© 2018 all photographs and content by Arzan Tarapore

I am a non-resident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Combining a PhD with 13 years of government experience, my research focuses on strategy, military effectiveness, and Indo-Pacific security issues. I am also an adjunct at the RAND Corporation, and previously held research positions at the East-West Center in Washington, and the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. My work has been published in the Journal of Strategic StudiesThe Washington Quarterly, Joint Force Quarterly, the Washington Post Monkey Cage, War on the Rocks, The Hill, the Indian Express, Brookings' Lawfareand Lowy's Interpreter

Prior to my scholarly career, I served 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. 


For the Center for a New American Security, I have a paper exploring ways to strengthen the US-India defense relationship. I argue that the assumptions underlying current policy are outdated and risk strategic failure; the U.S. should instead seek a partnership that is more focused and resilient, by focusing on a denial strategy in the Indian Ocean.

Available on the Publications page.