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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 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).

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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