Rajesh Basrur is Visiting Professor with the South Asia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He has obtained MA and MPhil in History (Delhi) and MA and PhD in Political Science (Bombay). Prior to joining RSIS in 2006, he was Director, Centre for Global Studies, Mumbai (2000-2006), and taught History and Politics at the University of Mumbai (1978-2000). He has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham, the University of Hull, Stanford University, Sandia National Laboratories, the Brookings Institution, the Henry L. Stimson Center, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His work focuses on South Asian security, global nuclear politics, and international relations theory. He has authored five books, including (with Kate Sullivan de Estrada) Rising India: Status and Power (Routledge, 2017), South Asia’s Cold War (Routledge, 2008) and Minimum Deterrence and India’s Nuclear Security (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has also edited twelve books and journal special issues, including (with Sumitha Narayanan Kutty) India and Japan: Assessing the Strategic Partnership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Challenges to Democracy in India (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has published over 100 papers in various journals and edited volumes.
He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the domestic politics of India’s foreign and security policies.