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India Arzan Tarapore NBR RAND Australia

I am a research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. 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 International AffairsJournal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs,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

A brief CV is available here. Click here to get in touch. 








In my latest publication, I question the conventional wisdom that nuclear deterrence kept the Kargil war limited. I argue India was restrained for other reasons, and those reasons no longer apply. In the next conflict, India won't be as restrained, & deterrence will be really tested. Read it and my other work on the Publications page.

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