force in statecraft

Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar released a book titled ‘FORCE IN STATECRAFT’, an edited volume by Commandant of National Defence College (NDC) Air Marshal Diptendu Choudhury and President’s Chair of Excellence at NDC Air Vice Marshal (Dr) Arjun Subramaniam (Retd) in New Delhi on November 13, 2021.

Book Content

The book is a compilation of essays on topics viz., counter-insurgency operations, conflict in the North East, airpower, nuclear posture, etc. These give conceptual understanding and facets of India’s national security.

The contributors of the book are all stalwarts of the Armed Forces, who have vast operational experience and understanding of several important cornerstones of forces and their application. Since national security impacts every citizen, there has long been a need for a more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the instrument of force in statecraft, which this book hopes to bridge.

In his address, the Defence Secretary praised the efforts of Commandant NDC Air Marshal Diptendu Choudhury and President’s Chair of Excellence at NDC Air Vice Marshal (Dr) Arjun Subramaniam (Retd) for obtaining the views of a galaxy of eminent authors and compiling them in the form of a book in a short time. He termed the launch of the book as a leadership act of NDC and called upon similar think-tanks and training institutes across the country to come out with such initiatives to provide an understanding of the fast-evolving nature of statecraft.

This academic endeavor, the first of its kind from NDC, gives a wider national security discourse that would generate better ideas to proliferate and morph into better policies, strategies, and doctrines and how they can best be employed in current and future scenarios. It is a go-to book for policymakers, legislators, diplomats, academics, leadership at all levels in the various national security verticals.

The book has been endorsed by eminent personalities like former Governor of Jammu &Kashmir Shri NN Vohra; Director, Vivekananda International Foundation and former Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. Arvind Gupta; Professor of International Relation, King’s College London & Director of Research, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi Dr. Harsh V Pant and Prof Rajesh Rajagopalan, JNU.

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