India Arzan Tarapore NBR RAND Australia

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 StudiesThe 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 live in Washington, DC, and tweet @arzandc

A brief CV is available here.

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In a new paper for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, I argue that the risk of a China-India conflict must not be ignored - because it is plausible, and could have grave implications for the Quad. See also the precis in the ASPI Strategist blog. Both available on the Publications page. 



In the latest Stanford APARC event, I'm in conversation with former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, discussing the U.S.-India partnership. Available here and on the Multimedia page.