New CISSM scholar to research impact of evolving military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific

October 19, 2015
The evolving military capabilities of a range of Asian-Pacific nations pose particular challenges to regional and global security, according to research scholar Jaganath Sankaran, who joined the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) in October 2015. “As countries change their military capabilities without coordination or control, the potential for a security spiral and a sudden sense of national risk could manifest and upend the peace and stability that has animated the region for the past half-century,” said Sankaran. The implications of this military growth are among the topics that Sankaran will address while conducting research at CISSM and teaching at the School of Public Policy. He will also continue to examine the effect of U.S. policies on Asian nuclear stability and of the Asian missile defense architecture on U.S.-China strategic stability. As part of his research on Asia-Pacific military capabilities, Sankaran will be travelling to Japan and China this Fall with the support of a 2015 Abe fellowship. “Jaganath’s technical acumen and his ability to bridge scientific and policy communities on a range of international security topics will complement and extend CISSM’s core research agenda in exciting ways,” said Nancy Gallagher, CISSM Interim Director. Prior to joining CISSM, Sankaran was a post-doctoral research associate at the National Security Education Center at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was previously a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sankaran received his PhD from the Maryland School of Public Policy in 2012, where his work on space security resulted in a dissertation on Debating Space Security: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities. Before coming to the University of Maryland for his Master's in Engineering and Public Policy, Sankaran worked for 3 years with the Indian Missile R & D establishment in the areas of missile astrodynamics and modeling. He was also involved in the development of a ballistic missile defense system architecture.