Nuclear South Asia

A Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb | An Open Online Course By Nuclear Learning | A Stimson Initiative
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About the Instructor

Michael Krepon, Co-Founder/Senior Associate

Michael Krepon co-founded the Stimson Center in 1989. He served as Stimson’s President and CEO until 2000, and continues to direct Stimson’s programming on nucler and space issues. He was appointed the University of Virginia’s Diplomat Scholar, where he taught from 2001-2010. He is the author and editor of twenty-one books, most recently The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age. He worked previously at the Carnegie Endowment, the State Department’s Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Carter Administration, and on Capitol Hill. He received the Carnegie Endowment's Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award in 2015 for lifetime achievement in non-governmental work to reduce nuclear dangers.

Sameer Lalwani, Senior Associate/Deputy Director

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Associate and Deputy Director for Stimson’s South Asia Program. From 2014-15, Lalwani was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at MIT and remains a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Center for International Studies. His research interests include grand strategy, counterinsurgency, civil-military relations, ethnic conflict, nuclear security, and the national security politics of South Asia and the Middle East. Sameer has conducted field research in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and the British archives. His work has been published through RAND, Oxford University Press, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs,Foreign Policy, The National Interest, CTC Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and a number of other outlets. Previously he was a Fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, a member of the CNAS Next Gen National Security Leaders Program, a participant in the CSIS Nuclear Scholars Initiative, and a Policy Analyst with the New America Foundation. He holds B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.

ABOUT THE COURSE

What Is Nuclear South Asia?

Nuclear South Asia: A Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb is a free, open online course produced by the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center in Washington, DC. The course provides the emerging generation of strategic analysts in India, Pakistan, and elsewhere a platform to study nuclear competition and dangers on the Subcontinent.

Nuclear South Asia is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of perspectives regarding India and Pakistan's nuclear trajectories available online. It includes video interviews with more than 80 leading practitioners and scholars from India, Pakistan, and the United States, including former senior diplomats and military officers.

How to Enroll in Nuclear South Asia?

To enroll in Nuclear South Asia, click the "Enroll for free" button above. All you need to do is provide your name and email address, and then create a password. Read the detailed enrollment instructions.

Why Enroll in Nuclear South Asia?

Upon completing Nuclear South Asia, students will be able to:

  • Understand the factors motivating India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs, doctrines, and postures;
  • Assess the impact of emerging policies and capabilities on deterrence stability;
  • Describe India and Pakistan’s positions vis-à-vis the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other elements of the global nuclear order;
  • Analyze crisis episodes, management challenges, and confidence-building efforts on the Subcontinent; and
  • Propose innovate solutions to reduce nuclear competition and dangers in South Asia.

Students have the option of earning a Stimson-issued certificate, an important credential for academic and professional advancement. To earn a certificate, students must watch the video lessons, complete the quizzes, and pass a final exam. Download the course checklist to track your progress toward a Stimson-issued certificate.

Course Contents

64 Videos
7 Quizzes
2 Surveys
20 Texts
2 PDFs
10.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

Nida Altaf

Review

It's a great initiative and a good opportunity for the students to learn more about nuclear South Asia. I'm feeling fortunate to be a part of this course and looking forward to more courses.

Adnan Qaiser

A Most Valuable Opportunity

I truly feel indebted to the Stimson Centre for having offered this great course online. It is hard for me to express my gratitude for I have achieved immense knowledge and insight from this course. I wish to sincerely thank Michael Krepon and ...

Muhammad Kashif

Course Review

I heard about this free yet informative online course on social media and decided to join at once. Since India and Pakistan are nuclear armed states, allocate a huge share of their revenue on defense, as a result, major chunk of their population i...

Nida Altaf

It's a great initiative and a good opportunity for the students to learn more about nuclear South Asia. I'm feeling fortunate to be a part of this course and looking forward to more courses.

Adnan Qaiser

I truly feel indebted to the Stimson Centre for having offered this great course online. It is hard for me to express my gratitude for I have achieved immense knowledge and insight from this course. I wish to sincerely thank Michael Krepon and ...

Muhammad Kashif

I heard about this free yet informative online course on social media and decided to join at once. Since India and Pakistan are nuclear armed states, allocate a huge share of their revenue on defense, as a result, major chunk of their population i...

Muhammad Jahangir Khan

This is one of the finest course I ever attended and free. The subject was well chosen by this prestigious institution and is need of the time as both India and Pakistan are almost always in escalated threat mode even in peacetime, the presence an...