Gurmeet Kanwal

Adjunct Fellow (Non-Resident), Wadhwani Chair on U.S.-India Policy Studies

Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Ret.) is a distinguished fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is former director of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) in New Delhi (January 2008-March 2012). Brig. Kanwal commanded an infantry brigade on the Line of Control with Pakistan and an artillery regiment in counterinsurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley. He has served as deputy assistant chief of Integrated Defence Staff (IDS); director MO-5, Directorate General of Military Operations, Indian Army Headquarters; and military observer, UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG), Namibia. He has also served as director for security studies at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi and senior fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. He has been a visiting research scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre (CMC) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at other think tanks in London and Singapore. Brig. Kanwal is the author or editor of several books, including Nuclear Defence: Shaping the Arsenal (Knowledge World International, 2001); Indian Army: Vision 2020 (HarperCollins, 2008); and The New Arthashastra: A Security Strategy for India (HarperCollins, 2016).

Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal's report on strategic stability in South Asia published in May 2017.

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Email: gurmeetkanwal [at]