Failing to Deliver: Defense Reforms in India

Posted: March 25, 2011 in News and Views

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an Asia Pacific Security Seminar

Mr. Anit Mukherjee
Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi 
and Discussant:
Dr. Stephen P. Cohen
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
Following the Kargil War in 1999, a conflict between India and Pakistan which took place along the Line of Command (LOC), defense reforms were set in place by the Indian government, especially within the national security agencies. Despite some incremental progress, Mr. Anit Mukherjee argues that these reforms have failed to deliver due to bureaucratic politics and the unique features of civil-military relations. In this presentation, which will be based on his recently published Occasional Paper, “Failing to Deliver: Defense Reforms in India,” Mr. Mukherjee will examine the defense reforms process in India and explore the prospects for re-visiting this process. Dr. Stephen P. Cohen will discuss the impact of Indian civil-military relations on the US-India strategic partnership.
Thursday, March 31
 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Lunch will be served.
East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room*
This event is free and open to the public.
To RSVP, please click here:
Kindly send your reply by March 30. Please note that seating is limited.
Anit Mukherjee is a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, and is also a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His dissertation focuses on civil military relations in India. Mr. Mukherjee previously worked at RAND Corporation as a Summer Associate, and prior to joining SAIS, he was a Major in the Indian Army. His writing has been published in the New York Times, India Review, Wall Street Journal (Asia) and Indian Express, among others publications. Mr. Mukherjee is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, and earned his M.A. at SAIS, concentrating in South Asia Studies and Strategic Studies.

Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, which he joined in 1998 after a career at the University of Illinois. Dr. Cohen has also previously served on the Policy Planning Staff of the State Department. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Arming without Aiming: India Modernizes its Military (2010). Currently, he is working on a book which focuses on the intractability of India-Pakistan relations. Dr. Cohen received his PhD in Political Science and Indian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and in 2004, was named as one of America’s five hundred most influential people in the area of foreign policy.


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