Jayita Sarkar

Karen TU'89 and Joseph Niehaus '85 Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security

Jayita Sarkar is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. She is currently completing her book manuscript on U.S. efforts to dissuade India’s nuclear weapons program since the beginning of the 1950s until the end of the 1970s , and India’s quest for strategic autonomy through a diversified procurement strategy in the nuclear realm, particularly from France, the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. Entitled Ploughshares to Swords: A Global History of India’s Nuclear Program, the manuscript is undergoing final revisions before review. Concurrently, she is working on her second book project on the Economic Strategies of American Nonproliferation Policy, which examines the role of private firms and government-industry relations in the United States and four major supplier states to demonstrate the economic calculations behind nuclear exports and how that contributes to nonproliferation. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, International History Review, Foreign Policy Analysis, Nonproliferation Review and elsewhere. A former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, she holds a Ph.D. in International History from Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland (2014). She has worked at think tanks such as the Stimson Center and the Wilson Center in Washington DC, the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies in Oslo, and the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi. At Boston University, she teaches courses on the history of international relations after 1945, U.S. foreign policy in post-1947 South Asia, international nuclear politics, and history and policy.

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B.A. Jadavpur University (India)
M.A. Jadavpur University (India)
M.A. University of Paris-Sorbonne (France)
Ph.D. Graduate Institute of Geneva (Switzerland)

Selected publications

Sarkar, J. “Whack-a-Mole: American Policy to Curb West European Nuclear Exports, 1974-1978,” Journal of Cold War Studies, 2018/19, In production.

Krige, J. & J. Sarkar.  “American Technological Collaboration for Nonproliferation: Key Evidence from the Cold War,” The Nonproliferation Review, vol. 25, no. 3-4 (2018), In production.

Blarel, N. & J. Sarkar. “Sub-State Organizations as Foreign Policy Agents: New Evidence and Theory from India, Israel and France,” Foreign Policy Analysis, 2018, In production.

Rabinowitz, O. & J. Sarkar. “‘It Isn’t Over Until the Fuel Cell Sings’: A Reassessment of the US and French Pledges of Nuclear Assistance in the 1970s,”Journal of Strategic Studies vol. 41, no. 1-2 (2018): 275-300.

Sarkar, J. “The Making of a Nonaligned Nuclear Power: India’s Proliferation Drift, 1964-1968,” The International History Review, vol. 37, no. 5 (2015): 933-950.

Sarkar, J. “‘Wean them away from French tutelage’: Franco-Indian nuclear relations and Anglo-American anxieties in the early Cold War, 1948-1952,” Cold War History, vol. 15, no.3 (2015): 375-394.

Sarkar, J. “Compatriotes de l'atome? La coopération nucléaire franco-indienne, 1950-1976,” Critique Internationale, vol. 63, no. 2 (2014): 131-149. 

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