Dinshaw Mistry

Dinshaw Mistry


Professor, International Affairs & Asian Studies
Head, Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies

Professional Summary

  Dinshaw Mistry is a Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and Head of the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies. He has also been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. 
  He specializes in international relations, security studies, Asian security, and technology and politics. Within these fields, his research covers two main areas: nuclear and missile proliferation, and South Asian security and US foreign policy in the region. 
  Dr. Mistry is author of two major books and co-author / editor of a third. The first, Containing Missile Proliferation, is a comprehensive study of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and its impact on 14 missile programs; it also analyzes the supply-side approach to nonproliferation. The second, The US-India Nuclear Agreement, offers the most detailed analysis of nuclear negotiations with India; it highlights the impact of domestic politics on nuclear diplomacy. The third is an edited volume, Enduring and Emerging Issues in South Asian Security, where he authored the leading chapters on US foreign policy interests in South Asia, ranging from strategic issues to democracy and development, and regional challenges in these areas.
  His additional writings appear in journals such as International SecuritySecurity StudiesAsian SurveyPolitical Science Quarterly, Asian Security, and Arms Control Today, and in the International Herald TribuneNew York Times, and Washington Post
  His current research projects examine regional nuclear issues and the global arms control regime; the new dimensions of missile proliferation and missile defense; and US foreign policy in South Asia and its implications for Asian security. 


PhD: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Political Science)

MIA: Columbia University, New York (International Affairs)

BS: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (Physics, Political Science)

Research Support

Grant: #17 JE 97 Investigators:Mistry, Dinshaw 09-01-2005 -07-01-2008 Japan Foundation Language Courses Instructional Support Role:PI $120,000.00

Woodrow Wilson Center Book Project: Nuclear Negotiations with India Role:PI

Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellowship Role:PI

Grant: #H98230-21-1-0295 08-01-2021 -12-31-2023 National Security Agency University of Cincinnati STARTTALK Russian Studies Immersion Program & Workforce Development Media Program Role:PI-year-2 $500,000 Active

Abbreviated Publications


The US-India Nuclear Agreement (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Chapters: 1/ The Argument; 2/ Diplomacy and Domestic Politics; 3/ Getting to July 2005; 4/ Separating India’s Nuclear Facilities; 5/ Persuading Congress; 6/ Negotiating the Section 123 Agreement; 7/ India’s Domestic Politics; 8/ Negotiating IAEA Safeguards; 9/ Convincing Nuclear Supplier Countries; 10/ Persuading Congress, Again; 11/ Reprocessing and Liability; 12/ Reviewing and Extending the Argument

Containing Missile Proliferation (University of Washington Press, 2003 / paperback 2005; update 2009). (abstract here
Chapters: 1/ Introduction; 2/ Regimes, Technology, Politics, and Proliferation; 3/ Building a Supply-Side Regime; 4/ Argentina, Brazil, South Africa; 5/ South Korea, Taiwan, Arab States; 6/ Israel, India, Pakistan; 7/ North Korea and Iran; 8/ Toward a Treaty Regime; 9/ Conclusions

Enduring and Emerging Issues in South Asian Security (Brookings Institution Press, 2022); editor, and author of one-third of the book. (abstract here)
Authored chapters on: 1/ U.S. Foreign Policy and Security and Governance in South Asia; 2/ Pakistan, India, and U.S. Strategic Interests; 6/ Nuclear Stability in South Asia

Other Publication

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
*"Divergence and Convergence in US-Pakistan Security Relations," Asian Security (2019).

* "Aligning Unevenly: India and the United States," Policy Studies (2016).

*"Domestic and International Influences on Energy Policy," book chapter (Oxford, 2016).

"South Asia's Missile Expansion," The Nonproliferation Review (Sept. 2015).

* “The India Lobby and the Nuclear Agreement with India,” Political Science Quarterly (Winter 2013).

* "Ballistic Missiles and Space Launch Vehicles in Regional Powers: a 30-case Study," Astropolitics (2012) (co-author).

* “The MTCR, the Hague Code, and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East,” book chapter (Routledge, 2012) (co-author).

* "Going Nowhere Fast: Assessing Concerns about Long-Range Conventional Ballistic Missiles,International Security (Spring 2010), correspondence.

* "Tempering Optimism about Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia," Security Studies (Feb. 2009)

* "Assessing Iran's ICBM Capabilities," Arms Control Today (2007).

* "Nuclear Asia's Challenges," Current History (2005).

* “The Unrealized Promise of International Institutions: The Test Ban Treaty and India’s Nuclear Breakout,” Security Studies (Summer 2003).

* “Beyond the MTCR: Building a Comprehensive Regime to Contain Ballistic Missile Proliferation,” International Security (Spring 2003).

* "Technological Containment: The MTCR and Missile Proliferation," Security Studies (Spring 2002).

* “The Geostrategic Implications of India’s Space Program,” Asian Survey  (Nov. 2001). 

* “Diplomacy, Sanctions, and the U.S. Nonproliferation Dialogue with India and Pakistan,” Asian Survey (Sept. 1999).

* “The Technology and Politics of Missile Defense" (1999)

Op-Eds / Letters, 2010-present 
"Globalizing the INF Treaty," The National Interest, Apr. 2019.

"Keep the INF Treaty,"  New York Times, Oct. 25, 2018.

"The Iran Nuclear Deal's Sunset Provisions," Washington Post, April 25, 2018.

"Nuclear Challenges in Asia," Asia Dialogue, June 12, 2017.

"North Korea and the Nuclear Threat,"  New York Times, Sept. 17, 2016.

"Next Step with Iran: A Missile Security Pact," New York Times, Sept. 5, 2015.

"Negotiating with Iran,"  New York Times, Nov. 13, 2013.

“Reining in Pyongyang’s Missile Plans,” The Diplomat, April 9, 2012.

"Israel’s Missile Capabilities,” World Politics Review, Dec. 5, 2011.

“How to End Pakistan’s Support for Militants,” Washington Post, July 5, 2011.
“Toward a Test Ban: Why a Treaty is Viable,” New York Times, Jan. 5, 2011.

Op-eds / Letters, 2000-2009
“Medium-Range Missiles,” New York Times, Sept. 26, 2009.

“The Security of Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal,” HSDailyWire.com, May 8, 2009.
“Regain traction in Afghanistan with 3-Pronged Strategy,” Cincinnati Enquirer, March 22, 2009.

 “Iran's Missile's: Don't Go Ballistic,” International Herald Tribune, Feb. 4, 2009, with Charles Ferguson.

  “Moving Away from Missile Programs,” BostonGlobe, June 19, 2006, with Charles Ferguson.

 “A Nuclear Iran: What Can be Done,”  New York Times, Jan. 17, 2006.

 “India’s Nuclear Option,” New York Times, Dec. 13, 2004.

 “Halting the Spread of Nuclear Arms,”  New York Times, Dec. 28, 2003.

 “A Lesson from 1962 on Dealing with N. Korea,” Washington Post, May 28, 2003.

 “A Powder Keg in South Asia,”  New York Times, June 1, 2002.

 “A Plan for Iraq, Loopholes and All," New York Times, May 18, 2001.

"A Cooperative Approach to Missile Defense," Brookings, March 10, 2000.


Nuclear Proliferation; Missile Proliferation; Asian Security; US foreign Policy in Asia

Courses Taught

International Politics & Economics in Asia, Security and Conflict in Asia, Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control, International Cooperation, Survey of Asian Studies