I am the South Asia research scholar at Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Research Center, and a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research. My research focuses on military strategy, Indian defense policy, and Indo-Pacific security issues. I previously held research positions at the RAND Corporation, the East-West Center in Washington, and the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. I was also an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, where I taught the MA core class on Grand Strategy and Military Operations.
My work has been published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, The Washington Quarterly, Joint Force Quarterly, the Washington Post Monkey Cage, War on the Rocks, The Hill, the Indian Express, the Hindu, East Asia Forum, Brookings' Lawfare, and Lowy's Interpreter.
Prior to my scholarly career, I served for 13 years in the Australian Defence Department, in a variety of analytic, management, and liaison positions, which included a diplomatic posting to the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC. I hold a PhD in war studies from King's College London, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) from the University of New South Wales. I live in Washington, DC, and tweet @arzandc.
A brief CV is available here.
In a Special Report for the National Bureau of Asian Research, I develop a novel alternative-futures methodology to show that India's strategic preferences are not fixed. I draw three unlikely but plausible scenarios of future Indian strategy, and explore their implications for U.S. policy. The paper is available here and on the Publications page.