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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is editor-at-large at The Diplomat and the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Follow him on Twitter.

Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An expert on the Asia-Pacific region, his research interests range from nuclear strategy, arms control, missile defense, nonproliferation, emerging technologies, and U.S. extended deterrence. He is the author of Kim Jong Un and the Bomb: Survival and Deterrence in North Korea (Hurst Publishers/Oxford University Press, 2020).

Panda was previously an adjunct senior fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and a member of the 2019 FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy. He has consulted for the United Nations in New York and Geneva on nonproliferation and disarmament matters, and has testified on security topics related to South Korea and Japan before the congressionally chartered U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Panda was a Korea Society Kim Koo Fellow, a German Marshall Fund Young Strategist, an International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue Young Leader, and a Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs New Leader. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

A widely published writer, Panda’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostForeign AffairsForeign Policy, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Diplomat, the Atlantic, the New Republic, the South China Morning PostWar on the Rocks, Politico, and the National Interest. Panda has also published in scholarly journals, including Survival, the Washington Quarterly, and India Review, and has contributed to the IISS Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment and Strategic Survey. He is editor-at-large at the Diplomat, where he hosts the Asia Geopolitics podcast, and a contributing editor at War on the Rocks.

Posts by Ankit Panda
January 27, 2023

The Drivers and Consequences of Vietnam’s January 2023 Political Shake-Up

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Will Vietnam's political tumult have any geopolitical ramifications?

January 06, 2023

A New Defense Era: Japan’s 2022 National Security Strategy

By Catherine Putz and Ankit Panda
Japan has set out on its most ambitious defense build-up program since the end of World War II.
December 28, 2022

Asian Geopolitics in 2022: A Retrospective

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What trends and events shaped the region in 2022?

December 03, 2022

China’s Late-2022 Protests: ‘Zero-Covid’ At the Breaking Point?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What's driving China's late-2022 protests?

November 22, 2022

The G20, APEC, and ASEAN Summits: Taking Stock of November 2022 Diplomacy in Asia

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What transpired at various summits in Asia this month?

November 10, 2022

What’s Driving Inter-Korean Tensions in Autumn 2022?

By Catherine Putz and Ankit Panda
Weeks of tensions on the Korean Peninsula have led to unprecedented shows of force from Pyongyang. What's behind the saber-rattling?
October 25, 2022

It’s Xi’s China: Takeaways From the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Xi Jinping has consolidated power and a third term as China’s leader. What are the ramifications?

October 19, 2022

The Biden Administration’s National Security Strategy and Asia

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
How does the Biden administration’s National Security Strategy see Asia?

September 23, 2022

The Most Important Shanghai Cooperation Summit Ever?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The SCO meets at a time of geopolitical flux in the Asian heartland. What’s the significance?

September 19, 2022

North Korea’s Updated Nuclear Law Points At a Dangerous Nuclear Future

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Kim Jong Un says that as long as nuclear weapons exist, North Korea will have them.

September 01, 2022

North Korea’s Dangerous Turn

By Ankit Panda
Tactical nuclear weapons represent the next, dangerous phase of North Korea’s nuclear modernization.
August 31, 2022

Pakistan’s Flooding Underscores Climate Risks in South Asia

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Devastating floods have placed a third of the country underwater, underscoring significant climate risks in South Asia.

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