T. V. Paul

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T.V. Paul
Alma materKerala University (BA)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (MPhil)
Known forThe tradition of non-use of nuclear weapons · Soft Balancing · Complex Deterrence · asymmetric conflicts
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical Science
International relations
International Security
Regional Security
InstitutionsMcGill University

Thazha Varkey Paul, M.Phil (Jawaharlal Nehru University), PhD (UCLA) is James McGill professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science at McGill University. He served as the President of the International Studies Association (ISA) during 2016–2017,[1] and served as the founding director of the McGill University – Université de Montreal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS).[2] Paul has been a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (2002–03),[3] Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA) and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (1997–98), and a Visiting Affiliate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey (2002–2003).


Paul specialises in International Relations, especially international security, regional security and South Asia.[4] He received his undergraduate education from Kerala University, India; M.Phil in International Studies from JNU, New Delhi; and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[5]

In December 2009, Paul's Book, The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons was selected for inclusion in the Peace Prize Laureate Exhibition honouring President Barack Obama by the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo.[6] Another book, Power versus Prudence was selected as an 'Outstanding Academic Title for 2001' by the Choice Magazine and as a "Book for Understanding' by the American Association of University Presses. In March 2005 Maclean Magazine's Guide to Canadian Universities rated Paul as one of the "most popular Professors" at McGill University, and in May 2005 Paul became the recipient of the High Distinction in Research Award by McGill's Faculty of Arts.[7]

He was the chair of ISA's International Security Section (ISSS) (2009–2011),[8] and served as a Distinguished International Jury member of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, University of Louisville, in September 2012. Paul was adjudged Best Professor in International Relations Award, World Education Congress, Mumbai, June 2012[9] and was awarded KPS Menon Chair (Visiting) for Diplomatic Studies 2011–12, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India.[10] He is the founding editor of the book series, South Asia in World Affairs, Georgetown University Press.[11]


Paul is the author or editor of 15 books. He has also published over 55 journal articles and book chapters.

  • Accommodating Rising Powers: Past, Present and Future (Editor and Contributor) (Cambridge University Press, 2016) ISBN 9781107592230
  • The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World (Oxford University Press, 2013) ISBN 9780199322237
  • Globalization and the National Security State (with Norrin Ripsman) (Oxford University Press, 2010) ISBN 978-0195393910
  • The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons(Stanford University Press, 2009) ISBN 978-0-8047-6131-4
  • India in the World Order: Searching for Major Power Status (Cambridge University Press, 2002, with B. Nayar) ISBN 0-521-52875-5
  • Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000) ISBN 0-7735-2087-2
  • Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers (Cambridge University Press, 1994) ISBN 0-521-46621-0

Edited Volumes[edit]

  • The Accommodation of Rising Powers: Past, Present and Future (Cambridge University Press, 2016) ISBN 9781107592230
  • Status in World Politics (co-editor and contributor with Deborah Larson and William Wohlforth) (Cambridge University Press, 2014) ISBN 9781107629295
  • International Relations Theory and Regional Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) ISBN 9781107604551
  • South Asia’s Weak States: Understanding the Regional Insecurity Predicament (Editor & Contributor), Stanford: Stanford University Press (in hardcover and paperback editions), 2010 (South Asia Edition, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2011) ISBN 978-0804762212
  • Complex Deterrence: Strategy In the Global Age (with Patrick M. Morgan and James J. Wirtz, University of Chicago Press, 2009) ISBN 978-0-226-65002-9
  • The India-Pakistan Conflict: An Enduring Rivalry (Cambridge University Press, 2005) ISBN 978-0-521-67126-2
  • Balance of Power: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century (with J. Wirtz and M. Fortman, Stanford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0-8047-5016-5
  • The Nation-State in Question (with G. John Ikenberry and John A. Hall, Princeton University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-691-11509-2
  • International Order and the Future of World Politics (with John A. Hall, Cambridge University Press, 1999)ISBN 978-0521658324
  • The Absolute Weapon Revisited: Nuclear Arms and the Emerging International Order (with Richard Harknett and James Wirtz, The University of Michigan Press, 1998 & 2000) ISBN 978-0-472-08700-6

