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Director Research

Name Dr. Nivedita Ray
Designation Director Research
Email directorresearch@icwa.in,   nivedita@icwa.in
Area of Specialization:
African Affairs, Diaspora Studies, Gender and Conflict Resolution ,Political and Security Risk Analysis

Selected Publications:
1.  Book on India and East Africa , Viz India Books, New Delhi March 2015, New Delhi
2.  Edited book on Africa and India: A Partnership for Development and Growth, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, 2012
3.  Co-Edited book on Tagore the Eternal Seeker: Footprints of a World Traveller, Viz India Books , New Delhi May 2015
4.  India and East Africa: Development Cooperation, in Makumi Mwagiru (ed) Book on India-East Africa Relations: Diasporas, Security and Economic/Trade Cooperation, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, Nairobi, 2013.
5.  Growing Threat of Terrorism in Africa: The Case of Boko Haram, Issue Brief, February 2016
6.  Resurgent Africa's engagement with India, China and the Third World" (co-authored with Ajay Dubey) in Engaging with a Resurgent Africa ed. by Jorg Shultz and M. Chand, pp. 64-75. ORF-Macmillan, 2009.
7.  Sudan Crisis: Exploring India's Role, Strategic Analysis, Volume 31, Issue 1 January 2007, pages 93 – 109
8.  Gender Role in Sudan Peace Process, Africa Quarterly, April-June, 2006
9.  Harnessing India’s Diaspora in Africa Benefits both Regions, Global Dialogue Review, pp 56-60,October 2015,


Research Fellows

Name Dr. Sanjeev Kumar
Designation Research Fellow for China
Email sanjeev@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
China Studies
Selected Publications:
1.
“India-China Relations: From Panchsheel to Development Partnership” in B. Chakraborty and D. Nandi eds. An Outline of Indian Foreign Policy and Relations (Kolkata: 2016)
2.
The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China - A Major Turning Point for China” co edited with by C. V. Ranganathan (Indian Council of World Affairs, 2013)
3.
“The Impact of China Studies on Policymaking in India” Punjab Journal of Politics no 7, 2013, pp. 93-106.
4.
“New Factors in China’s South Asia Policy” Dr. Saurabh and Prof. B C. Upreti eds. Strengthening SAARC: Exploring Vistas for Expanded Cooperation (ICWA, 2012)
5.
“China’s Quest for Building a New Socialist Countryside” in Zhang Xioshan et al ed. China’s Agricultural Transition: Balancing Rural-Urban Relations (Beijing: Chinese Academic Social Sciences Press, 2009)


Name Dr. Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui
Designation Research Fellow
Email frsiddiqui@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Political Islam, identity politics in the Arab world, foreign and strategic policies of the Arab countries.

Selected Publications:
1.
Political Islam and the Arab Uprising: Islamist Politics in changing time. , published from Sage, 2017.
2.
The Concept of Islamic State: From the Caliphate to Twentieth Century: Pre-Ikhwan and Post-Ikhwan Phase, (Darul-Kitab-Ilmi, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010).
3.
Selected Readings on Enduring Challenges in West Asia and North Africa ( New Delhi: Meena Book Publication, 2017
4.
Current Arab Crisis and Emerging Scenarios (Monograph) ICWA, 2017
5.
Clash of Civilizations Thesis: Mega Narratives Versus Local Narratives and Current Arab Turmoil (Monograph) ICWA, 2018)

Name Dr. Dinoj Kumar Upadhyay
Designation Research Fellow for Europe
Email dinoj@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Europe

Selected Publications:
1.
The UK and Gulf: A ‘New Chapter’ in Partnership France and MENA Region: Shaping New Engagement under President Macron
2.
Vice President in Armenia & Poland: Visit to Strengthen Economic, Cultural Bonding


Name Dr. Athar Zafar
Designation Research Fellow, Central Asia
Email zafar@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
GCentral Asia, Shanghai Cooperation (SCO), Eurasian region

