Samir Puri

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International Institute for Strategic Studies

Research Profile

Urban warfare; urban security in relation to state-based threats; non-state actors operating in urban environments.

English, Hindi


The Great Imperial Hangover: How Empires Have Shaped the World (Atlantic Books, 2020).
Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups: the Difficulty of Security Strategic Outcomes, IISS Adelphi Series (Routledge, 2016)
Pakistan's War on Terrorism: Strategies for Combating Jihadist Groups Since 9/11, Asia Security Series (Routledge, 2011)

Journal articles

“The strategic hedging of Iran, Russia and China: Juxtaposing participation in the global system with regional revisionism,” Journal of Global Security Studies, 2:4 (2017)
“Brinkmanship, not COIN, in Pakistan’s post-9/11 Internal War,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, 28:1 (2017)
“Fathoming Pakistan’s Cycles of Instability,’ RUSI Journal, 152:5 (2007)
“The Role of Intelligence in Deciding the Battle of Britain,” Intelligence and National Security, 21:3 (2006)

Book Chapters

“Engaging with proxy groups and indirect state influence in Ukraine and Syria” in Jack Spence, Claire Yorke, Alastair Masser (eds.), New Perspectives on Diplomacy, (IB. Taurus, forthcoming)
“India’s two-track response to the Naxalites: security and development, but no political process” in Shanthie DeSouza (ed.), Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South Asia (Routledge, 2019)
“Political realism and strategic theory”’ in Robert Schuett and Miles Hollingworth (eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Political Realism (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)