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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
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.

August 17, 2022

A Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis or an Inflection Point for the Status Quo?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What do the events of early August 2022 in the Taiwan Strait portend for the future of the Asia-Pacific?

July 27, 2022

No End in Sight: 18 Months of Military Rule in Myanmar

By Ankit Panda
What is the state of Myanmar’s complex internal insurgency and how has the international response evolved since the January 2021 coup?

July 19, 2022

Abe Shinzo’s Enduring Legacy on Geopolitics in Asia

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Japan’s longest-serving post-war prime minister left a long list of achievements with geopolitical significance.
June 29, 2022

NATO’s Madrid Summit and the Interlinkages Between European and Asian Security

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Why are the leaders of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan heading to a NATO summit?

June 15, 2022

Takeaways From the 2022 Shangri-La Dialogue

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The Shangri-La Dialogue returned to convene for the first time since 2019 this year. What was on the agenda?

June 01, 2022

What Is the Biden Administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework About?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Don't call the IPEF a free trade agreement.

May 18, 2022

The Geopolitical Consequences of China’s Solomon Islands Pact

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What is Beijing up to in the Southern Pacific?

May 06, 2022

Northeast Asian Security Will Require North Korea’s Regional Reintegration

By Toby Dalton and Ankit Panda
South Korean, U.S., and regional security would be improved through risk reduction measures – such as reconnecting North Korea to regional security processes.
April 29, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for Taiwan

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has limited relevance for understanding the risks of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

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