shashank-profile-croppedI am Defence Editor at The Economist, where I write on a wide range of military, nuclear, intelligence and other security issues. I was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. I have published extensively on the foreign and security policy of India, as well as wider international relations.

I hold a master’s degree from Harvard, and previously graduated with a Starred First in politics and economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. During 2007-8, I was a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. I have taught both economics and politics, as a supervisor and teaching fellow, at Cambridge and Harvard. I am a graduate of the Columbia-Cornell Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS). During 2015-16, I was a Research Associate at the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University. I have lectured to the UK Defence Academy on a regular basis, as well as to a range of other political, diplomatic, and military audiences in Britain, Europe, and Asia. I have also given evidence to the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee and Defence Committee several times.

My most recent book is Indian Power Projection: Arms, Influence and Ambition, published in RUSI’s Whitehall Paper series in 2016 [Amazon]. The Financial Times praised it as “admirably lucid”, and The Diplomat called it “the most up-to-date compendium of information on India’s hard power toolkit”.

For a full list of writings, see here.

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