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Dalbir S. Ahlawat

Senior Lecturer
Macquarie University

I specialize in Indo-Pacific security and strategic affairs with a specific focus on India’s security challenges, India-China strategic competition. I have published five books and 35 research papers in high-ranking journals and edited books. In addition, I have contributed research papers and opinion pieces to several think tanks.

Biography

I have worked with government agencies and academic institutions. Over the last 15 years, I have been conducting research on topics related to strategic and security issues. While conducting research, worked on or travelled to Latin American, African, Asian countries, in addition to Australia, Canada, and the United States. Based on the research outcomes, I have published five books and 35 research papers in different journals and edited books. In addition to research and publications, supervised eight higher degree research projects.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    .       Indo-Pacific strategic and security issues
    .        India's security challenges
    .        India-China strategic competition
    • Terrorism and Security in South Asia
    • US security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region
    • Border security and migration

Personal Interests

    My personal interests are to keep abreast of the current developments around the world, share notes with colleagues, comment on the latest developments.

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Terrorism, Security and Development in South Asia (Izarali) - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Terrorism, Security and Development in South Asia: National, Regional and Global Implications

Conceptualizing Terrorism, Security, and Development in South Asia


Published: Apr 29, 2021 by Terrorism, Security and Development in South Asia: National, Regional and Global Implications
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Raymond Izarali
Subjects: Military & Security Studies, Asian Studies

From a pragmatic standpoint, there are significant regional issues of terrorism and security concerns in South Asia for the global public and the major world powers, and especially as the U.S. prepares to exit Afghanistan. It need hardly be said, too, that terrorism has been quite the phenomenon to contend with and, importantly, a good bit are deeply rooted in South Asia. This chapter underlines a multitude of terrorism and security issues in South Asia.

Terrorism, Security and Development in South Asia: National, Regional and Global Implications

Naxal Insurgency in India: Genesis, Ideological Precepts and Security Challenges


Published: Apr 29, 2021 by Terrorism, Security and Development in South Asia: National, Regional and Global Implications
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat
Subjects: Military & Security Studies, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This chapter highlights the genesis of the Naxal insurgency and theoretical perspectives to understand it, and analyzes different phases of its development and expansion. An effort is also made to assess and underline the governments’ counterinsurgency approaches during different phases and the transnational paraphernalia established by the Naxals.

Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs

Kashmir Imbroglio Resolved: Strategic Options for Pakistan


Published: Feb 04, 2021 by Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Kedar Thaakar

Pakistan forcibly accessed the sovereign state of Balochistan and has treated it unfairly ever since, aptly illustrating the plight of Kashmiris had J&K too acceded to Pakistan. Pakistan also tried accession of J&K but has not succeeded. Meanwhile, J&K has been fully integrated into India with the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A. It is time for Pakistan to take a realistic stock of the ground realities in Kashmir.

Terrorism and Insurgency in Asia: A contemporary examination of terrorist and separatist movements

India’s Maoist Insurgencies


Published: Dec 18, 2020 by Terrorism and Insurgency in Asia: A contemporary examination of terrorist and separatist movements
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Sonika Ahlawat
Subjects: Military & Security Studies, Asian Studies

This chapter traces genesis of the Maoist insurgency in India, analyses the historical antecedents and different phases of the insurgency. Subsequently, it analysis the different counterinsurgency approach initiated by the government of India, that range from abstruse, non-kinetic, people-centric, enemy-centric to integrated and holistic approach. Further, it outlines the decline in the insurgency mainly because of the disconnect between the professed ideology and the actions of the Maoists.

The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power

Central and South Asia: An Overview of Soft Power Prospective


Published: Feb 25, 2020 by The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat

Central and South Asia, two contiguous regions, have their own perception of soft power. Two major countries India and Russia pursue their interests through soft power, more specifically in their respective geographical regions as well as at the international level. Other countries in these regions are yet to encapsulate their soft power orientations and use as strategic tools.

The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

India’s Revocation of Article 370: Security Dilemma and Options for Pakistan


Published: Jan 12, 2020 by The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and M Raymond Izarali
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies

India’s revocation of Article 370, which had granted Jammu and Kashmir a special status, has changed the security and strategic dynamics in the relations between India and Pakistan. This article discusses the aftermath of the revocation of Article 370, outlines Pakistan’s claims from a historical perspective, analyses immediate measures initiated by Islamabad, points out the available options Pakistan may see at its disposal, and provides a critical assessment of each.

Crime, Violence and Security in the Caribbean

Cuba: Challenges of Security and Social Polarization


Published: Jul 16, 2019 by Crime, Violence and Security in the Caribbean
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Aavrati Gautam
Subjects: Military & Security Studies

This chapter discusses in details challenges of security and social polarization in Cuba. The first section analyzes the internal security challenges that Cuba faces, the second analyzes the policy postures initiated by the government, and the third analyzes the national security challenges and their impact on social polarization in Cuba.

