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Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Dipankar Banerjee
Mentor, IPCS
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Dipankar Banerjee is a retired Major General of the Indian Army and an eminent defence, foreign policy, and strategic studies expert based in India. He is presently the Founding Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, India’s leading independent defence policy, foreign policy and strategic studies think tank based in Indian capital New Delhi.

General Banerjee served in the Indian Army for 36 years until his voluntary retirement in 1996. During his service he held many key command, staff and instructional appointments in India and attended the Staff College in Camberley, UK. His last active command in the army was as the Divisional Commander in Kashmir during 1991 – 1992. He has taught tactics and strategy at the Indian Military Academy, the College of Combat (now the Army War College) and the Defence Services Staff College in India. In recognition of his distinguished service to the Indian Army, General Banerjee received the prestigious military honour Ati Vishist Seva Medal (Highly Distinguished Service Medal) from the President of India.

General Banerjee also has a highly distinguished research career. He served as the deputy director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India’s premier defence and security studies think tank, where he was also a senior fellow. He then founded in 1996 the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, where he still serves as the director. From May 1999 to July 2002 he was the director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the only South Asian strategic studies institute. He held visiting fellowships at the United States Institute of Peace (Jennings Randolph Fellow) and The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, United States. He has been a consultant to the United Nations on the Conventional Arms Register and was an international adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross during 2000-2004.

His special areas of interest are South Asian foreign policies and security issues, confidence building measures, Asia-Pacific security with a special emphasis on China military policies, non-traditional security, counter terrorism, developments in ASEAN, Indo-US Relations and disarmament to include nuclear weapons elimination. He has published extensively on these subjects in books, periodicals and journals.

Areas of Interest:
Disarmament, Security Sector Reforms
Publications

Books:

# "Emerging Challenges in UN Peacekeeping Operations - An Indo-Japanese Dialogue" (Co Editor- 2005)
# "SAARC in the 20th Year: Meeting the Challenges of a New Era" (Chapter in Dev Raj Dahal, Nischal Nath Pandey eds New Life Within SAARC - IFA/FES, Nepal, 2005)
# "Jammu & Kashmir - Charting a Future" (Co Editor, 2005)
# "Rethinking Security: UN and the New threats" (New Delhi, India Research Press, 2005) (Editor)
# "Nepal-Where Do We Go From Here?", IPCS Issue Brief 30, April 2005.
# "EU-India Relations: Beginning a New Era" (New Delhi: KAF and IPCS, 2005) (Editor)
# "Trilateral Security Dialogue: India, China and Germany" (New Delhi: KAF and IPCS, 2004) (Co Editor)

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The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

Through close interaction with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Foreign Service and the three wings of the Armed Forces - the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, - the academic community as well as the media, the IPCS has contributed considerably to the strategic discourse in India.

 
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