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Major General (Retd) Dipankar Banerjee, retired prematurely from the Indian Army after 36 years of active service in August 1996 including as commander in some of India’s wars. This was in order to devote full time efforts at strategic studies and disarmament. Before retiring he commanded an Infantry Division in Jammu & Kashmir at a critical period in the insurgency in 1911-92.

Over the last 27 years, even while on active service, he was involved with strategic planning at the national level. He was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi from 1987-1990 and later its Deputy Director from 1992-96. Subsequently he was the founder and Co-Director of the autonomous think tank the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi from 1996 to 1999. From May 1999-2002 he was the Executive Director of the Colombo based South Asian think tank, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies. He next spent a year as a Jennings Randolph Fellow at the US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC before reverting as the Director and Head of the IPCS. During this period the IPCS emerged as a leading think tank on strategic and disarmament issues in all of Asia. In 2009 it won the coveted Prof Sondhi Award as the best strategic think tank in India.

Banerjee’s special areas of research interest are, India-China and India-Pak relations, confidence building measures, border security, China’s security and foreign policies, issues related to Indian security and disarmament, human security issues and security sector reforms. He has ben a Consultant to the UN on the panel of the Group of Governmental Experts Conventional Arms and prepared its report to the Secretary General. He has published and lectured extensively on these subjects in books, periodicals and journals and appears often in national and international media. He travels frequently to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, the USA and Europe and participates in international strategic disarmament and CBM dialogues.

Books   Chapters



Major General (Retd) Dipankar Banerjee
Mentor, IPCS
Trilateral Security Dialogue: India,China and Germany
KAS Publications, Series No.1, New Delhi 2004
Jammu & Kashmir : After the Earthquake
New Delhi: Samskriti, 2006
EU-India Relations: Beginning a New Era
KAS Publications, Series No.2, New Delhi 2005
NATO and European Dialogues with India
KAS Publications, Series No.4, New Delhi 2005
Emerging Challenges in UN Peacekeeping Operations an Indo-Japanese Dialogue
The Institute's research staff has published the following books in the last few years.

Responsibility to Protect: China’s VersionIPCS Commentary, No. 4176, 14 November 2013

An Overview of Contemporary Issues and RelationsIPCS Commentary, No. 4157, 31 October 2013

China’s Defence Chief Visit: A Call OverdueIPCS Commentary, No. 3719, 10 September 2012

Special Commentary: Resolving the ‘Siachen’ DisputeIPCS Commentary, No. 3613, 26 April 2012

Seeking Alternatives to Nuclear Deterrence in IndiaIPCS Commentary, No. 3419, 29 June 2011

The Future of Nuclear NonproliferationIPCS Commentary, No. 3395, 2 June 2011

Defence Spending: China and IndiaIPCS Commentary, No. 3346, 19 March 2011

India’s Bangladesh MomentIPCS Commentary, No. 3340, 7 March 2011

India-Japan Relations: Potential and PossibilitiesIPCS Commentary, No. 3336, 3 March 2011

To a Guru (KS): A Personal TributeIPCS Commentary, No. 3326, 8 February 2011

New START Ratification: Future Possibilities?IPCS Commentary, No. 3310, 4 January 2011

Obama’s Annual Af-Pak Review: Need for a ReappraisalIPCS Commentary, No. 3309, 3 January 2011

China at 60 - The Military DimensionIPCS Commentary, No. 3002, 11 November 2009

China's Defence White Paper- Part 2IPCS Commentary, No. 1611, 10 January 2005

China's New Defence White Paper- Part 1IPCS Commentary, No. 1610, 10 January 2005

Towards a More Secure World (Part 2) - The UN High Level Panel's ReportIPCS Commentary, No. 1609, 6 January 2005

Engaging Pakistan - The Composite Dialogue ProcessIPCS Commentary, No. 1458, 12 August 2004

India-China Border TalksIPCS Commentary, No. 1449, 2 August 2004

Policy to Counter Hostage-takingIPCS Commentary, No. 1444, 27 July 2004

Kashmir: A Trip ReportIPCS Commentary, No. 1406, 12 June 2004

Future Threats: Challenges and Collective ActionsIPCS Commentary, No. 1373, 19 April 2004

Nepal: Current Situation and Future ChallengesIPCS Commentary, No. 1363, 13 April 2004

The Crisis in Nepal and India’s Response IIIPCS Commentary, No. 1342, 18 March 2004

The Crisis in Nepal and India’s Response IIPCS Commentary, No. 1341, 18 March 2004

The SAARC Summit and AfterIPCS Commentary, No. 1270, 14 January 2004

The War in Sri LankaIPCS Commentary, No. 1204, 10 November 2003

India-Pakistan Imbroglio over CBMsIPCS Commentary, No. 1200, 6 November 2003

International Security Environment Ă¢â‚¬â€œ III: Challenges to IndiaIPCS Commentary, No. 1183, 21 October 2003

International Security Environment Ă¢â‚¬â€œ II: A Brief Overview of the International EnvironmentIPCS Commentary, No. 1182, 20 October 2003

International Security Environment Ă¢â‚¬â€œ I: Recent Developments and Characteristics of the EraIPCS Commentary, No. 1181, 20 October 2003

Jiang's US Visit: The Strategic PerspectiveIPCS Commentary, No. 34, 2 December 1997

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