Rajesh M. Basrur is Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has obtained MA and M Phil degrees in History (Delhi) and MA and PhD in Political Science (Bombay). Earlier, he was Director, Centre for Global Studies, Mumbai, India (2000-2007) and taught History and Politics at the University of Mumbai (1978-2000). He has engaged in post-doctoral research at RSIS (2006-07), Stanford University (2002-2003), Sandia National Laboratories (2002), the Brookings Institution (2001-2002), the Henry L. Stimson Center (2001), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995-96), and Simon Fraser University (1994).
His work focuses on global nuclear politics, nuclear terrorism, South Asian security, international relations theory and human security. His publications include South Asia’s Cold War: Nuclear Weapons and Conflict in Comparative Perspective (London and Abingdon: Routledge, forthcoming, April 2008); (co-edited with Mallika Joseph) Reintroducing the Human Security Debate in South Asia (New Delhi: Samskriti Publishers, 2007); Minimum Deterrence and India’s Nuclear Security (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006); (edited) Security in the New Millennium (New Delhi: India Research Press, 2001); India’s External Relations: A Theoretical Analysis (New Delhi: Commonwealth Publishers, 2000); and (edited) Perspectives on India’s Defence and Arms Control (Mumbai: University of Mumbai, 1999). He has published over 50 research papers and chapters in Contemporary South Asia, India Review, Journal of Peace Research and other journals and edited volumes. His papers have also been published in French and Russian.
He is currently editing a volume on Challenges to Indian Democracy to be published by Popular Prakashan, Mumbai. Forthcoming articles include “The Lessons of Kargil as Learned by India,” in Peter Lavoy, ed., Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences of the Kargil Conflict (Cambridge University Press) and “India: Imbalance under Civilian Control,” in Thomas Bruneau and Harold Trinkunas, eds., Global Determinants of Defense Reform (Palgrave Macmillan). He is a member of the International Board, Asian Security Monograph Series, Stanford University Press.