I am a New Delhi-based academic, columnist and commentator.
I teach Diplomacy and Disarmament studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where I am an Associate Professor. I have been teaching courses on 'India and Disarmament', India’s Foreign Policy’, and 'National Security and International Relations' at JNU. My research interests include nuclear arms control, India's foreign policy, Kashmir conflict, and India-Pakistan relations.
I graduated in Philosophy (from the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune) and Social Sciences (Panjab University, Chandigarh). I then pursued a Master's Degree in International Relations from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Thereafter I received my M. Phil and Ph. D degrees from the School of International Studies,JNU in Diplomacy, and International Politics, respectively.
During 2003-04, I worked with the New Delhi-based think tank Observer Research Foundation. In 2004, I joined the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies at the University of Jammu, J&K, as a lecturer. Then, on leave from the University of Jammu, I joined the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the JamiaMilliaIslamia University in New Delhi as a Visiting Fellow. I was also associated with the Delhi Policy Group and the Centre for Air Power Studies, both New Delhi-based think tanks. I joined JNU in 2008.
During 2009-2010, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan. Some of my other significant visiting appointments include: Visiting Professor, FondationMaison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris (1-31 July, 2015); Visiting Scholar, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA (May-July 2014); 'Emerging Leader Fellow-2013', instituted by the Australia India Institute, Melbourne University, Australia (June-July 2013); "Personnalited'Avenir" at the French Foreign Ministry (2011) in Paris; and 'Visiting Research Fellow', Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada (June 5, 2008 to July 10, 2008, Sponsored by the Canadian Studies Faculty Research Fellowship.
During 2017-2017, I was on Sabbatical from JNU. During this period, I was a Senior Global Challenges Fellow at the Central European University in Budapest (https://ias.ceu.edu/people/happymon-jacob) and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin ( http://www.gppi.net/home/# ).
My academic writings have primarily been on India's foreign policy, Kashmir conflict, India-Pakistan relations and security issues in general. I have published two short monographs, an anthology of Op-Eds, and edited five books.
I regularly contribute Op-Ed articles to The Hindu newspaper on issues ranging from national security, India's foreign policy etc. ( http://www.thehindu.com/profile/contributor/Happymon-Jacob-432/).
I am a member of the international Governing Council of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. My only policy engagement is via track-II dialogues: I have been organizing and/or participating in some of the most influential Indian-Pakistan track-two dialogues: Chaophraya Dialogue, Pugwash India-Pakistan Dialogue, Ottawa Dialogue on India-Pakistan Nuclear Relations, and the Ottawa India-Pakistan military-to-military Dialogue. I am an honorary director (India Chapter) of the Chaophraya Dialogue.
Over the past two years, I have been working on a research project to understand the causes of ceasefire violations between India and Pakistan. During this period, I spent several weeks on both sides of the line of control in India and Pakistan. My book on the subject will be published by the Oxford University Press later this year.