China, India and Pakistan. Arun has been selected to represent India as a Young Leader in the CSCAP Study Group on Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Asia Pacific. He is an alumnus of the Summer Workshop organised by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.