Indian Journal of Politics

The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative and the Indian Ocean Region: Sentiment towards Economic Prosperity and Security Implications


Published: Dec 30, 2018 by Indian Journal of Politics
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat, Naren Chitty, Mei Li and D. Gopal
Subjects: Asian Studies

States construct domestic and international relations through communications of an economic, security and cultural nature to shape the global order. A security-economic-cultural (hard and soft power) construct is used to examine the policy response to BRI and media sentiment in Indian Ocean littoral countries. While security dimensions were less in evidence than economic dimensions by a ratio of 1 to 4, their presence has implications for both Chinese and Indian messaging on BRI.

The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

India-China Standoff in Doklam: Aligning Realism with National Characteristics


Published: Oct 10, 2018 by The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Lindsay Hughes
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies

India and China, rising almost simultaneously as major powers, share a disputed border. Beijing adopts offensive realism while New Delhi follows defensive realism. When both confronted a military stand-off in Doklam, unexpectedly India demonstrated a miscellany of offensive realism whereas China constrained itself to defensive realism. This article traces the trajectory of idealist versus realist perspectives that India has initiated to counter Chinese realism.

The Journal of Policing Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Maoist insurgency in India: Grievances, security threats and counter-strategies


Published: May 14, 2018 by The Journal of Policing Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies

The Adivasi insurgency, an offshoot of the colonial period, continued in independent India. Post-independence, government assurances to redress the forest and land rights remained mostly unimplemented. This paper attempts to trace the antecedents of the Adivasi grievances, the challenges posed to India’s internal security, and counter-strategies adopted by different governments to contain the Maoist insurgency.

Australia-India Relations: Evolving Polycentric World Order

Shifting Strategic Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific Region: Implications for Australia and India


Published: Nov 01, 2017 by Australia-India Relations: Evolving Polycentric World Order
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and D Gopal
Subjects: Military & Security Studies

Since the US declaration of 'pivot' and subsequent 're-balancing' in the Asia-Pacific region in 2011 and China's assertion of its hegemonic behavior in the South China Sea has resulted in polarization among the countries of the region. This chapter analyzes the evolving strategic dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, underline the US and China's strategic overtures, discuss implications of the Trump administration's policy postures and insinuations for Australia-India relations.

Australia-India Relations: Evolving Polycentric World Order

New Strategic Order and Uncertainties


Published: Jan 11, 2017 by Australia-India Relations: Evolving Polycentric World Order
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat
Subjects: Military & Security Studies, Asian Studies

This chapter introduces the evolving geo-strategic and security landscape shaped by the big powers in the Indo-Pacific region. With Trump's 'America First' policy, China and other countries are in the process of reorienting their policy postures to adjust to the new realities. Against this backdrop, Australia-India bilateral strategic relations and their respective policy orientations towards the Indo-Pacific region attract special attention.

Indo-Pacific: Emerging Powers, Evolving Regions and Challenges to Global Governance

Indo-Pacific Region: Evolving Strategic Contours


Published: Jun 01, 2016 by Indo-Pacific: Emerging Powers, Evolving Regions and Challenges to Global Governance
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Fred C. Smith

China's rise since the end of the Cold War and particularly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has created a shift in the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region. This shift has called into question the dominant position of the US in the region, as China challenges the US both economically and militarily. This chapter analyzes the trajectory of Indo-Pacific security relationships, the evolving strategic construct, cooperation, friction and challenges.

Strategic Analysis

Reconsidering the Paracel Islands Dispute: An International Law Perspective


Published: Oct 16, 2015 by Strategic Analysis
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and Christopher Budd
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies

The Paracel Islands dispute has recently resurfaced as a source of conflict between Vietnam and China, who both claim sovereignty over the islands from time immemorial. This article re-examines their respective claims from an international law perspective. It also focuses on delineating the respective claims with an emphasis on sovereignty, territory, and self-determination.

India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs

Australia-India Strategic Relations: From Estrangement to Engagement


Published: Aug 15, 2015 by India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat and D Gopal
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies

Since the end of the Cold War, strategic relations between Australia and India, although volatile, have steadily improved. This article argues that with the Indo-Pacific region increasingly becoming an arena of strategic importance, there is further scope for convergence based on shared core security concerns. However, in the context of a rising China and the re-assertive US, there is a danger that evolving dymanics may serve to prevent a strengthening of independent Indo-Australian relations.

International Journal of Business and Social Science

Reinventing Australian Identity


Published: Jun 30, 2012 by International Journal of Business and Social Science
Authors: Dalbir Ahlawat

Geo-strategically located in the Asia-pacific region and emotionally and culturally attached to the West, Australian identity has taken several turns and twists over a period of hundred years. This paper trace the formative stage of the Australian policy since the arrival of the British identifies the circumstances and traces antecedents that resulted in a multicultural policy in the early 1970s, and analyzes the shift in the Australian values and their impact on the broader society.

Videos

Shifting Geo-strategic Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific Region

Published: Jul 11, 2019

Shifting Geo-strategic Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific Region