Manoj Joshi studied at St Stephen's College, New Delhi, and Lucknow University. He received his PhD from the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A professional journalist who has worked as a correspondent and columnist with The Hindu, the Times of India and the Economic Times, he was the Washington correspondent of the Financial Express in 1995-96. He was defence editor at India Today, editor ('Views') at Hindustan Times and the national affairs editor at Mail Today. Along with Robert Crunden and Chandrashekhar Rao he edited New Perspectives on America and South Asia (1984). He is the author of Kashmir 1947-1965: A Story Retold (2008). He has contributed chapters to several scholarly books on India's defence and security, and lectured and written on the subject in professional institutions and journals in India and abroad. He has been a member of the National Security Council's advisory board from 2004-07, and he was a member of the blue-ribbon National Security Task Force headed by Naresh Chandra from 2011-12. Joshi lives in New Delhi and is currently a distinguished fellow with the Observer Research Foundation.