Selected Publications:
1.
Book: "India and Central Asia: Exploring New Horizons for Cooperation' (co-editor, 2014)
2.
Sapru House Papers:
1.  PM Modi's Visit Reinvigorates Ties with Central Asia (2016)
2. Afghanistan under Transition: An Assessment of India’s Engagement (Co-authored, 2014)
3.
Chapter in book:
“Drawdown from Afghanistan: Implications for India’s Engagement in Central Asia”, (co-authored) in Afghanistan: Post-2014, Ed. Rajen Hershe and Dhananjay Tripathy, Routledge, Delhi, 2016
4.
Article in journal:
“Language and Culture in Modern Tajikistan”, in Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 20 Nos. 2-3 (April-September 2016) Tajikistan Special


Name Dr. Stuti Banerjee
Designation Research Fellow for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Email stuti@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Research on North America, Latin America and Caribbean. Other research specialization in nuclear security and risks, Indian foreign policy, and defence and strategic studies.

Selected Publications:
1.
India –Canada Relations: The Nuclear Energy Aspect, India Quarterly, Vol. 73, No.3 (September- December 2017)
2.
India’s Foreign Policy: Exploring the Maritime Outlook, Defence and Diplomacy Journal, Vol.6, No.3 (April-June 2017)
3.
“GCC and BRICS: Exploring the Nuclear Energy Cooperation Route”, in The Arab States of the Gulf and BRICS: New Strategic Partnerships in Politics and Economics Edited by Dr. Tim Niblock, Degang Sun and Alejandra Galindo (Gerlach Press, Berlin & London, 2016)


Name Dr. Indrani Talukdar
Designation Research Fellow
Email Indrani@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Russia

Selected Publications:
1.
"India and Russia: Deepening the Strategic Partnership” (ed.) by Rajiv K. Bhatia, Vijay Sakuja and Indrani Talukdar, Shipra Publications, 2014, ISBN: XXX-XX-7541-721-2
2.
Chapter titled “Culture and Foreign Policy in the Context of Indo-Turkish Relations” in Prof. Hakan Gok and Prof. Prabhakar Rao (ed.) Indo-Turkish Dialogue: Historical, Social and Cultural Perspectives, 2017
3.
Chapter titled “Impact of the Arab Spring on Jordan” in Sujata Ashwarya and Mujib Alam (ed.) Contemporary West Asia: Perspectives on Change and Continuity, Knowledge World Publishers, 2017
4.
Chapter titled “Election Watch Turkey: Presidential Election, 2014”, Contemporary Review of Middle East, 2(4) 1-27, Sage Publications, 2015.
5.
Article titled “Russia’s New Foreign Policy 2016”, Viewpoint, Indian Council of World Affairs, 16 February 2017


Name Dr. Samatha Mallempati
Designation Research Fellow
Email samatha@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar, South Asia

Selected Publications:
1.
Internal Developments in Maldives and India-Maldives relations, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol 12, No.3, July-September 2017.
2.
Prospects and challenges of peace building: An evaluation of external actors in Sri Lanka, in journal, Contemporary Perspectives: History and Sociology of South Asia, Sage, Vol 5, Number 1, January 2011.
3.
Sri Lanka in Modern Age: A History, by Nira Wickramasinghe, Indian Historical Review, Vol. 44, No.1, July 2017
4.
After the Fall: Sri Lanka in Victory and War”, By Mohan K Tikku, India Quarterly, Vol. 73 No.1 March 2107.
5.
Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Voices from the War Zones, by Minna Thaheer and others, published in The Book Review, Vol XXXIX, No.2, February 2015.


Name Dr. Amit Kumar
Designation Research Fellow for Indian Ocean Region/ maritime Affairs
Email amitk@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Indian Ocean Region, Indo- Pacific, Maritime Affairs , South Asia, Indian Foreign Policy

Selected Publications:
1.
Maritime History of India: An Overview, Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India (Routledge), Volume 8, Issue 1, 2012.
2.
Chapter titled "Indo- Maritime Roman Trade", in Dr. Vijay Sakhuja and Adwita (ed.), Essays on Maritime History, 2017.
3.
"India’s Maritime Commercial and Cultural linkages in Ancient Past" published in Seminar proceedings “Regional Workshop on the Intersection of Culture in the Indian Ocean Region,” by IORA and LIPI, Jakarta.
4.
Germany's Interest in the Indian Ocean Region, 2017, Issue Brief,2017, ICWA.
5.
IORA Summit Meeting: Invigorating Indian Ocean Regionalism? Issue Brief, 2017, ICWA.
6.
From Brown Water to Blue, Indian Express, New Delhi, 5 December 2006.


