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Indian Power Projection: New Delhi's Capabilities and Intentions by Shashank Joshi (Harvard University and RUSI)

  • Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Manor Road Oxford OX1 3UQ (map)

A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm before the seminar. 

India's post-independence military history has been written on its disputed land borders with Pakistan and China, and India's force structure and posture remain focused on these local threats. But India is also establishing the nucleus of a military power projection capability that could allow it to influence events throughout the Indo-Pacific. How significant is this capability, and what are its limitations? More broadly, how should we think about and measure power projection in general, beyond the Indian case? This session is based on the recently published RUSI Whitehall Paper Indian Power Projection: Ambition, Arms and Influence.

Shashank Joshi is a Senior Research Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a PhD Candidate at the Department of Government, Harvard University. His most recent book is Indian Power Projection: Arms, Influence and Ambition, published in RUSI’s Whitehall Paper series in 2016. The Financial Times praised it as “admirably lucid”, and The Diplomat called it “the most up-to-date compendium of information on India’s hard power toolkit”.