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  • Vivek Chadha

    Senior Fellow
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    Col Vivek Chadha (Retd), served in the Indian Army for 22 years prior to taking premature retirement to pursue research.  He joined the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in November 2011 and is a Senior Fellow at the Military Affairs Centre.

    Colonel Chadha’s areas of research include counter terrorism and military studies. His single author books on counter terrorism include Low Intensity Conflicts in India: An AnalysisLifeblood of Terrorism: Countering Terrorism Finance and Company Commander in Low Intensity Conflicts. His single author books on military subjects include, Even if Ain’t Broke Yet, Do Fix It: Enhancing Effectiveness Through Military ChangeKargil: Past Perfect: Future UncertainCDS and Beyond: Integration of the Indian Armed Forces. He has also written the book, Indo-US Relations: From Divergence to Convergence.

    His current area of research focusses on the strategic lessons of the Mahabharata.

    He was part of the team that wrote the Indian Army’s first Sub Conventional Doctrine in 2006.

    Col Chadha is on the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Defence Studies.

    Publications at MP-IDSA [+]

    1. Even if It Ain't Broke Yet Do Fix It: Enhancing Effectiveness Through Military Change

    Select Publications

    • The Occasional Paper employs the dharmic viewpoint of the Mahabharata to derive the fundamental elements of ancient Indian strategic thought. It evaluates the role of dharma as it shapes war as a defining element of strategic thought.

      IDSA Occasional Papers
    • The Indian way of conceptualising war, employment of force, use of diplomacy, guidance for soldiering and capability development has a long and rich tradition that emerges from texts like the Mahabharata.

      November 22, 2023
      Issue Brief
    • International cooperation is the key to curbing the menace of terrorism finance more effectively.

      December 09, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col Vivek Chadha’s article ‘Challenges galore in preventing terror funding’ has been published in ‘The Tribune’ on 16 November 2022.

      We tend to forget the role of a State in the control, recruitment and funding of some terror groups. It is unimaginable to think of the LeT and JeM without linking them to the ISI and the Pakistan Army. They have raised, nurtured and employed these tools of modern warfare, often referred to as hybrid warfare, in pursuit of their strategic ends, says Col Chadha.

      November 16, 2022
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      India’s decisive and historic victory in the 1971 India–Pakistan War is considered to be one of the landmark geopolitical events in the history of the sub-continent. One of the shortest wars in world history, fought for a mere 13 days, the lightning campaign brought about a change in the world’s perception of India, marking its recognition as an important regional power.

      The combined impact created by the resolute people of Bangladesh and the professional approach of the Indian state, successfully converted a catastrophe of epic proportions into a victory of the people, won through their stoic resolve and the professionalism of the armed forces.

      There have been a number of books, memoirs and articles over the years that have documented first-person and academic accounts of events that marked this period of history. Not surprisingly, most were written during the period succeeding the war and after the birth of Bangladesh. This book is an attempt to evaluate events with the benefit of a five-decade time lapse. In doing so, the focus remains firmly on the military aspects of the war, accompanied by a brief account of political events, diplomacy, influence of major powers, public perception and the role of Mukti Bahini.

      • ISBN:9789390095698 ,
      • Price: ₹ 1495
      • E-copy available
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col Vivek Chadha’s article ‘Modi Govt Must Utilise the Pause Period in CDS Rawat’s Replacement and Fine-tune the Role’, has been published in ‘The Print’ on 23 May 2022.

      Two aspects deserve a closer look: Should India continue with the triple-hatted appointment of the CDS? What should be the scope of their operational mandate?, says Col Chadha.

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      May 23, 2022
      IDSA News
    • The Indian subcontinent marked 50 years of the 1971 Indo-Pak War or the Bangladesh liberation war: on 16 December 2021. While this event was commemorated in India and Bangladesh, it is a time for introspection for Pakistan.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col Vivek Chadha’s article ‘Transformation of the Indian Armed Forces: Future Challenges’ has been published by the University of Pennsylvania, on 25 April 2022.

      April 25, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col Vivek Chadha’s article ‘Russia fighting conventional war against unconventional Ukraine has a lesson for India’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 24 March 2022.

      A tank-versus-tank battle works when both countries are following a finite warfare strategy. But Ukraine’s objective is not the military defeat of Russia’s forces, says Col Chadha.

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      March 24, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. Vivek Chadha’s book ‘CDS and Beyond Integration of the Indian Armed Forces’ has been published by KW Publishers.

      The book undertakes a focussed assessment of the changes that commenced with the appointment of CDS. This includes the role and inter-se co-relation between major stake holders and defence departments.

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      August 24, 2021
      IDSA News