Name Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee
Designation Research Fellow for Pakistan, Israel and ASEAN
Email dhrubajyoti@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Pakistan’s foreign policy decision making, Terrorism, Human Security, Foreign Policy Decision Making, India and Myanmar, India and Vietnam, India and Israel, South Asian politics, political and strategic development in Pakistan and Afghanistan and ASEAN China

Selected Publications:
1.
Book title : "Foreign Policy Decision Making in Pakistan: A Study of the Military Regimes Since 1977", Single Author –New Delhi– 2017 (Published 2017)
2.
Defending the Indian Coasts: Indian Israel Joint Cooperation, Quality India, July September 2017, Under Ministry of Science and Technology


Name Dr. Rakesh Kumar Meena
Designation Research Fellow
Email rakesh@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Nepal

Selected Publications:
1.
"भारत-नेपाल सम्बन्धः बदलते परिप्रेक्ष में", साहित्य संचय प्रकाशन, नई दिल्ली, जनवरी 2017 में पुस्तक प्रकाशित
2.
Joint Article Published in World Focus magazine, titled as “India-Nepal Relations: A review, vol. 444, December 2016.
3.
Contributed a chapter titled “Constitutional Development of Nepal” in a edited book Constitution of Nepal by Pramod Jaiswal , GB Books, New Delhi, year 2016.


Name Dr. Arundhati Sharma
Designation Research Fellow
Email arundhati@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
International political economy

Selected Publications:
1.
“Changing Contours of India’s Foreign trade Policy”, ICWA Special Report, 19 April, 2017
2.
“Trump-eting the Requiem or Revival of NAFTA?”, ICWA Special Report, 10 July, 2017
3.
“The G20 Summit at Hamburg: Resurrecting Hope?”, ICWA Viewpoint, 24 July, 2017
4.
“The Forty-third G7 Summit: A Review”, ICWA Viewpoint, 16 June, 2017
5.
Indian Compliance and TRIPS Agreement: Understanding the Economics of Indian Foreign Policy”, International Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol.2, No. 1, Jan-June, 2009, pp. 73-87.


Name Dr. Ambreen Agha
Designation Research Fellow
Email agha@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Larger research areas include Islamic Revivalism, religious violence, conflict and terrorism (Afghanistan/Pakistan). Her Doctoral thesis is a study on Women’s participation in an Islamic Revivalist Movement: A Study of the Tablighi Jama'at’.

Selected Publications:
1.
G-20 & Terrorism: Expanding its Remit or Temporary Inflection?, ICWA, August 22, 2017
2.
Kabul Attack: Towards an Endless Quagmire?, ICWA, June 8, 2017
3.
Trump Relocating the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Could Upturn Global Foreign Policy, The Wire, January 17, 2017
4.
Book Review: Rajiv Dogra, Durand’s Curse: A Line Across the Pathan Heart, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol. 12. No. 3, July-Sept, 2017
5.
Book Review: Navras Jaat Aafreedi, Jews, Judaising Movement and the Traditions of Israelite Descent in South Asia, published in Himal South Asian, September 16, 2016


Name Dr. Ashish Shukla
Designation Research Fellow for Bangladesh
Email ashish@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Bangladesh

Selected Publications:
1.
Book Title:
Pakistan Army: Institution That Matters, Knowledge World, New Delhi, 2017.
2.
Chapter in Book:
War on Terror and Democracy in Pakistan, in Mathew Joseph C. (eds.) Understanding Pakistan: Emerging Voices from India, Routledge, Oxon, 2017.
3.
Journal Article:
- The Pashtun Tribal Identity and Codes: At Odds with Pakistan’s Post 9/11 Policies, THAAP, 2015.
- Pakistan-Bangladesh Relations, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, 2015.
- बदलते परिप्रेक्ष्य में भारत की विदेश नीति, शोधार्थी, 2015.
4.
Issue Briief/View Point:
- Bangladesh Economy: Past Performance and Future Prospect, ICWA, 2017.
- The Changing Political Dynamics in Bangladesh, ICWA, 2017.
- Sheikh Hasina’s India Visit, ICWA, 2017.


