Col Shubhankar Basu, SM, VSM is a serving Army (Infantry) officer who specializes in High altitude warfare. He carries wide range of operational experience in high altitude & glaciated terrain, Counter Insurgency operations, deserts and in peace keeping operations in Africa under UN. Officer has served in Army HQs in Operations directorate and in human resources branch. The officer has Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic studies (Madras University) and in Management Studies (Osmania University). Officer has carried out research on “Reforms in United Nations” and on “Management of Non Empanelled officers to increase operational effectiveness of Indian Army”. As a part of the research fellowship at VIF, officer is focusing on “Changing nature of Collusive and Hybrid Warfare and implications for India”.

Contributions 
Suicide Attack in Kashmir - Rejuvenation amongst Terrorist Organisations of the World Post-Legitimising the Taliban The suicide bombing attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 Feb 19 is possibly one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country in recent times. The casualty figures being quoted by various news channels and newspapers vary from 39 to 4...

Review of Russia – Pakistan Defence Cooperation: Reflection of Emerging Geo-Political Realities In the last week of 2018, the new papers in India and Pakistan were flooded with the possibility of signing of a mega deal in defence cooperation between Russia and Pakistan involving SU-35 fighter air crafts, air defence systems and T-90 Tanks. Howe...

Visit of the Chinese Defence Minister: A Missed Opportunity to Establish Hot Line between the Two Armies? The Chinese Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe, visited India for four days, from 21 to 24 Aug 181. This visit was significant from more than one perspective. First, it was the first visit by a defence minister from China not ...

Issue Briefs 
Revival of Peace Initiatives in Afghanistan: Implications for India
Introduction
Seventeen years have passed since the American forces entered Afghanistan in October 2001 and ousted the Taliban. The massive crackdown forced the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban leaders to melt into Pakistan, where they replenished...

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