Bharat Karnad is a research professor and a national security expert. Mr Karnad was a member of the first National Security Advisory Board of India’s National Security Council, where he participated in the Nuclear Doctrine Drafting Group and the external security and the technology security groups of the Strategic Review. He also served as advisor on defence expenditure for the 10th Finance Commission. In addition to publishing widely on national security, Mr Karnad is frequently consulted by officials of the Government of India, including the prime minister and and minister for external affairs. He has been commissioned by the Headquarters of the Integrated Defence Staff to conduct a strategic nuclear orientation course for senior military officers, and to conceptualise and conduct a series of inter-agency wargames on the nuclear tripwire. Mr Karnad also lectures widely abroad, and has been involved in Track-II dialogues with the United States, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, and Israel.
Mr Karnad holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA in political science from University of California, Los Angeles.