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Samanvya Hooda is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He has completed a B.A (International Relations) from the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts. As part of his coursework, he has authored a dissertation exploring the factors that led to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015, along with a seminar paper about 'Legal Aspects of Digital Surveillance in India'. Prior to working at ICS, he worked for a year with a New Delhi based advocacy consultancy, and also as a Research Intern for the Nuclear Security Programme at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. His research interests lie in Nuclear Doctrines and Security, South Asian Geopolitics, Border Conflicts, Conventional Deterrence, and Security in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific. 

The Future of Deterrence along the LAC
15 Oct 2020

2020 has seen the worst Sino-Indian fracas in decades, highlighting the urgency with which India needs to overhaul its strategy for dealing with border incidents as well as its military orientation.

To check China’s hostility, India, Taiwan and Japan need an intelligence-sharing alliance
26 Jun 2020

By targeting the One China Policy with a Taiwan alliance, India will be proactively watching the Chinese and amping up the stakes.

Launch-On-Warning and China’s Nuclear Posture
22 May 2020

China’s deterrent is premised on the survivability and credibility of its nuclear forces. The policy of assured retaliation has allowed it to maintain a relatively small arsenal, stressing on second-strike capabilities for counter-value targeting. However, strides made by the US in precision strike...

India's No First Use Pledge: Clarifications and Questions
18 Aug 2019

No first use' of nuclear arms policy gives India many advantages; govt must clarify doctrine after Rajnath Singh's tweet

Bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir: India’s China Strategy
15 Aug 2019

The Modi government has displayed a willingness to break from long-accepted norms in dealing with complex strategic issues.

Nuclear Arms Limitation With China?
14 Aug 2019

China has been criticised about its nuclear modernisation a great deal in recent years. With the landmark New START's future looking increasingly dubious, this paper examines the possibility of a multilateral arms limitation treaty involving China in the future.

India's Iran policy needs an intricate balancing act
25 Jun 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second win in the Lok Sabha elections and the growing unrest in the Persian Gulf call for a careful look at India's foreign policy on Iran.


Areas of interest

South Asian Geopolitics, Nuclear Doctrines, Nuclear Security, Conventional Deterrence, Border Conflicts, Security in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific


Current Positions

    Research Assistant at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.

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