Media and Upcoming Appearances


November 15: Princeton University, Round table Nuclear Crisis Group and discussion with Students

Princeton Nov 2017

November 7: Georgetown University, School for Foreign Service. Lecture:  “Staring Down the Abyss”.

Georgetown Nov 17

October 22: Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, International Security Studies Program “Nuclear Security on the Subcontinent.”

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July 17: Army Higher Command College, Mhow; Panel Discussion on Nuclear Security

July 04:  NIAS, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme.

Deliberations on proceedings of the First Meeting of the Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG) held at Vienna.

The real peril in the nuclear domain lay in the inability of formal establishments to track potential situations of nuclear conflict. If such risks remain ignored, misunderstood or mismanaged, they could even lead to unintended consequences. Recognising this, an international crisis group was formed as a sub-set of Obama’s nuclear legacy, a Global Zero Commission on nuclear risk reduction. The primary mission of the forum would be to generate analysis of these predicaments, develop proposals for de-escalation and consult with appropriate agencies to diminish the danger of nuclear exchange. The Group, an international assemblage of experts from nuclear armed countries and their allies has been set in order to realise this prospective initiative. Along with the deliberations of the meeting, the general features and purpose of the NCG, Admiral Shankar will also be addressing the various nuclear flash points that the NCG has identified- with a focus on the situation in the sub-continent. 

May 5-6: The Nuclear Crisis Roundtable, Vienna

Global Zero’s newly formed Nuclear Crisis Group will hold their first conference on May 5-6, 2017 in Vienna, aligned with the NPT PrepCom. The conference – the Nuclear Crisis Roundtable – will be co-hosted by Global Zero and the government of Sweden and will take place at Schwedenhaus, Sweden’s embassy in Vienna. The Nuclear Crisis Group is an international group of esteemed experts from nuclear countries and their allies. The group will constantly track situations of potential nuclear conflict that risk being catastrophically ignored, misunderstood or mismanaged. It will produce analysis of these situations, develop proposals for de-escalation measures and conduct ongoing consultations with governments to de-escalate well before the nuclear threshold is crossed. This initiative builds on the work and expertise of the Global Zero Commission on Nuclear Risk Reduction. Co-chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering and General (ret.) James E. Cartwright, invited South Asian representatives at the roundtable are Vice Admiral (retd.) Vijay Shankar (India) and Gen. (retd.) Jehangir Karamat (Pakistan).

March 10: Force Commander’s Conclave, New Delhi

March 6-7: INS Viraat Decommissioning, Mumbai

February 6: Round Table Address, National Institute for Advanced Studies:

  • Strategic Implications of Chinese Shang Class SSN Visit to Karachi 
  • Recent Reported Firing Trial of the Babur III.
  • The Rafael Grossi’s Letter For Non-NPT Applicants to the NSG.


October 6-7: Address at the Goa International Maritime Symposium

September 28 : Book launch Address critical acclaim for “Left of Boom” or “No War. No Peace?” Authors: Perkovich and Dalton.

September 14:  Round Table Centre for Policy Research and Atlantic Council: India’s Nuclear Futures

September 2-3: Conference on “Emerging Trends in Non-Traditional Security: Threats and Responses,” Christ University, Bengaluru. Valedictory address on “Non-Traditional Security Threats.”

May 6: Roundtable discussion on “Evolution of the Deterrence at Sea,” Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Washington D.C.

April 4-6: Oak Ridge National Lab, Tennessee USA (ORNL), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), and IIT (Delhi) Cyber Security Workshop.

March 29-31: International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. Round Table discussion on “Nuclear Deterrence at Sea: India’s Evolving Options.

Vijay Shankar with Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar at IISS, Arundel House, London. A recording of the talk is available here

March 7: National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Department of Science and Technology Workshop. Address titled “Science and Technology in the Maritime Domain: an Indian Perspective.”


October 29: “Nuclear Submarines and Maritime Security in South Asia” Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

Admiral Shankar speaking at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA

Admiral Shankar speaking at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

October 14: “Maritime Security in South Asia” Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.

September 14 (AM):  Confabulations with the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB, Sec. John Kerry’s) on “The Nature of Strategic Stability on the Sub Continent,” State Dept. Washington DC.

September 14 (PM):  Presentation and Round Table discussion, “Nuclear Doctrinal Debate,” Carnegie Endowment, Washington DC.

May 3-7: Speaker, Fifth Annual Residential Young Scholars’ Workshop, Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy 2015, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

End-March: Global Zero General’s Commission, Athens, Greece

January 23: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore:

i. Lecture on Maritime Security (Annual Program for Senior Executives)

ii. ‘Development of Strategic Scenarios and their Gaming’ (Analysis of workshop conducted in March 2014 for Naval War College.)


October 6Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Livermore CA; Talk titled “A Covenant sans Sword: India’s Nuclear Doctrine.”

September 22-26: University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Talks titled “Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and West Pacific” and “Strategic Stability on the Subcontinent”

September 17: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Security Studies Program, Boston, MA.; Talk titled “Nuclear Security on the Subcontinent”

September: Atlantic Council, Washington, DC. Roundtable discussion on “Nuclear Security on the Subcontinent.” Audio of discussion available here.

Photo credit: Atlantic Council 2014

June 20: National Defense College, New Delhi. Talk titled “Strife on the Global Commons: The High Seas”.

March 3-5: GIBSA 2014, Germany-India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue ‘Af-Pak, Global Economy & Maritime Security’

March 12-15: Strategic Workshop at National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

February 23-25: Strategic Studies Summit, Bangkok, Thailand. Talk on “Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region and the ‘Uncertainty Paradigm'”

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar speaking on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region and the ‘Uncertainty Paradigm’ at the Strategic Studies Summit, Bangkok, 23-25 February 2014.

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