Abhishek Saxena

Abhishek Saxena
Centre for Air Power Studies · Nuclear Security

Master of Arts
I am currently working on the nuclear doctrine of great powers.


I am interested in nuclear doctrines, great power transition and great power politics, nuclear security in South Asia, and international relations of South Asia and Middle-East
July 2019 - May 2021
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Field of study
  • International Relations
June 2016 - May 2019
Kirori Mal College
Field of study
  • Chemistry


Project (1)
It is not bipolarity but nuclear weapons which better explain the absence of great-power war during the Cold War. The “Nuclear Revolution” has attenuated the structural constraints of the international system and made structure largely irrelevant for the calculations of systemic war. It doesn’t matter whether the emerging structure is bipolar or multipolar; the very existence of nuclear weapons, irrespective of the size of the nuclear stockpile, inhibits a great-power war between the United States and China. Since the international system remains anarchical, the great-power competition has shifted towards less expensive and less hazardous arenas like trade and technology. Thus, experience of the Cold War cast an optimistic image of the future.