Name Dr. Jojin V. John
Designation Research Fellow for East Asia
Email johnjojin@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Northeast Asian International Relations, Developments in Korean Peninsula, Foreign and Security Policies of Japan, India- East Asia Relations

Selected Publications:
1.
Jojin V. John (2017), From Strategic Partnership to Special Strategic Partnership: India-South Korea Relations in 21st Century, The Journal of International Relations, Vol. XXXXIII
2.
Jojin V. John (2015), “Globalization, National Identity and Foreign Policy: Understanding Global Korea”, Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol 33, No 2
3.
Jojin. V. John (2015), Indian Foreign Policy and the Indo-Pacific, Strategic Vision, 4(22), August 2015
4.
Jojin V. John (2014), “Becoming and Being a Middle Power: Exploring a New Dimension of South Korea’s Foreign Policy”, China Report, 50 (4)


Name Dr Temjenmeren Ao
Designation Research Fellow for Southeast Asia
Email temjenao@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
ASEAN and Southeast Asia

Selected Publications:
1.
“India’s ‘Act East’ Policy: A Means to Ensure Stalemate and Growth in Southeast Asia”, Defence and Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 6 No 4, July-September 2017
2.
“Indonesia’s Naval Expansion: A New Dimension to the Existing Security Impasse in the Region”, ICWA Issue Brief, November 2, 2017
3.
“ASEAN at 50: Some Reflections”, ICWA Issue Brief, January 23, 2018
4.
“India-ASEAN Cooperation towards the Realisation of a Sustainable Economic Growth”, Diplomacy and Beyond Plus, February, 2018


Name Dr Chayanika Deka
Designation Research Fellow
Email cdeka@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
I have completed my PhD at the Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. I have been studying political and economic developments and security issues in Afghanistan, cyber issues around the world focusing on cyber governance, International and cyber security, cyber diplomacy, non-traditional security issues in Africa.

Selected Publications:
1.
Deka, C. and Rajiv Samual (2013), “India’s Defence Initiatives”, in Satish Kumar (ed) India’s National Security Annual Review 2013, New Delhi: Routledge, India.
2.
Samual, R., Naresh Kumar, Priyadarshini Ghosh, Chayanika Deka, Divya Manas and Ankita Borah (2013), “ Global Security Trends”, in Satish Kumar (ed) India’s National Security Annual Review 2013, New Delhi: Routledge, India.
3.
Deka, C. (2016), “Indian Community in Kenya and Native Stance towards them”, International Journal of Advanced Research, 4(6): 758-763.
4.
Issue Brief on Major issues highlighted by North African Countries at the 72 nd annual UNGA Meeting, Indian Council of World Affairs, 7 December 2017.
5.
Issue brief on Global Conference on Cyber Space, 2017, Indian Council of World Affairs, 20 February 2018.


Name Dr Saurabh Mishra
Designation Research Fellow (Africa)
Email saurabh@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Africa, Globalisation, Peace & Conflict, International Relations Theory

Selected Publications:
1.
Book Title:
- The Arthasastra in a Transcultural Perspective: Comparing Kautilya with Sun-Zi, Nizam al-Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli, Coedited with Dr. Michael Liebig, Heidelberg University, Published by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi, 2017.

- Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses/Pentagon Press, 2015/ 2016 (Three Volumes as Coeditor).
2.
Article:
“India Amidst Increasing Activity in the Security Council: A Few Observations”, Strategic Analysis, ISSN 0970-0161, Volume 36, Issue 2.


Name Dr Deepika Saraswat
Designation Research Fellow
Email deepika@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Geopolitics of Iran and Middle East, Critical Geopolitics

Selected Publications:
1.
Deepika Saraswat, ‘Geoeconomic Resurgence of Silk Road and India’s Central Asian Strategy’, Journal of Central Asian Studies, 2016, Vol.23, p.83-104
2.
Deepika Saraswat, ‘Islamic Geographies of Resistance: the Islamic Factor in Regional Geopolitical Strategy of Iran’ in Priya Singh (ed.) Re-envisaging West Asia: Looking Beyond the Arab Spring, 2016 (New Delhi: Shipra).
3.
Deepika Saraswat and Krishnendra Meena, ‘Marginality and Geopolitics: Re-imaginations From the South’, South Asian Survey: A Journal of Indian Council for South Asian Cooperation, 2014, Vol.21 (1-2)


