Strategic Studies

As India sheds its role as a balancing power and moves towards becoming a leading power in its own right, ORF Strategic Studies Programme contributes to the growing public debate around the purpose of India’s power. Through a mix of deep-dive publications, incisive interventions, and flagship events, the programme focuses on core national security and foreign policy issues of our times. Programme scholars blend strategic theory and penetrating case studies to craft policy interventions that seeks to shape India’s engagement with a world in flux.

Modi and CHOGM 2018: Reimagining the Commonwealth

Africa’s ‘Agenda 2063’: A document of hope

BIMSTEC and Japan: Exploring prospects for renewed cooperation

India’s maritime connectivity: Importance of the Bay of Bengal

Power and transformation: Jayantanuja Bandyopadhyaya’s hybrid International Relations theory

India and non-proliferation export control regimes

Reclaiming the Indo-Pacific: A political-military strategy for Quad 2.0

Drones: Guidelines, regulations, and policy gaps in India

The brown chameleon: Europe’s populism crisis and the re-emergence of the far right

Defence Primer 2018: An Indian Military in Transformation?

The new India-US partnership in the Indo-Pacific: Peace, prosperity and security

Raisina Files: Debating the world in the Asian Century

Today’s capabilities, tomorrow’s conflicts

Prospects for EU–India Security Cooperation

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Arka Biswas

Arka is currently pursuing projects on India’s nuclear weapons policy and doctrine, and India's membership to the export control groups. His research areas include nuclear weapons policy, non-proliferation, disarmament and security.

K. Yhome

K. Yhome is a Senior Fellow with ORF's Neigbhourhood Regional Studies Initiative. His research interests include India’s regional diplomacy, regional and sub-regionalism in South and Southeast Asia, the Bay of Bengal

Abhijnan Rej

Abhijnan Rej is a Fellow in the Strategic Studies Programme. His current research revolves around Indian grand strategy, India’s China and Pakistan policies, and theory and practice of limited wars.

Ritika Passi

Ritika Passi is Project Editor and Associate Fellow at ORF. Her research focuses on issues of connectivity, security and development. She is currently working on the Belt and Road Initiative and the

Kriti M. Shah

Kriti Shah is a Junior Fellow with ORF. Her research focuses on Afghanistan and Pakistan's foreign and domestic policy, their relationship with each other, the United States and the Taliban. Her other

Kartik Bommakanti

Kartik Bommakanti is an Associate Fellow with the Strategic Studies Programme at the ORF. He is currently working on a project centered on India’s Space Military Strategy vis-à-vis China. Bommakanti

Kabir Taneja

Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow with Strategic Studies programme. His research focuses on India’s relations with West Asia, specifically looking at the domestic political dynamics, terrorism, non-state militant actors and the