Miriam Rajkumar

Former Associate, Non-Proliferation Project


B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University


This person is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Miriam Rajkumar supports all aspects of the Non-Proliferation Project, including issue briefs, publications, and the web site. She is also responsible for tracking and analyzing non-proliferation as well as political and security developments in the Middle East and South Asia. She is co-author of Deadly Arsenals, a seminal Carnegie publication that tracks weapons of mass destruction.

Prior to joining the Endowment, Rajkumar worked at Washington Policy and Analysis. There, she participated in the research and analysis of the world oil market, civilian nuclear energy, and the plutonium trade. Previously she was at the Nixon Center, where she worked on the political, security, and economic impact of U.S. policy toward Iran, the security environment in the Persian Gulf, and the pipeline politics of the Caspian Sea. She has also held research positions working on the Middle East at the Brookings Institution and on human rights issues at the United Nations Association of the United States.

Selected Publications: Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction, with Joseph Cirincione and Jon Wolfsthal (Carnegie, 2002)

  • Proliferation Analysis September 20, 2005
    Indian Independence

    Many U.S. officials and experts are surprised by India’s reluctance to support Iran’s referral to the Security Council. They should not be. Politically, no Indian government can afford to appear subservient to U.S. interests.  New Delhi values an independent foreign policy shaped, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said, by its own geography, economics and domestic considerations. At a press conference in New York on September 16, Prime Minister Singh pointed out that India is located in the region neighboring Iran, that there are three-and-a-half million Indian workers in the Middle East and that India has the second largest Shiite population in the world, trailing only Iran itself.   “Any flare up would present immense difficulties,” he said. (Read More)

  • Proliferation Analysis July 19, 2005
    A Nuclear Triumph for India

    On Monday July 17, President George W. Bush reversed decades of U.S. nonproliferation policy, stating that India "as a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology, should acquire the same benefits and advantages as other such states," adding that he will "work to achieve full civil nuclear energy cooperation with India as it realizes its goals of promoting nuclear power and achieving energy security." President Bush thus accorded India a much sought-after seat in the "responsible" nuclear club. 

    This is a sweeping reversal of U.S. and international nuclear policy. While Washington has passed New Delhi’s litmus test on U.S. good intentions, what does this shift mean for U.S. leadership of global nonproliferation? (Read More)

  • Proliferation Analysis February 20, 2003
    The Arab World is Seething

    Arab governments and citizens are incensed at the policies of the United States toward the Middle East. The anger cuts across age, economic, social and intellectual spectrums, and it has reached alarming levels. Recent visits to the region by Carnegie experts confirm that there is little appreciation for the Bush Administration's position among the people of the Middle East.

  • Proliferation Analysis Carnegie May 16, 2000 Washington, D.C.
    Assessing Arab Anger

    At the ongoing NPT review conference, Arab states have strongly expressed their resentment over Israel's barely concealed nuclear arsenal, and have signaled their displeasure at the "discriminatory" approach of the United States towards nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

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