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Shashank Joshi

Defence Editor, The Economist


Shashank Joshi is the Economist’s defence editor. He was previously a senior policy fellow for international affairs in the Renewing the Centre team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he led the Institute’s work on foreign policy, focusing on economic, political and military pressures on the liberal international order. This included challenges to open trade, traditional alliances, American leadership and liberal democratic values. Shashank is also a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where his interests lie in foreign and security policy in India and the wider Indo-Pacific region.

Shashank was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Schuldham Plate and graduated with a starred first. He holds a master’s degree from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where he served as a Kennedy scholar from Britain to the United States. He has been a research associate at the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford, regularly lectured at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and given evidence to the foreign affairs and defence committees of the House of Commons. As well as writing for major British newspapers and magazines, he has published in a range of journals and written several books, most recently Indian Power Projection: Ambition, Arms and Influence (London: Royal United Services Institute, 2015).