Siddhant Hira

Independent Researcher & Writer

United Kingdom

London-based researcher and writer specialising in Mis/Disinformation, Intelligence, International Security, Special Forces, Sino-Indian Relations and Geopolitical Risk. Bylines in the Observer Research Foundation (India), The Defence Archive (India), the Institute of Chinese Studies (India), The Diplomat (USA), Project O Five (Canada) and OFCS Report (Italy).

The Defence Archive
9 PARA (SF): 'The Mountain Rats'

The 9th Parachute Battalion (Special Forces) - 9 PARA (SF) - was birthed from the Meghdoot Force, led by Lieutenant (Lt.) Colonel (Col.) Megh Singh. As the oldest Indian Army SF battalion, it officially came into existence in July 1966 in South Block, Ministry of Defence (MoD), when Lieutenant (Lt.)

The Defence Archive
Meghdoot Force: The Birth of the Para SF

Updated: Jul 16, 2021 Maurice Tugwell - considered to be the first theorist of the British model of Special Operations - had defined it in 1984 as small-scale, clandestine, covert or overt operations of an unorthodox and frequently high-risk nature, undertaken to achieve significant political or military objectives in support of foreign policy.

Galwan Valley Clash: strategic imperatives for India against China

At the strategic level, the Sino-Indian rivalry is a few decades old. Historically - whenever the People's Republic of China (PRC/China) is faced with internal and external pressure - it has established its domination in the region by displaying aggression against India.

ICS Research Blog
The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China's Soft Reset? - ICS Research Blog

Siddhant Hira, China-analyst and incoming MA National Security Studies student at King's College London Introduction Just like Beijing's 2008 Summer Olympics, the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics also has "angry pro-Tibet protests along much of the Olympic Torch relay." 2008 was a watershed moment in Chinese foreign policy: the Games was a major soft ...

India, Drones, and Human Rights: The Flight Forward

Advertisement On June 27, two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - or drones as they are popularly known - dropped explosives on the technical area in the Air Force Station (AFS) at Jammu in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It resulted in damage to the roof of an aircraft hangar.

Chinese naval expansion in the Indian Ocean region

Throughout history, the People's Republic of China (PRC/China) has followed a policy of concealing capabilities and avoiding the limelight - sugarcoating defence capabilities - projecting them as humanitarian disaster relief aid.

Cyber 9/12: How to Address the Cyber Talent Crisis

A group of students from King's College London, including members of the Department of War Studies, are diving into the world of cyber security and taking on the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. Meet team KingPhisher and find out why they are going head to head with students from across the UK.

Project O Five
Should Ukraine Refine Its Media And Narrative Strategy?

INTRODUCTION We fight not because we hate those in front of us, but because we love those behind us! The slogan above - by Roman Shukhevych, the commander of a Ukrainian insurgent army in the 1940s - is very popular, and symbolic of Ukraine's current military quagmire.