shashank-profile-croppedI am Senior Policy Fellow for International Affairs at Renewing the Centre, a new policy unit within the Tony Blair Institute. I am also Senior Research Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. My primary interests are in international politics, and particularly the foreign and security policy of India. More broadly, I am interested in defence, nuclear, and intelligence issues in South Asia, as well as East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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’ve 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’ve 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.