I am the South Asia research scholar at Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Research Center, where I lead the recently restarted South Asia Initiative. 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, Intelligence and National Security, 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.
My latest peer-reviewed scholarly article is a departure from South Asia studies; a project on another theoretical passion, intelligence studies. In this paper I argue the orthodoxy on intelligence-policymaker relations can sometimes impede good estimative analysis. I offer an alternative approach, which I call "the view from somewhere," and illustrate it with the case of US intelligence failure during the Iranian revolution. Read the article here, and see more of my work on the Publications page.