Selected Articles[edit]

  • "Nuclear Doctrines and Stable Strategic Relationships: The Case of South Asia," with Mahesh Shankar, International Affairs, 92(1); pp. 1–20.
  • "Self-Deterrence: Nuclear Weapons and the Enduring Credibility Challenge," International Journal, 71(1): pp. 2–40.
  • "Strategies for Managing China’s Rise," Harvard Asia Quarterly, 16(2), Summer 2014, 11-18.
  • "India’s Soft Power in a Globalizing World," Current History, 113(762) April 2014, 157-62.
  • "Disarmament Revisited: Is Nuclear Abolition Possible?" Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1, February 2012, pp. 149–169.
  • "Taboo or Tradition: The Non-Use of “Nuclear Weapons in World Politics," Review of International Studies, 6, October 2010, pp. 853–863.
  • "A Plea for Puzzle-Driven International Relations Research," Qualitative & Multi-Method Research, Fall 2010, pp. 13–19.
  • "Integrating International Relations Studies in India to Global Scholarship," International Studies, 46 (1–2), 2010, 129–45.
  • "Why the US-India Nuclear Accord is a Good Deal," (with Mahesh Shankar) Survival 49 (4), Winter 2007, pp. 111–22.
  • "The US.-India Nuclear Accord: Implications for the Non-Proliferation Regime," International Journal, 62(4) Autumn 2007, pp. 845–61.
  • "Why Has the India-Pakistan Rivalry Been So Enduring? Power Asymmetry and an Intractable Conflict,: Security Studies, 15(4) October–December 2006, 600–630.
  • "Soft Balancing in the Age of US Primacy," International Security, 30(1) Summer 2005, pp. 46–71.
  • "Globalization and the National Security State: A Framework for Analysis," (with Norrin Ripsman) International Studies Review, 7(2) June 2005, pp. 199–227.
  • "Under Pressure? Globalization and the National Security State," Millennium, (with Norrin Ripsman) 33 (2), December 2004, 355–380.
  • "Chinese/Pakistani Nuclear/Missile Ties and Balance of Power Politics," The Nonproliferation Review, 10 (2), Summer 2003, 1–9.
  • "Systemic Conditions and Security Cooperation: Explaining the Persistence of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime," Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 16(1), April 2003 135-55.
  • "The Systemic Bases of India’s Challenge to the Global Nuclear Order," Non-Proliferation Review, 6(1), Fall 1998,1–11.
  • "Strengthening the Non-Proliferation Regime: The Role of Coercive Sanctions," International Journal, 51(3) Summer, 1996, 440–65.
  • "Nuclear Taboo and War Initiation: Nuclear Weapons in Regional Conflicts," Journal of Conflict Resolution, 39(4), December 1995, 696–717.
  • "The Paradox of Power: Nuclear Weapons in a Changed World," Alternatives, 20(4), November 1995, 479–500.
  • "Time Pressure and War Initiation: Some Linkages," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 27(2) June 1995, 255–76.
  • "Influence through Arms Transfers: Lessons from the US-Pakistani Relationship," Asian Survey, 32(12) Dec. 1992, 1078–92.


  1. ^ "T.V. Paul, ISA President 2016-2017". International Studies Association (ISA). Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ "T.V. Paul | CEPSI – CIPSS".
  3. ^ "Dr. T.V. Paul". Naval Postgraduate School. Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
  4. ^ "About Us – Coordinators". South Asian Regional Cooperation Academic Network (SARCAN). Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  5. ^ "T.V. Paul Bio-sketch" (PDF). McGill University. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  6. ^ "H-Diplo Review Forum" (PDF). H-Net : Humanities and Social Sciences Online. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. ^ "T.V. Paul CV" (PDF). McGill University. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  8. ^ "ISSS Governance and Leadership – Past Chairs of ISSS". International Studies Association (ISA). Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ "WEC'12 Report" (PDF). World Education Congress. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  10. ^ "India set to become a soft power in world politics". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  11. ^ "South Asia in World Affairs series". Georgetown University Press. Retrieved 9 August 2013.

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