Namrata Goswami

Dr. Namrata Goswami is a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C. She is also Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India.  Her research focus is on China’s territorial claim on the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, insurgencies in the Northeast of India and India’s counter-insurgency experience. She has travelled extensively in Northeast India engaging in field research in the China-India border areas as well as in areas suffering from armed ethnic conflicts. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg (Germany); the La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia) and the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (Norway).  She received her M.A. degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Pune (India) and Ph.D. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (India).  The views expressed in this article are solely that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of either the IDSA or the USIP, which does not advocate specific policy positions. She can be reached

In war of any character, the basic principles are the same, but two sides may fight it differently or interpret the principles differently based on capacity and capability.