Lt Gen (Dr) VK Ahluwalia, PVSM, AVSM**, YSM, VSM (Retd) | Director, CLAWS

In a career that spanned over 40 years in the Indian Army, he retired as the Army Commander, Central Command in 2012. Thereafter, he served as a Member, Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), Jaipur – Jodhpur Benches, for four years, presently he is the Director CLAWS. Amongst the highest decorated generals, he commanded an Infantry Brigade in Uri Sector (2001-02), Mountain Division in Kargil (2005-06) and Corps in Leh -Ladakh Sector (2008-09). He was the first Indian Brigadier to attend the National Defence Course (NDC), at Dhaka (Bangladesh), in 2003. As a young helicopter pilot, he was based in Srinagar and Leh, where he flew extensively in the Kashmir valley and the Ladakh region. A pioneer of Bofors Guns, he was the first batch of officers to be trained in Sweden, and raising the first sub unit of the Bofors guns of Indian Army in 1986-87.

While commanding the formation in Kargil, his Division was awarded the BNHS National Green Governance Award 2005 by the Prime Minister of India, for conceiving and implementing the unique concept, ‘Operation Green Curtain’. As a Brig, he was responsible for the deployment of Indian troops on UN missions abroad. He was the Director General Military Training (DGMT) for three years. A Doctorate in ‘Internal Security and Conflict Resolution’, he has also authored a book, Red Revolution 2020 and Beyond, and co-edited Surprise, Strategy and ‘Vijay’: 20 Years of Kargil and Beyond and COVID-19 & Its Challenges: Is India Future Ready?

Brig Girish Joshi | CI, PROMEX

Brigadier Girish Joshi is working at CLAWS as Chief Instructor Promotion Exams Pre Course Correspondence Cell (PROMEX). He is reemployed with the Indian Army post retirement after more than 35 years of Service. The officer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy from where he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. During his service, he has had varied experience in command and staff appointments in the Army and worked on major military engineering and Infrastructure construction projects for the Army, Navy and Air Force. He retired in July 2020 from the post of Chief Engineer, Director General Naval Projects,Visakhapatnam.

He is an Engineering Graduate from the JawaharLal Nehru University (College of Military Engineering, Pune), post graduate in Defence Studies from the Madras University (Defence Services Staff College, Wellington) and post graduate in Defence Management Studies from the Osmania University (College of Defence Management, Secunderabad). The officer has also served as an Instructor at the College of Military Engineering for two years and a Directing Staff at College of Defence Management for two years.

Dr. Manjari Singh | Chairperson, University Cell

Dr. Manjari Singh is Associate Fellow at Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). She obtained her doctorate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for her thesis on Sustainable Development in Jordan: A Study of Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions. Dr. Singh is a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellow Her research papers have appeared in international journals such as Contemporary Review of the Middle EastMediterranean Quarterly, and Migration and Development and others. She has co-authored a book titled Persian Gulf 2018: India’s Relations with the Region (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan) and has co-edited two books on Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation (New Delhi: Knowledge World) and Challenges to National Security: Young Scholars’ Perspective (New Delhi: Pentagon Press) She also served as Assistant Editor of Contemporary Review of the Middle East (New Delhi: Sage Publications) and Managing Editor, CLAWS Journal (New Delhi: KW Publishers). Dr. Singh concentrates on Middle Eastern Affairs, India-Middle East Relations, Gulf Studies, Non-traditional Securities, and Sustainable Development.

Mr. Vaibhav Kullashri | Programme Coordinator, University Cell

Vaibhav Kullashri is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi. He obtained his master degree in Defense, strategic and geopolitics studies from H N B Garhwal University, Uttrakhand. Mr. Kullashri is UGC-NET qualified and has taught defense studies as Assistant professor (guest faculty) in SGRR University, Dehradun (2018-19). He was research associate on defense studies with the Kootneeti Pvt Ltd (2020) and has interned with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) (2021). Mr. Kullashri concentrates on China’s foreign policy, the PLA, internal security, and insurgency in Kashmir and northeast India.