CS3 - Research Faculty

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Maj Gen BK Sharma, AVSM, SM** (Retd), Deputy Director (Research) and Head Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS3)

Maj Gen BK Sharma, AVSM, SM** (Retd) is PSC, HC, NDC, MPhil (Twice), and PGDM. His prestigious Command and Staff assignments include, Senior Faculty Member at NDC, New Delhi, Command of a Mountain Division, BGS of a Corps, Principal Director Net Assessment, Defence Attaché in Central Asia and UN Military Observer in Central America. He specializes in Strategic Net Assessment, Scenario Building and Strategic Gaming. He writes for professional journals and participates in national and international events.

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Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan, AVSM, VSM (Retd)– Distinguished Fellow

Maj Gen Rajiv Narayananan was commissioned in the Armoured Corps; during his distinguished service of 38 years he has held many senior appointments in the Army including Cdr of an Armoured Brigade of an Armoured Division of a Strike Corps, GOC of a Mountain Division deployed on Counter Insurgency Operations in the North East and on the LAC with China, and as the ADGMO (B) for three years from where he super-annuated. He has also served as the DA in the Indian Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. An avid reader and a keen follower of IR and geopolitics, he specializes in China studies, military strategy, force structures, force & capability development and military technology. He has written many articles published in various magazine and journals.

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Maj Gen RPS Bhadauria, VSM (Retd) - Distinguished Fellow

After 36 years of Service, he retired from NDC, New Delhi where he was a faculty member. He has the unique distinction of being the first Chief of Staff of the Mountain Strike Corps. His command assignments include command of a newly raised Division in Arunachal Pradesh and brigade and battalion in Sikkim. He has served extensively on India’s Northern Borders in various other capacities. He was member of Army’s VI Pay Commission Cell and served in DRDO on project to develop computer war games for the Army. He attended courses on Politics and Strategic Affairs in Brazil in 2006 and NDC course in 2010.

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Group Captain Sharad Tewari, VM (Retd) - Senior Research Fellow

Gp Capt Sharad Tewari was commissioned into the flying branch of the IAF. He is an alumnus of Flying Instructors’ School, Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. He also attended an International Course on UN Peacekeeping at Nairobi (Kenya) in 2005. He is a recipient of Vayu Sena Medal. He has been a former Director (Net Assessment) at HQ Integrated Defence Staff and specialises in Net Assessment and Scenario Building. He has conducted a number of seminars as well as studies related to Net Assessment and a scenario building workshop. Presently, he is a Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS-3) at the USI. He has been part of the research team for two National Security Studies, on China and South Asia respectively, at USI. He has carried out an Environment Scan of Afghanistan for HQ IDS. He has been a guest speaker at OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat and CPR, New Delhi.

Research Project Subject: "India-China and Strategic Balance in South Asia"

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Dr (Mrs) Roshan Khanijo – Senior Research Fellow & Research Coordinator

Dr. Roshan Khanijo’s academic qualification includes BSc, MA and PhD. She has published a book titled “Complexities and Challenges of Nuclear India” and a Monogram “Iranian Nuclear Conundrum”. She was the member of the study team which did the Net Assessment on China and South Asia. She has carried out an Environmental Scan of Pakistan for HQIDS. She has been a panellist in various national and international panel discussions on nuclear issues. She presented a paper in the seminar organized by CIISS (China Institute for International and strategic Studies) in Beijing, and KNDU (Korean National Defence University) South Korea. She also took part in the discussions held by CICIR (China Institute of Contemporary International Relations) in Beijing She has written articles in national and foreign journals and regularly writes ‘Occasional Papers’ on strategic issues. She gave a guest lecture on “Net Assessment” in ARTRAC, Shimla and has been a guest speaker at OP Jindal Global University at Sonipat. Presently she is working as a Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator at the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS-3) at the USI.

Research Project Subject: "Net Assessment of Nuclear Balance of India and Pakistan"

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Brig Narender Kumar, SM, VSM (Retd) – Distinguished Fellow

Brig Narender Kumar, SM, VSM, was an Infantry Officer with close to 15 years’ experience in counter insurgency and anti-terrorism operations. He has served in Sri Lanka (Operation PAWAN), J&K and North East. He has been part of a UN Mission in North Africa and had tenure in the Indian Training Team in a foreign country. He has served as a Brigade Major in Western Theatre, Col Administration of a Division and Brig General Staff of an operational Area Headquarters responsible for Northern Borders. He commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in J&K and Assam Rifles Sector in North East. He is a former Senior Fellow Centre for Land Warfare Studies and COAS Chair of Excellence. He has authored a book on “Challenges in the Indian Ocean Regions and Response Options” and his second book “Rise of China 2030 : Implications for India” is under print. He has authored more than 100 research papers/ Chapter’s for books/ articles for various journals and web portals. His areas of interest are Internal Security, Indo Pacific, Conflict in West Asia and military reforms.

