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, Asia Policy, Joint Force Quarterly, the Washington Post Monkey Cage, War on the Rocks, the Hindu, and elsewhere; as well as by Carnegie India, CNAS, the Lowy Institute, ASPI, and others.
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 tweet @arzandc.
A brief CV is available here.
In this book chapter I assess the relative conventional military power of India and Pakistan. While India is in aggregate a much larger military power, the balance of usable force is almost parity. A range of factors - including technology, geography, and doctrine - render irrelevant much of India's quantitative advantages. Read the chapter here, order the whole excellent book here, and see more of my work on the Publications page.