International security expert with a gift for communication

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Shashank Joshi

Defence Editor, The Economist



Shashank Joshi is Defence Editor at The Economist, where he covers a wide range of security issues. Prior to joining The Economist in 2018 he served as Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Research Associate at Oxford University’s Changing Character of War Programme.

He has lectured to institutions including the UK Defence Academy and Atomic Weapons Establishment, given evidence to the House of Commons' foreign affairs and defence committees, and published books on Iran’s nuclear programme and India’s armed forces.

Shashank holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, where he served as a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He also been a participant in the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) at Cornell University.

In 2019, his longer pieces for The Economist examined subjects including autonomous weapons, India-Pakistan air strikes, US-Iran tensions, military competition in space, the use of artificial intelligence in warfare and the future of aircraft carriers.