Major General PK Goswami, VSM (Retd)

Major General PK Goswami, VSM (Retd) is the Deputy Director at the USI of India and Head of the USI UN Cell. He is also the chief coordinator for a series of USI – ICWA webinars on UN Peace Operations. He was a Military xi About the Participants Observer with United Nations Verification Mission at Angola (UNAVEM) from 1991 to 92 and Senior Faculty at National Defence College, New Delhi. He represented National Defence College, India, at the 16th ASEAN Regional Forum for Heads of Defence Universities, Colleges, and Institutions in Beijing, China, in November 2012.


Lt Gen Iqbal Singh Singha, AVSM, VSM (Retd)


Lt Gen Iqbal Singh Singha AVSM, VSM (Retd) is presently working as Director with TAC Security, a leading global cyber security company. He regularly writes for USI and e-magazines like and on strategic issues and international relations. General Singha has acted in several OTT series like Avrodh, Regimental Diaries, General and his Son and A General Retires. He is an advisor on military matters to Pocket Aces. A peacekeeping and negotiations expert, as Head of the Mission at Golan Heights in Syria, he has saved nearly 200 lives of peacekeepers and journalists. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow at United Service Institution of India.

Maj Gen Alok Deb, SM, VSM (Retd)


Maj Gen Alok Deb, SM, VSM (Retd) has served in the Indian Army close to four decades. He has experience of command in diverse operational areas, commencing with an artillery regiment in the Kargil War, during which he was decorated for gallantry. He is a MSc in Defence Studies from the Defence Services Staff College, India, and later earned two MPhil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies, after qualifying the Higher Command and National Defence College courses, both in India. He has been an instructor at IMA Dehradun, Brigade Major of an infantry brigade and Col Plans of a Strike Corps. He has had two tenures in the Military Secretary’s Branch in Army HQ and has served as a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon. He has commanded an Artillery Division as part of a Strike Corps on India’s Western border and was a Senior Operational Logistics Staff in the Western Theatre.  Post retirement he became the Deputy Director General of MPIDSA. He was a member of the DRDOs System Analysis and Modelling Advisory Council. He is based in Pune, he is a Distinguished Fellow at the USI of India and Senior Visiting Fellow at The Peninsula Foundation, Chennai.

Major General (Dr) AK Bardalai (Retd)


Major General (Dr) AK Bardalai (Retd) was commissioned into the Indian Army on 11 June 1977, is a graduate of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College Wellington (India), and an alumnus of Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He commanded an infantry battalion in Siachen Glacier, an infantry brigade in North-East India, an infantry division in the Western Theatre, and was the Commandant of IMTRAT(Bhutan). He has served with the UN as a Military Observer in Angola and the Deputy Head of the Mission and Deputy Force Commander of UNIFIL (Lebanon). He holds a PhD in UN Peace Operations from Tilburg University.


Col (Dr) KK Sharma


Col (Dr) KK Sharma (Retd) served in Army Air Defence in various locations including the Glaciers, and retired from the position of Chief Instructor, Tactical and Combat Wing, Army Air Defence College. He is a Professor and Dean in Global Education Programs, Chitkara University. He is an OB and HR student, with an experience in leadership positions in the Indian Army, UN Peace Operations and with the UNHCR. His academic teaching and research experience spans from 1985, till now, in multiple positions at national and global levels. Further, he has a PhD in Management (Zurich) and he has also done his MBA (HRM). He has authored six books, 26 research papers and presented papers in many national and international seminars and conferences. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at United Service Institution of India.




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USI team recently completed ‘Protection Study’ with EPON and NUPI, and will present the study during EPON Week (10-12 May 2022) at New York. We have conducted UN webinar with our Embassy at Seoul and now Korean National Defence University (KNDU) is in communication with USI for various fields of activities including UNPKO.


The USI and ICWA have partnered to research and conduct events at the policy and doctrine level on the UNPKO since 2021, concluded series of UN themed webinars and published monographs–

ü  India and UN Peace Operations: Principles of UN Peace Keeping and Mandate.

ü  The impact of climate change on UN peacekeeping operations.

ü  UN Peace Keeping Operations: Hostage-taking of UN Peacekeepers.

ü  Effectiveness of UN Peace Operations: Dynamics of Composition of Troops and Diversity on UN Peace Operations.

ü  UN Peace Operations: Protection of Civilians.

ü  UN Peace Operations: Women, Peace and Security.

UN Peace Operations: Challenges of Mission Leadership in delivering the mandate.