Kanishkan Sathasivam

Kanishkan Sathasivam

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-333E
Phone: 978-542-7435
Email: kanishkan.sathasivam@salemstate.edu
Resume: Kanishkan Sathasivam [DOC 143KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1452 01 POL251 Introduction to International Relations
1466 01 POL400 Capstone Seminar in Political Science
1952 01 POL340 American Foreign Policy

Professional Biography

Kanishkan Sathasivam received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. He also has an M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. degree from Saint Louis University, both of these in Aerospace Engineering. He is a professor of Political Science and department chair at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, where he teaches numerous courses in International Relations and especially in the areas of international security, international political economy, and foreign policy analysis. His research interests include the enduring rivalry between India and Pakistan, rivalry and conflict in Asia and the Middle East, the geopolitics of established and emerging major powers, and nuclear weapons proliferation. His publications include two monographs, Uneasy Neighbors: India, Pakistan and US Foreign Policy (2005) and Keeping Up with the Joneses: Modeling Arms Races as Multi-State System Processes (2009). He has also provided academic consultant services to National Security Innovations, Inc. and Science Applications International Corporation.

Professional Interests

Nuclear weapons proliferation and counter-proliferation

Great Power geopolitics and rivalry among the United States, China and Russia

The geopolitics of the newly emerging powers

The enduring rivalry between India and Pakistan

International security and foreign policy processes in Asia and the Middle East

Multi-state arms race processes

Political risk assessment


Courses taught at Salem State University:

POL 101 Understanding the Political World

POL 110 Honors Understanding the Political World

POL 251 Introduction to International Relations

POL 271 Introduction to Comparative Politics

POL 300 Introduction to Research in Political Science

POL 340 American Foreign Policy

POL 352 Issues in International Relations

POL 354 International Cooperation and Governance

POL 356 International Security and Conflict Resolution

POL 360 International Relations and the Global Economy

POL 362 Globalization and Geopolitics in the 21st Century

POL 374 Politics of India and South Asia

POL 375 Politics of the Middle East

POL 379 Politics of the Developing Countries

POL 400 Capstone Seminar: Topics in Political Science

POL 500 Directed Study in Political Science

Selected Publications

Sathasivam, Kanishkan (2012). “Does Pakistan Have a Foreign Policy?” Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) & Minerva Research Initiative, South Asia Stability Assessment Academic Consortium, 31 October 2012, ed. George Popp, Carley St. Clair and Sarah Canna. Washington, DC and Boston, MA: National Security Innovations, Inc.

Sathasivam, Kanishkan (2009). Keeping Up with the Joneses: Modeling Arms Races as Multi-State System Processes. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM.

Sathasivam, Kanishkan (2007). “Afghanistan.” In Civil Wars of the World: Major Conflicts Since World War II – Volume I, ed. Karl DeRouen, Jr. and Uk Heo. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Sathasivam, Kanishkan (2005). Uneasy Neighbors: India, Pakistan and US Foreign Policy.Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Sathasivam, Kanishkan (2005). “Pakistan.” In Defense and Security: A Compendium of National Armed Forces and Security Policies – Volume II, ed. Uk Heo and Karl DeRouen, Jr. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Sathasivam, Kanishkan, and Sahar Shafqat (2003). “In India’s Shadow: The Evolution of Pakistan’s Security Policy.” In Conflict in Asia: Korea, China–Taiwan, and India–Pakistan, ed. Uk Heo and Shale A. Horowitz. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Sathasivam, Kanishkan (2003). “‘No Other Choice’: Pakistan’s Decision to Test the Bomb.” In Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making, ed. Alex Mintz. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Personal Interests


Music: blues, classic rock, zydeco, calypso

Football: college and NFL

Science fiction and fantasy, including playing CRPGs