On this page you will find my main streams of current, ongoing research. Where relevant, I have linked to completed publications, although they are generally only the earliest outputs of the research agenda. I'm always keen to discuss - please contact me to start a conversation.
Why do states often fail to achieve their policy goals in war, even if they meet their operational military objectives? This problem lies at the heart of strategy, and is a common policy challenge facing leaders and planners. This stream of research is the core of my book project. I offer a theoretical framework that explains strategic effectiveness - how states' wartime strategic actions shape war outcomes. I use case studies of India's conflicts in 1965, 1971, 1987-90, and 1999 to show how variable strategic actions led to variable policy outcomes. This research, based on archives, first-hand accounts, and interviews, contributes to our historiographical understanding of modern South Asian military history, and also to our theoretical understanding of the sources and effects of military strategy-making.
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