Col. Anil Athale, a former infantry soldier, is a graduate of Staff College and has a doctorate from Pune University. He was head of the War History Division, Ministry of Defence, and has co-authored the official history of the 1962 Sino-Indian war and the insurgency in the Northeast. He is the recipient of several research fellowships including Fulbright, Kennedy Centre, IDSA, USI, and Philosophical Society. He has been engaged in thirty years of research on conflicts in Kashmir, the Northeast, Ireland, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. He is also the author of seven books on military history.