Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, heading its national security program. He is a journalist who specializes in national security, especially maritime affairs.

Joshi has had a long-term interest in national security matters. In 2011, he was appointed by the Government of India to the Task Force on National Security chaired by Naresh Chandra to propose reforms in the national security system of the country.

He has been a member of the National Security Council’s Advisory Board and has authored several papers in professional journals and contributed chapters to scholarly works on South and Southeast Asia.

Joshi has a Ph.D. from the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University and has held visiting appointments in several universities and defense institutions such as the Navy War College, the National Defence College, and the Defence Services Staff College. He is a regular participant in symposiums organized by the Indian Navy.

In recent years, he has focused on the rise of China. His most recent publication is “The South China Sea Disputes: Territorial Claims, Geopolitics, and International Law,” ORF Occasional Paper, August 2016 (Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi).

Last Updated: August 7, 2017



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