Ankit Panda


Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where his work covers nuclear and conventional force developments in Asia, missile defense, and nuclear strategy. He is also a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Columnist for the South China Morning Post.

Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications. His analysis has been cited by the New York Times, Reuters, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers and news agencies. He hosts a popular podcast on geopolitics in Asia for The Diplomat.

In recent years, Panda has reported exclusively on major developments in nuclear and conventional force development in North Korea, China, Russia, India, and Pakistan. He is a contributor to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment and Strategic Survey, and the author of multiple journal articles, reports, and book chapters on topics in security and geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific. Panda is additionally a frequent participant in track-two dialogues and consults for a range of private and public organizations.

He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He lives in New York City.

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  • North Korea, China, India, and Pakistan
  • Conventional military balance in Asia
  • Missile defense
  • Extended deterrence and alliance politics


  • Trump-Kim summit: How did it all fall apart?

    The story of the summit's collapse ultimately began with Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who had worked to raise expectations for what concessions the US should expect from North Korea to stratospheric levels.

    BBC, May 24, 2018

  • John Bolton's Wrecking Ball Takes Down North Korea Summit

    National Security Adviser John Bolton might just have gotten his wish: President Donald Trump has called off the June 12 summit meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. For weeks, Bolton has been working to set impossibly high expectations for the summit.

    The Daily Beast, May 24, 2018

  • What Kim Jong-un Gets Out of a Self-Enforced ICBM Testing Freeze

    The North Korean leader needs time to build out his nuclear forces — time that doesn’t need to spent testing ICBMs, necessarily.

    The Diplomat, April 22, 2018

  • North Korea Is Not Denuclearizing

    The Trump administration shouldn’t get too excited about Kim Jong Un’s pledge to limit his weapons program.

    The Atlantic, April 21, 2018

  • Don’t Be Confused: Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Concessions Were a Show of Strength by North Korea

    Kim has just increased the costs considerably for Trump of backing out of a summit.

    Daily Beast, April 20, 2018

  • Why has Kim Jong-un halted North Korean tests now?

    Kim Jong-un's announcement that North Korea is to halt nuclear and missile tests immediately comes as he prepares for two major diplomatic events.

    BBC, April 21, 2018

  • What Trump's Team Need to Know About the Kim-Xi Meeting in Beijing

    Xi Jinping is poised to take control of the burgeoning “denuclearization” diplomacy in Northeast Asia.

    The Diplomat, March 29, 2018

  • Why Did Kim Jong Un Just Visit China?

    For months, China seemed to be a side player as relations improved between North Korea and South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's visit to Beijing underscores China's influence.

    The Atlantic, March 28, 2018

  • Kim in Beijing: Why Xi's still the one he needs to see

    While South Korea's Moon was in the driver's seat through February and March with North Korea, that period may have come to a close with Kim Jong Un's visit to Beijing.

    BBC, March 28, 2018

  • Trump and North Korea talks: Strange optics of the North Korea announcement

    When South Korea's national security adviser stood on the front lawn of the White House and delivered the news that North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump would meet by May, a piece of history was made, but all may not be as it seems.

    BBC, March 9, 2018

  • North Korea: Has diplomacy already peaked for the year?

    The first inter-Korean talks since 2015 are due to take place next week, but the optimism surrounding them could be fleeting.

    BBC, January 5, 2018

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