Date: Dec 20, 2017

Over the last six months North Korea has made tremendous advances in its nuclear weapon and missile programmes. They have included testing a potential thermonuclear weapon and two missiles (Hwasong-14 and -15) that are capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the US mainland and have brought the two countries to the brink.

This event will explore the history of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and its nuclear strategy. The discussions will also touch upon potential US responses to these developments.


Vipin Narang is Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his PhD from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.

Harsh V. Pant, Distinguished Fellow and Head, ORF Strategic Studies Programme, will moderate the session.

Find the agenda here.

The timing of the event is from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Venue Address

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi