Shashank Joshi is Defence Editor at The Economist, where he covers a wide range of security and defence issues. Prior to joining The Economist in 2018 he served as Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where he now serves on the Advisory Board, 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.
He holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, where he served as a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He has also been a participant in the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) at Cornell University. His recent cover stories for The Economist have covered the future of nuclear proliferation, cyber-conflict, open-source intelligence and the Russia- Ukraine crisis.