National Security Perspectives: A Critical Anthology of Writings by Gautam Sen

Gurmeet Kanwal

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An excellent anthology, deftly edited, with analyses of conceptual, policy and implementation challenges in national security, defence strategy and foreign policy … would be of value to both students of strategic affairs and practitioners of public policy.
P.S. Raghavan, Chairman, National Security Advisory Board

Professor Gautam Sen is one of the unsung high thinkers on security policy and strategic affairs in India. His recent work provides an Indian perspective on national and international Security Policy Making and has been ably and sensitively edited by Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal. This volume is a must read for students and practitioners.
Dr. Onkar Marwah, IAS and a Distinguished Fellow at IPCS , New Delhi

Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal has done a commendable job in editing some excellent and thought provoking essays written by Professor Gautam Sen over the last five years. Given their inextricable linkage, domestic and foreign, national security, economic and socio-political policies cannot be effectively framed or executed in silos. Thus this compilation should be most useful to scholars and policy makers alike.
Ronen Sen, Former Ambassador to the U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Russia & Mexico

Having read the papers published by Professor Gautam Sen earlier, Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal has created the Critical Anthology of Papers which will be perhaps the first of its kind in National Security and Strategic Studies. It offers a multi-dimensional approach in an interdisciplinary methodology. It will be of use to everyone who wishes to understand the complexities of Public Policy Making in Security Affairs
Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, National Institute of Advance Studies, Bangalore

Gurmeet Kanwal Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd) was the former director of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) in New Delhi (January 2008-March 2012). He was also a former distinguished fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi and a former adjunct fellow (Non-Resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. 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. 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).

Contents

Foreword

Preface

Copyright Acknowledgements

Introduction
Part-1 The Underpinnings: Concepts and Doctrine

1. Conceptualising Security and Security Studies
2. Global and Cooperative Security
3. The World in Transition: International Relations and Security in the 21st Century 41
4. Concept of National Security and National Security Strategy
5. Normative Aspects of National Security Strategy

Part-2 The Moorings: India’s Strategic Culture
6. Developing Strategic Culture
7. Professional Military Education in India: The Emerging Scenario
8. The Making of India’s Foreign Policy: Nehru to Modi
9. Streamlining National Security Decision Making

Part-3 The Foundations: Defence Policy
10. External Threats and Challenges
11. Jammu & Kashmir: Crisis of Identity
12. China’s New Silk Road: Strategic Implications
13. South China Sea: China’s Achilles Heel?

Part-4 The Sinews: Meeting Threats and Challenges
14. China-India Relations: The Way Ahead
15. The India-Pakistan Conundrum
16. Global and Regional Security Environment and India’s Strategic Options

 

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