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Happymon Jacob is an Associate Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Prior to joining JNU in 2008, Jacob held teaching positions at the University of Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir and the Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi. Jacob serves as an elected member of the International Governing Council of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He is a columnist with The Hindu, and hosts a weekly show on National Security at The Wire.in. Jacob is the author of several books including The Line of Control: Travelling with the Indian and Pakistani Armies (Penguin Random House 2018), and Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and India-Pakistan Escalation Dynamics (Oxford University Press, 2019).

A misfiring and its trail of poor strategic stability
16 Mar 2022

The accidental firing of an Indian missile into Pakistan on March 9 calls for serious introspection by the two nuclear-armed adversaries about the perils of living

India and the Bangladesh Liberation War review: The question of grand strategy
04 Mar 2022

The story of India’s military victory over Pakistan in Bangladesh is celebrated year after year as an example of India’s military power, the political decisiveness of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

India’s evolving Afghan policy
31 Jan 2022

Six months since the Taliban took over the reins of power in Afghanistan, India’s Afghan policy has come a long way, firmly rooted in local realities, compulsions of geopolitics and realistic.

The Quad could end up running out of steam
28 Sep 2021

Coming on the eve of the first in-person Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) summit in Washington DC, the new Australia-U.K.-U.S. (AUKUS) trilateral security partnership appears to be sending

Reaching out to the ‘undesirables’
06 Sep 2021

Shedding its past hesitations, the Government of India has started an open, formal engagement with the Taliban who, by all accounts, will form the next government in Afghanistan.

It is better to have a political settlement that includes the Taliban
26 Jul 2021

Happymon Jacob discusses the looming crisis in Afghanistan after the US’s withdrawal with Tamanna Salikuddin, director of South Asia programs

The Political Fix: Why did Narenda Modi meet Kashmiri leaders after jailing them for months?
05 Jul 2021

Through much of 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government claimed the actions it took in the aftermath of its controversially

India-Pakistan ceasefire threatened by drone attack, just as Afghanistan and China border heat up
03 Jul 2021

A drone attack on an Indian airbase in Jammu has raised concerns that an escalation in hostilities could put at risk a ceasefire between Pakistan and India.

A COVID blot on India’s foreign policy canvas
05 May 2021

A direct consequence of the pandemic is that New Delhi’s claim to regional primacy and leadership could take a hit

The challenges of walking the Indo-Pacific talk
29 Oct 2020

The recently concluded third annual United States-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue has amplified the ongoing conversation in India on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad)

China’s LAC aggression, India’s obfuscation
08 Sep 2020

There are important reasons for the government’s confusing claims, political grandstanding and blurring of facts.

A year on, Article 370 and Kashmir mythmaking
04 Aug 2020

The August 5 decision has led to a state wherein the very basis of a potential step of conflict resolution has been undone.


Areas of interest

Nuclear Disarmament, India’s Foreign Policy, and National Security & International Relations


Current Positions

    • Associate Professor of Disarmament Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi

Past Positions

    • Senior Global Challenges Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin, Germany


    • Ph.D., Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, SIS, JNU, 2010.
    • M. Phil, Centre for Studies in Diplomacy, International Law and Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2004.
    • M. A, (International Relations), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, 2001.

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