Research Project Subject: "Internal Security Dynamics of India’s Eastern Region; Implications and Response"

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Col Anurag Dwivedi, Senior Research Fellow

Commissioned into Corps of Signals in 1989, Col Anurag Dwivedi is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (BSc), Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (B Tech) and IIT Kharagpur (M Tech). The officer has commanded a Command Signal Regiment and has served in both Communication and Electronic Warfare units. Important staff appointments tenanted include Director Integrated Electronic Warfare Programme, PMO SURAJ and Deputy Director, DSA both at Army Headquarters. The officer has done three instructional tenures including as Commander, Faculty of Computer Technology & Systems and IT Wing. He has also served in the United Nations Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo. The officer has extensive experience of handling large projects in fields of Telecommunication as well as Electronic Warfare. He was part of the staff at a newly raised Divisional HQ in Arunachal Pradesh prior to joining USI as a Senior Research Fellow.

Research Project Subject: "Integrating Information Warfare (IW) Operations with Kinetic Means for achieving War Objectives : Impact on Force Structuring and Operational Doctrine"

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Col Shaman Chodha – Senior Research Fellow

An alumnus of NDA, Khadakwasla, Col Shaman Chodha was commissioned into the Corps of Artillery in Dec 1993. In a career spanning twenty four years, the officer has tenanted an array of appointments which include command of an Arty Regiment in North East and the first SMERCH Battery raised in the country. He has been an instructor in NDA, Khadakwasla, G1 (Ops) of an Assam Rifles Sector in Nagaland, Director Arty 2 (Ops) in Artillery Directorate at IHQ of MoD (Army) and Col GS (Ops) of an Infantry Division as part of Strike Corps in Western Theatre. A graduate of DSSC, Wellington, Higher Command Course, Mhow, he holds post graduate degrees in Weapon Technology and Strategic and Defence Studies from Pune University and Madras University respectively. He has done his M. Phil in Strategic Studies from Punjab University. He has also done SMERCH Weapon System Battery Commander course from Mikhailoskaya Artillery Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow with the USI of India.

Research Project Subject: “Subject: Pakistan’s Internal Security Challenges and the Army’s Ability to Overcome Them”

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Col Nihar Kuanr – Senior Research Fellow

Col Nihar Kuanr, after passing out from OTA Chennai, was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in Aug 1989. The officer commanded an Arty Regiment in deserts and in the valley, was AQ of a brigade as well as a division, Col Q in a command HQ, Deputy Commander in a strategic formation and Director Logistics in DGNCC. He has been awarded COAS, VCOAS as well as Army Commander’s Commendation card during his illustrious career. A graduate of DSSC, Wellington, he was awarded Lengtaign Medal for writing the best dissertation during the course. He holds post graduate degrees in Weapon Technology and Strategic and Defence Studies from Pune University and Madras University respectively. He has done his M. Phil in Defence and National Security studies from Panjab University. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow with the USI of India.

Research Project Subject: "China’s Mil Reforms and its impact on HRD and Lessons for India"

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Commander Subhasish Sarangi – Research Fellow

Commander Subhasish Sarangi was commissioned into the Electrical Branch of the Indian Navy in 1996. The officer has served onboard frontline warships (Indian Naval Ships Ranjit, Tabar, Trishul and Talwar), Naval Dockyard/WECORS and WESEE. He has post graduate degrees in Signal Processing and International Relations. His research interests include international relations, maritime security and cyber security. He is currently a Research Fellow at USI of India.

Research Project Subject: "Maritime Corridors in the Indo-Pacific: Geo-political Implications for India”

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Mr Gaurav Kumar – Associate Research Fellow

Mr Gaurav Kumar was a Researcher at Institute for Conflict Management. He has completed his Master’s in Development Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). As an Strategic Analyst, he has extensively published articles, journals, occasional papers on issues as regional security, peace and conflict, human rights, narcotics, crime, in addition to the traditional concerns with security both from internal and external threats in India and South Asia



Faculty Team Working On Current Projects

Chairs of Excellence

  • Admiral RD Katari Chair. - Vacant
  • Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee Chair. - Vacant
  • MEA Chair. - Brig Narender Kumar, SM, VSM (Retd)
  • Field Marshal KM Cariappa Chair - Mr Claude Arpi
  • Dr DS Kothari Chair. - Lt Gen (Dr) VK Saxena, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
  • Flying Officer Amandeep Singh Gill Chair. -

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Mr Claude Arpi

Mr Claude Arpi is an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) born in 1949 in Angoulême, France. After graduating as a Dental Surgeon from Bordeaux University, he came to India where he is settled since the past 42 years. He is the author of The Fate of Tibet (1999), Tibet, le pays sacrifié (2000), And Dark Shall be the Night: The Karma of Tibet (2001), Born in Sin: the Panchsheel Agreement (2004); and Glimpses of Tibetan History (2013). Three of his books have been published by Lancer Publishers, a military publishing house. • Tibet: The Lost Frontier (2008) • The Negotiations that never were: Dharamsala and Beijing (2009). • 1962: The McMahon Saga (2012) He has been regularly writing on Tibet, China, India, border and military issues and Indo-French relations for Rediff.com, DNA, The Pioneer, The Statesman, Asian Age, Geopolitics, Mail Today, The Diplomatist, etc. Claude has also written for the USI Journal, IDSA, the War College Journal (Mhow), Fauji Magazine, etc. He regularly lectures at think-tanks in India on China, Tibet, border issues; this includes NC, IDSA, USI and CLAWS. He has extensively worked in the National Archives of India as well as in the Nehru Library (Nehru Papers) on the Indian frontiers and particularly the Indian Frontier Administrative Service. His website carries the largest numbers of historical documents on subjects such as the Indo-China relations, the flight of the Dalai Lama in 1959 and the consequences for India, the 1962 Sino-Indian War, etc. Claude Arpi presently holds the Field Marshal KM Cariappa Chair of Excellence from the United Service Institution of India (USI) for his research on the Indian Presence in Tibet 1947-1962 (in 4 volumes).

