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Dinshaw J. Mistry

Title: Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies
Office: 1108 Crosley Tower
Tel: 513-556-3317
Email: mistrydj@ucmail.uc.edu

  Dinshaw Mistry is professor of political science and Asian studies at the University of Cincinnati. 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. 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. His additional writings appear in journals such as International SecuritySecurity StudiesAsian SurveyPolitical Science Quarterly, and Arms Control Today, and in the International Herald TribuneNew York Times, and Washington Post
  Dr. Mistry's current research projects examine regional nuclear challenges and the global arms control regime; the new dimensions of missile proliferation and missile defense; and US-India strategic relations and their implications for Asian security. 
  At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Mistry directed the program in Asian Studies, and also developed and administered the academic programs in security studies.


  • 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 Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Mistry, Dinshaw, Language Courses Salary Assistance, Japan Foundation. (17 JE 97), $120,000.00. 09-01-2005 to 07-01-2008.
  • (PI), Book Project: Nuclear Negotiations with India, Woodrow Wilson Center.
  • (PI), Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellowship.


Peer Reviewed Publications


Other Publications

  • “The MTCR, the Hague Code of Conduct, and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East,” book chapter in Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East (Routledge, 2012), pp.234-250. (co-authored).

    "The Complexity of Deterrence among New Nuclear States," book chapter in Complex Deterrence: Theory and Practice in a Complex Era (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

    "Assessing Iran's ICBM Capabilities," Arms Control Today, vol. 37, no. 8 (October 2007).

    "Nuclear Asia's Challenges," Current History, vol. 104, no. 681 (April 2005), pp.176-182.

    “The Technology, Politics, and Economics of Missile Defense,” Northwestern Journal of International Affairs, 1999.

Newspaper Article

  • Letters and Op-Eds (Select)
    "The Iran Nuclear Deal's Sunset Provisions," The Washington Post, April 25, 2018.

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

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

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

    "Negotiating with Iran," The New York Times, November 13, 2013.

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

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

    “How to End Pakistan’s Support for Militants,” The Washington Post, July 5, 2011.
    “Toward a Test Ban: Why a Treaty is Viable,” The New York Times, January 5, 2011.
    “Medium-Range Missiles,” The New York Times, September 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, February 4, 2009, with Charles Ferguson.
    “Moving Away from Missile Programs,” BostonGlobe, June 19, 2006, with Charles Ferguson.
    “A Nuclear Iran: What Can be Done,” The New York Times, January 17, 2006.
    “India’s Nuclear Option,” The New York Times, December 13, 2004.
    “Halting the Spread of Nuclear Arms,” The New York Times, December 28, 2003.
    “A Lesson from 1962 on Dealing with N. Korea,” The Washington Post, May 28, 2003.

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

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

Experience & Service

Courses Taught

  • Level: Both
    Comments: Courses Offered:
    • Graduate Proseminar: International Security Policy (POL 7082)
    • Graduate Proseminar: Politics, Security, and Development in South Asia (POL 7065)
    • International Cooperation (POL 5183/6083)
    • Security and Conflict in Asia (POL 3086)
    • Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control (POL 3093)
    • Survey of Asian Studies (ASIA 3050)