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Venkateswaran Lokanathan

Global Fellow


    July 15, 2020 — July 31, 2022

    Professional affiliation

    Director and Associate Professor, School of International Cooperation, Security and Strategic Languages, Rashtriya Raksha University; and Former Assistant Director, National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India
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    • India’s National Security
    • Security Relations with US and China

    Wilson Center Projects

    National Security Architectures: A Comparative Analysis of India and the United States

    Full Biography

    Dr. Venkateswaran has served in India’s National Security Council Secretariat, a special unit under the National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office for six years since 2014. He was a Kodikara Research Fellow at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo in 2013. Dr. Venkateswaran has worked with Mr. Randolph P. Eddy, former Director, White House National Security Council, and a UN Diplomat in a Security Information Services team between 2006-09. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations Manipal University, Program Coordinator for the University’s Study Abroad Program and Head, Master’s Program, Department of Political Science at his alma mater St. Joseph’s (Autonomous) College, Bangalore between 2009-13. Dr. Venkateswaran has a PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has been a supervisor for postgraduate dissertations including for serving defense personnel and has also been an external evaluator for M.Phil dissertation and PhD thesis with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Venkateswaran has nearly 60 publications to his credit, written two dissertations and a thesis, and made several presentations in national and international conferences.

    Major Publications

    • “Nuclear Security and India’s Role in the 21st Century,” Monograph, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo, 2015
    • “Geopolitics of Environmental Security and Climate Change,” Chapter in edited volume - Green Governance and Human Rights, pp: 19-36, New Delhi: Gyan Publications, 2013
    • “Why No Indian Muslims in International Jihad: A Response," Co-Author Jacob Chriqui, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, (New Delhi) article 2081, 28 July 2006