A Discussion with Bharat Karnad

October 4, 2018 - 3:00 pm

1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center invites you to a discussion on author Bharat Karnad’s recently published book 'Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India's Global Ambition', released on August 29, 2018.Analyzing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign and military policies in the context of India's socio-political and economic milieu which has evolved in the new Century, this book offers a critical perspective that helps to understand the country's present national security strategy, as seen through the twin-prisms of strongman-alpha male power politics that's all the rage now featuring, other than the Indian prime minister, Trump, Putin, Xi, Erdogan and Shinzo Abe, and of the impact of Modi’s persona on India’s politics and policy-making.

The discussion will be held October 4, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council, followed by a reception. The event is open to press and on the record. 


Discussion with Bharat Karnad

Introduced by:

Nidhi Upadhyaya
Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council
A conversation with:

Bharat Karnad
Moderated by:

Shuja Nawaz
Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council


Bharat Karnad is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He has served as a member of India's National Security Advisory Board, where he helped draft the nation's nuclear doctrine, and has advised India's Finance Commission on defense expenditures. He has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, and the Stimson Center in Washington, and he lectures regularly at top military training institutions. He is the author also of Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy, India’s Nuclear Policy, and Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet). He has a BA and an MA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of California, Los Angeles, respectively.

Shuja Nawaz, a native of Pakistan, is currently a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center. Most recently, he was the Center's first director. He is a political and strategic analyst. Mr. Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and websites and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television worldwide. He has worked with RAND, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other leading think tanks on projects dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East. He has also advised or briefed senior government and military officials and parliamentarians in the United States, Europe, and Pakistan. Mr. Nawaz was educated at Gordon College, Rawalpindi, where he obtained a BA in economics and English literature and the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York. He is the author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within (Oxford University Press 2008). He is also the principal author of FATA: A Most Dangerous Place (CSIS, Washington DC January 2009), Pakistan in the Danger Zone: A Tenuous US-Pakistan Relationship (Atlantic Council 2010), Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army's Experience with Counterinsurgency (Atlantic Council 2011), and India-Pakistan: The Opportunity Cost of Conflict (Atlantic Council 2014).

Nidhi Upadhyaya is a senior research/program associate in the South Asia Center. In this capacity she contributes to the Center’s policy research initiatives and manages programmatic tasks. Previously, she worked as a researcher with policy consulting firm, Bower Group Asia, and as an assistant manager for the Social Media Content Management and Strategy team at India’s leading business news channel ET NOW. Nidhi graduated with a master’s in international affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2017.​