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Atul Bhardwaj is Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research with the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi.  He is an Ex- Indian Naval Aviator. He holds a graduate degree from National Defence Academy (NDA) Pune and a Master’s degree in “War Studies” from King’s College London. He is also a gold medalist in “International Law and Diplomacy” from the Society of International Law,” New Delhi.

He was Research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, where he published papers on “Globalization and National Security”. He writes a regular column (once in three months) on strategy in Economic and Political Weekly. He is also pursuing PhD in ‘political and ideological influences on Indian leadership leading to 1962 war’, from Ambedkar University, Delhi.

He has published several papers in refereed journals and edited books and also several articles and commentaries in leading international and national newspapers. He writes for Economic and Political Weekly, besides magazines like Frontline.  Atul has also worked as associate editor in “Business and Economy” magazine and was the founding editor of two defence magazines, ‘Purple Beret’ and ‘Salute”.

Debate: India Cannot Emulate Anwar Sadat’s Yom Kippur War Model
08 Sep 2020

We must not to give the US an opportunity to manipulate the Indian security establishment's penchant for surgical solutions to achieve Washington's strategic goals vis-a-vis China.

Biden will not bid for war to contain China
18 Aug 2020

If Biden wins in the upcoming elections, a shift in America’s China policy is on the cards.

Trump Opens the Door for a Deadlier Arms Race, and the Danger of 'Limited' Nuclear War
01 Jun 2020

His decision to walk away from the Open Skies Treaty is part of a pattern aimed at converting the bipolar era arms control regime into one which could unrestrain the US and hold China down.

China Is Not Alone in Adding to the Indian Ocean Woes
28 Apr 2018

The navalists of the world are ­smiling. The maritime domain is back in the reckoning. A new era of great power competition at sea has arrived.

Areas of interest

War History, Security and Diplomacy


Current Positions

    • Senior Fellow (ICSSR) Visiting at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi

Past Positions

    •  Naval Aviator, Indian Navy
    • Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi


    • MA. War Studies, King's College, London
    • BA. National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune

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