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  • Vivek Chadha

    Research Fellow
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    Colonel (retd.) Vivek Chadha served in the Indian Army for 22 years before taking premature release. He joined MP-IDSA in November 2011. His research focus covers counter insurgency, counter terrorism and terrorism finance. His publications include: "India's Counterinsurgency Campaign in Mizoram," in SumitGanguly and David Fidler, ed., India and Counterinsurgency – Lessons Learned (Routledge, 2009); Indo-US Relations – Divergence to Convergence (Macmillan, 2008); Low Intensity Conflicts in India(Sage, 2005); and Company Commander in Low Intensity Conflicts(Lancers, 1997).

    Publications at MP-IDSA [+]

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

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    • Research Fellow, MP-IDSA, Col. Vivek Chadha’s article on ‘India executed manoeuvre warfare in 1971. It has answers to China’s LAC misadventures too’ has been published in 'The Print' on July 31, 2020.

      Col. Chadha argues that while India should block China along the LAC, pressure can be built in the oceanic region. Block surfaces and hit the gaps, to create collapse of enemy intent, the essence of manoeuvre warfare.


      July 31, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. Vivek Chadha's article titled 'In mountains, China’s military prowess has a vertical limit. 1962 is a half truth', has been published in ‘The Print’ on July 27, 2020.

      Col. Chadha argues in favour of India's strength against China given its experience of fighting in mountains and the challenges an attacker faces. He also highlights past achievements that debunk ‘military strength through numbers’ logic often being quoted these days.

      July 27, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. Vivek chadha's article on Galwan Valley clash, titled 'Galwan Valley’s Tactical Incident Will Have a Strategic Impact' has been published by News18 on June 20, 2020.


      June 20, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. Vivek Chadha’s article on the Tour of Duty (ToD) proposal of the Indian Army, titled ‘Tour of Duty: Explosive Idea or Dud Grenade?’ has been published by News18 on May 18, 2020.

      The article offers several suggestions for the proposal to succeed and serve the purpose it is intended to achieve.

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      May 18, 2020
      IDSA News
    • It is time that the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are converted into an opportunity to upgrade and evolve the present method of human interaction prevalent in think tanks across the world.

      May 04, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • The large scale social and economic disruption caused by COVID-19 has brought to our attention the socio-economic plight of urban migrant workers and the need for a more effective information dissemination.

      April 13, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • The adverse impact of lowering of colour service of soldiers below pensionable service will not only be felt at the structural and functional level but also the psychological level.

      February 14, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • The Sino-Indian boundary dispute remains the most enduring and challenging problem that bedevils relations between India and China. With a history of well over a century of differences on the border alignment, and a war that represented its lowest point in their relations, the two countries remain suspicious of each other’s motives, actions and statements emanating from them and their possible implications.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The Indian Army is in the process of a transformative effort, envisaging changes not only at the apex level, within the Army Headquarters, but also in the field, with the concept of Integrated Battle Groups likely to be implemented soon. The past record of major changes within the army suggests an incremental approach, and also disconnect between doctrinal thought and restructuring. The only exception were the changes post the 1975 military reforms.

      Journal of Defence Studies
      • Publisher: KW Publishers
      The Kargil conflict was fought 20 years ago. However, it continues to remain relevant for strategic analysts, military historians, academics, armed forces personnel and diplomats. This book, delves into the structures, planning processes and procedures adopted while pursuing diplomacy, higher direction of war and strategic communications, on both sides of the Line of Control during the Kargil conflict. In doing so, existing arguments are challenged and alternative conclusions drawn. This includes the debate around the decision not to cross the LoC during operations, the decision making process involved with the employment of air power and limitations of existing strategic communication structures of the armed forces, as observed during the conflict.

      The second part of the book employs Kargil and the succeeding 20 years, as the basis for analysing the changing character of war. This includes a study of its implications on the notion of victory and shifts needed while pursuing diplomacy, higher direction of war and strategic communications. It also introduces the concept of finite and infinite game theory to conflicts in the sub-continental context, in an attempt to contextualise it through a fresh perspective.

      • ISBN: 978-93-89137-13-2,
      • Price: ₹.880/-
      • E-copy available