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Arzan Tarapore, PhD

  • Research Scholar at APARC

Shorenstein APARC
Stanford University
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Biography

Arzan Tarapore is a Research Scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, where he is charged with restarting APARC's research effort on South Asia.

Tarapore’s research focuses on security issues in South Asia and the rapidly evolving strategic landscape of the wider Indo-Pacific. Prior to his scholarly career, he served for 13 years in the Australian Defence Department in various analytic, management, and liaison positions, including operational deployments and a diplomatic posting to the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC.

His academic work has been published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, The Washington Quarterly, Asia Policy, and Joint Force Quarterly, among others, and his policy commentary frequently appears on platforms such as the Hindu, the Indian Express, The National Interest, the Lowy Institute's Interpreter, the Brookings Institution’s Lawfare, and War on the Rocks.

Tarapore joined APARC in September 2020. He previously held research positions at Georgetown University, the East-West Center in Washington, the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, and the RAND Corporation.

He earned a PhD in war studies from King's College London, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) from the University of New South Wales. Follow his commentary on Twitter @arzandc and his website at arzantarapore.com.

publications

Journal Articles
August 2021

Almost Parity: Understanding the India-Pakistan Conventional Military Balance

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Almost Parity: Understanding the India-Pakistan Conventional Military Balance
Journal Articles
July 2021

Indian Ocean Strategic Futures

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Indian Ocean Strategic Futures
Policy Briefs
June 2021

Mitigating the Risk of a China–India Conflict

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Mitigating the Risk of a China–India Conflict

Current research

In The News

Kari Bingen discusses Indian national security
News

APARC’s South Asia Initiative Sets Forth a New Agenda for Indian Competitiveness

The inaugural conference of APARC's South Asia Initiative convened experts from the public and private sectors to examine the role that critical and emerging technologies can play in India’s national security and generate new pathways for U.S.-India cooperation.
APARC’s South Asia Initiative Sets Forth a New Agenda for Indian Competitiveness
Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean
Commentary

AUKUS Is Deeper Than Just Submarines

While the Australia-UK-US security pact shows a seriousness about naval power, the biggest story is the radical integration of leading-edge defense technology and a new approach to alliances, South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore argues.
AUKUS Is Deeper Than Just Submarines
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rides in a tank at Longewala in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, 14 November 2020.
Commentary

India, China, and the Quad’s Defining Test

The Ladakh crisis between China and India seems to have settled into a stalemate, but its trajectory could again turn suddenly. If it flares into a limited conventional war, one of its incidental victims could be the Quad.
India, China, and the Quad’s Defining Test
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