Name Dr Puyam Rakesh Singh
Designation Research Fellow
Email puyam@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Chinese Studies

Selected Publications:
1.
Rethinking China’s Myanmar Policy following the November 2010 Election, World Focus, September 2012.
2.
China-Myanmar Relations in the Twenty-First Century, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 18 Nos. 1-2, January-June 2014.
3.
India-China Relations in the light of the conflicts in northern Myanmar, World Focus, June 2015
4.
Operation Mekong: China Deals with Barriers to Embrace the Mekong River, Defence and Diplomacy, Vol.6 No 2, January-March 2017
5.
India-Myanmar Relations in the Era of Myanmar’s Political Transition, Defence and Diplomacy, Vol. 6 No 4, July-September 2017


Name Dr. Ankita Dutta
Designation Research Fellow for Europe
Email ankita@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Europe

Selected Publications:
1.
Ankita Dutta, Nordic-Arctic Cooperation: Towards Sustainable Cooperation Programme, in Bhaswati Sarkar (ed.) India and the Nordics in a Changing World (Accepted for Publication, 2018)
2.
Ankita Dutta, Managing Religious Diversity in Italy, Telos, Accepted for Publication in Winter 2018
3.
India and EU: 'Natural partners' need to do more to strengthen strategic partnership, South Asia Monitor, 7 September 2016


Name Dr Chandra Rekha
Designation Research Fellow for Turkey and Saudi Arabia
Email chandrarekha@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Russia, India, Turkey and Saudi Arabia

Selected Publications:
1.
BOOK titled “India- Russia Relations Post Cold War Relations- A New Epoch of Cooperation”, co-published by Routledge Publication and Knowledge World Publication, 2016.
2.
Chapter on “Balancing Russia And The United States: India's Foreign Policy Challenges”, Asian Defence Review, 2018
3.
Chapter on “Growing Détente among Russia-Pakistan-China: Implications for India”, Asian Defence Review, 2016.
4.
Chapter on “Russia and China as Regional Players in Central Asian Playground”, Asian Defence Review, 2017.
5.
Article on “The Ukraine Imbroglio: Does it Impact India”, Air Power Journal, vol 9, No.3, 2014.




Name Dr. Pragya Pandey
Designation Research Fellow
Email pragya.pandey@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Security, India-Australia Relations

Selected Publications:
1.
India-Australia Relations and the Maritime Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific in D. Gopal and Dalbir Ahlawat (eds.), India- Australia Relations: Evolving Poly-centric World Order, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2017, ISBN: 9789386618115.
2.
2017 BRICS Summit: Post-Doklam, India, China Meet in Xiamen, The Diplomat, 07 September 2017.
3.
Malabar 2017: Trilateral Naval Exercise Concludes Amid India-China Standoff, The Diplomat, 19 July 2017.
4.
India-Australia Nuclear Cooperation: Issue and Options in Vijay Sakhuja and Gurpreet Khurana (eds.), Maritime Perspectives 2014, pp. 178-182, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN: XXX-XX-930159-1-9.
5.
India in the Indian Ocean: Challenges and Responsibilities, in India At the Cross Roads: The Way Ahead, 2014, pp. 355-367, Lexis Nexis, New Delhi, 2014, ISBN: XXX-XX-5143-105-3.


Name Dr Surabhi Singh
Designation Research Fellow
Email surabhi@icwa.in  
Area of Specialization:
Research on Europe, Migration Studies and International Organizations

Selected Publications:
1.
Surabhi Singh , ‘Managing Migration and Trade in Services: Overview of Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements’ in Pralok Gupta (ed.) Emerging Services and Inclusiveness: Evidence from India, London: Cambridge Scholars Publication. ISBN(13): 978-1-4438-7614-8.
2.
Surabhi Singh,‘Securing the Border and the Rights of Migrant Workers’, World Affairs, Vol. 19(3), Autumn (July- September) 2015, pp.42-56.
3.
Surabhi Singh and Moushumi Basu, ‘A Subaltern Reading of International Organizations: Issues of Order, Disorder and Marginality’, in South Asian Survey, Vol 21(1&2), March &April; September 2014, 164-179.