Research Project Subject: "Relations between India, Tibet & China between 1947 and 1962"

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Lieutenant General (Dr) V K Saxena PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Lieutenant General (Dr) V K Saxena PVSM, AVSM, VSM is the former Director General of the Corp of Army Air Defence in the Indian Army. The General in his long and distinguished career in the Army, spanning over four decades has served in various command and staff appointments including active service in ‘Counter Insurgency’ environment in Jammu and Kashmir. He is the only Air Defence Officer who has had the honour to command the prestigious Army Air Defence College for two tenures. As Director General the General is credited to have taken the Corps of Army Air Defence many notches up in operational readiness through up-gradation of existing weapon systems and induction of new ones to include most notably, the Akash Weapon System, besides many others.

General Saxena is a United Nations scholar with an MPhil and PhD. He is also a Law scholar pursuing qualifications in Human Rights, Child Rights, Medical Law and Ethics from the prestigious National Law School of India University. The General is also a prolific writer. He has authored 5 books and has to his credit, more than 100 articles in various defence magazines. He is holding the Kothari (DRDO) Chair of Excellence at the USI where he is writing and editing a Book titled “Future Air Defence Needs of the Country"

Research Project Subject: "Future Needs of Ground Based Air Defence in the Country"

Photograph of Brig Narender Kumar, SM, VSM (Retd) – Distinguished Fellow

Brig Narender Kumar, SM, VSM (Retd) – Distinguished Fellow

Brig Narender Kumar, SM, VSM, was an Infantry Officer with close to 15 years’ experience in counter insurgency and anti-terrorism operations. He has served in Sri Lanka (Operation PAWAN), J&K and North East. He has been part of a UN Mission in North Africa and had tenure in the Indian Training Team in a foreign country. He has served as a Brigade Major in Western Theatre, Col Administration of a Division and Brig General Staff of an operational Area Headquarters responsible for Northern Borders. He commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in J&K and Assam Rifles Sector in North East. He is a former Senior Fellow Centre for Land Warfare Studies and COAS Chair of Excellence. He has authored a book on “Challenges in the Indian Ocean Regions and Response Options” and his second book “Rise of China 2030 : Implications for India” is under print. He has authored more than 100 research papers/ Chapter’s for books/ articles for various journals and web portals. His areas of interest are Internal Security, Indo Pacific, Conflict in West Asia and military reforms.

Research Project Subject: "Internal Security Dynamics of India’s Eastern Region; Implications and Response"

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Visiting Fellow, USI

Professor Nivedita Das Kundu

Nivedita Das Kundu, Ph.D, Resident Researcher in Practice and Director, India-Canada Project for Research and Innovation (CIPRI) at York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto, Canada. She is an Adjunct Professor, International Studies, Birla Institute of Management Technology & Board Director; Science for Peace, Canada. Her research expertise focusses on International Relations. Her publications include research papers, op-ed articles, books and monographs. Selected published books include: Russia and it’s Near Abroad: Strategic Dynamics and Implications; Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Rail-roads: Iron Ground for the Silk Road; Role of Russia in SCO: Possibilities and Challenges; Russia-India-China: Evolution of Geopolitical Strategic Trends; India-Russia Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Prospects; and India-Azerbaijan: The Silk Route Connection. Her latest books are: China’s One Belt One Road: Initiatives, Challenges and Prospects, and India’s Emerging Partnerships with Eurasia: Challenges of New Regionalism.

Distinguished Fellows, USI

  1. Shri P Stobdan
  2. Shri Rajiv Sikri, IFS (Retd)
  3. Shri Sanjay Singh, IFS (Retd)
  4. Lt Gen PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)
  5. Shri Mohan Guruswamy
  6. Prof S Kondapalli
  7. Prof Nirmala Joshi
  8. Shri Rana Banerji, IAS (Retd)
  9. Dr Sanjaya Baru
  10. Dr Gulshan Sachdeva
  11. Brig Rahul K Bhonsle, SM (Retd)
  12. Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, PVSM, AVSM, NM & Bar (Retd)
  13. Dr Adil Rasheed
  14. Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM (Retd)
  15. Air Marshal AK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)
  16. Dr Vinod Kumar Singh
  17. Shri Asoke Mukerji, IFS (Retd)
  18. Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
  19. Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd)
  20. Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed, IFS (Retd)

CENTRE FOR UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING (CUNPK)

MacGregor Medal