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.