Nuclear South Asia

A Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb | An Open Online Course Taught By Nuclear Learning | A Stimson Initiative
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muna khayal

That the course is about the nuclear programs of India and Pakistan and their implications on South Asia.

The course is quite detailed and comprehensive. It gives ample information about the Nuclear programs, postures , doctrines and implications of both Indian and Pakistani Nuclear programs. Great effort team Stimson.


Excellent course

This course was very enlightening!

Stefano Cioce


Really good

muna khayal

The course is quite detailed and comprehensive. It gives ample information about the Nuclear programs, postures , doctrines and implications of both Indian and Pakistani Nuclear programs. Great effort team Stimson.


This course was very enlightening!

Stefano Cioce

Really good

waqar azeem

excellent presentation of researched work i enjoyed while doing the course i hope in future STIMSON present course of more understanding of nuclear learning.

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Waqar Anjum

This course has provided me the best understanding about the nuclear politics of South Asia. i hope this would be informative for me.

adeela jawad

It is an excellent Online free course. The most crucial issue of the region was discussed comprehensively with logical arguments by Academics, Scholars, Diplomats. The nuclear weapon is a reality in South Asia, by going through political, diplomat...

Rhea Keisam

This course is very relevant to what is happening in South Asia. It helped us in understanding International Relations better.

Muhammad Yaseen Naseem

I am very thankful to the management team of STIMSON's Nuclear Learning Course, which designed it very specific to the "emerged" nuclear crisis in South Asia. The content and language of the course is comprehensive. Chapters 5 and 6 are high...

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Kishor Narayan

A great course provided free of cost to all those interested! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the exhaustive lectures and reading through the backgrounders! What's more, the course being free is an icing on the cake! I would strongly urge all wh...

Dr.V.Vijay Devanesan

Painstaking effort that very comprehensivly deals with the scenario in South Asia. I had a great experience that I was able to listen to the reflections and analysis of a wide range of world class scholars.

Harshal Mishra

It was truly an eye-opening course for me. Hailing from India and living through all the rhetoric coming from both sides of the political spectrum it really builds up nationalist tendencies in an average individual rather than analyzing the issue ...

Ankit Rana

It is a detailed and lucid course with experts clearly bringing out the different perspectives associated with nuclear weapons in South Asia. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would actively recommend course to my network. I would also like you ...

Paul Butchard

Fantastic course, well structured and easily digestible following a clear structure which only aids the process. Really feel I know far more about an area i had very limited knowledge about. Amazing to have such a variety of world class exp...

Sarral Sharma

Congratulations Stimson Centre team for conducting this online course. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole course structure, especially the experts' videos (with some familiar faces). Coming from a non-nuclear research background, I managed to understand...

Shaza Arif

I am a student of Defense and Diplomatic studies in Pakistan and after completing this course i feel that i have learned a lot related to my field and have done something very productive during the vacations. The course is extremely beneficial an...

Mustafa Zahid

Hi there, I finally completed the course and think that it's an extremely well-constructed and thorough course, consisting of different points of view, hence allowing one to make up their own mind based on the different perspectives presented. Fr...

css aspirant

I took the online MOOC on nuclear learning. Indeed, it contains great insight and learning. The analysts and experts are matchless, and especially Mr. Micheal Krepon is second to none. I want to extend my greatest gratitude to the organizers of ...


The fact that I knew nothing at all about the title Nuclear South Asia and therefore simply guessed the information that I had in my possession really has embarrassed me. I made assumptions that I am ashamed of about the subject in question. Howev...

Mustansar Abbas

It was an excellent oppertunity. I learned alot. Thanks for providing such an excellent opportunity for youngsters like us.

Tharun Bathini

I believe the final quiz should have had new questions instead of repeating the questions from other quizzes. In general I feel this course is a well structured course with excellent videos and is a must for anyone who is interested in South Asian...

Saqib Hassan Lodhi

The offered course will enable the students to analyse more perfectly regarding the nuclear issues of South Asia. I am looking forward to make my analysis more mature. Hope my counter narratives will help the Stimson center to resolve this core is...

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...

Nuclear Learning | A Stimson Initiative
Nuclear Learning | A Stimson Initiative

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 & Co-Director

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center where he researches nuclear deterrence, inter-state rivalry and crises, strategic culture, ethnic politics, civil conflict, and counter/insurgency. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University (GWU) Department of Political Science. Previously, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Lalwani completed his PhD from MIT’s Department of Political Science with dissertation research examining national security decision-making in South Asia. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the British Archives. Lalwani’s work has been accepted or published in a number of venues including Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CTC Sentinel, the New York Times, as well as books published by RAND, Cato Institute, Sage, and Oxford University Press. He has been a Predoctoral Fellow at GWU Elliott School’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, an Adjunct at the RAND Corporation, a Visiting Fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences, a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Tobin Scholar, a Smith Richardson World Politics and Statecraft Fellow, and a member of the CNAS Next Gen National Security Leaders Program.


What Is Nuclear Learning?

Nuclear Learning is an online initiative produced by the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program to sharpen strategic analysts’ understanding of nuclear programs, doctrines, and postures in South Asia and beyond. Nuclear Learning pursues this mission by making diverse viewpoints accessible via open online courses, nurturing vibrant communities of “nuclear learners” on social media, and providing opportunities for students to engage with experts in the field.

What Is "Nuclear South Asia?"

The first Nuclear Learning course—“Nuclear South Asia: A Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb”—is available for free at "Nuclear South Asia" is the most comprehensive 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. In addition to lectures, the course includes multiple-choice quizzes, recommended readings, and a pass/fail final exam.

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.

Can Students Earn a Certificate for Completing "Nuclear South Asia?"

Yes! Nuclear Learning provides free certificates of course completion issued through our partner Accredible to recognize the achievement of course graduates and facilitate their academic and career advancement. These digital credentials allow students to present a portable, trustworthy record of their achievements to anyone at any time.

Accredible is an industry-leading digital credentialing platform, which allows users to securely issue, manage, track, and verify their certificates. Its platform is used by over 400 organizations worldwide, including Google, UC Berkeley, and IEEE. More than 1,000,000 students have received certificates or other credentials through their platform.

Each certificate displays the following information by default:

  • Your name, the Stimson Center logo, and the title of the completed course; and
  • A signature from Stimson Center Co-Founder Michael Krepon.

Each certificate is downloadable as a PDF file. You can also share your certificate on via LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or a unique URL.

To earn a digital certificate, students must watch the video lessons, complete the quizzes, and pass a final exam. Download the course checklist and follow the instructions to ensure your progress toward a digital certificate.

Can Students Stay Connected to Nuclear Learning after Taking "Nuclear South Asia?"

Yes! After completing "Nuclear South Asia," students can stay connected to the Nuclear Learning online community and continue learning about evolving nuclear and strategic dynamics in South Asia and beyond by subscribing to the Nuclear Learning YouTube channel, following the Nuclear Learning Facebook page, and following Nuclear Learning on Twitter.

What's Next for Nuclear Learning?

Due to high demand, a second Nuclear Learning course on conventional and nuclear deterrence in Southern Asia is under development for release in 2019. Stay tuned!

Course Contents

64 Videos
7 Quizzes
3 Surveys
18 Texts
2 PDFs
12.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

Intro Survey
Exit Survey and Statement of Academic Integrity