One is obliged to speak of Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal in the present tense. His passing from this earthly plane is noted, his physical burdens relieved after a prolonged campaign. Still, he remains with us. He continues to be our companion, he continues to challenge our assumptions, and he continues to connect at a human level. For this we are grateful. He loves to joust intellectually. The pen is his sword. He holds fast to a strain of strategic analysis of honorable, if contestable, heritage. He represents a hyper-realism that requires counterarguments but not dismissal. He leaves us with the legacy of his written work, for which we are also grateful. And his commitment to being in the arena where ideas clash without impairing the human connection.

Thank you, Gurmeet. I am grateful to you, and thank you for speaking to Stimson Center audiences.

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