Surendra Singh Rawal, PhD
Research Fellow

Surendra Singh Rawal, a PhD in political science from Tribhuvan University, is an experienced national security and strategic affairs professional with thirty-two years of service in the Nepali Army. He is a graduate of Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA, USA) as well as the National War College (Washington DC, USA), where he received Master’s Degrees in Security Studies (Civil-Military Relations) and National Security Strategy. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal) and a Master of Science degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Madras University (Madras, India). In addition, Dr. Rawal has completed various military courses and trainings from Nepal, India, China, the UK, and the USA.

As a Brigadier General, he served in the capacity of the Director of Plan and Policy at the Nepali Army headquarters. Previously, he was appointed as a Directing Staff of Nepali Army Command and Staff College (ACSC), where he taught and guided mid-level military, civilian, police, and armed police officers from Nepal and foreign countries. He also served as the Chief Logistics Coordinator, conducting logistics and relief operations during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal. During his more than three-decades-long tenure, he contributed to several task forces relating to national security, strategic affairs, and defense policies. 

Dr. Rawal served as a Deputy Chief Service Delivery (P5) and Chief Service Delivery (D1) on Special Post Allowance in the UN System (UNAMID). He has completed five tours of duty in UN peacekeeping missions in UNIFIL (Lebanon in 1993), ONUB (Burundi in 2004), MINUSTAH (Haiti in 2011), UNMISS (South Sudan in 2014), and UNAMID (Darfur in 2016) in various capacities such as Military Observer (MILOB) Team Leader, National Support Team (NST) Team Leader, and Strategic Planner.

He extensively writes on national security, strategic affairs, foreign policy, UN peace and security, civil-military relations, and national interests. He has published two dozen articles in various professional military journals and over five dozen opinion pieces in national dailies, magazines, and online media.