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Ali Ahmed

is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He is an expert in defence doctrine and strategy, military affairs, internal security, military sociology. He has done M.Phil in International Relations (Cantab), M.A. in War Studies (London), M.Sc in Defence and Strategic Studies (Madras). A former infantry colonel, he has written for professional journals while in service. In 1999-2000, he was a Fellow at the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi. He is a PhD candidate in international politics at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His articles have appeared on,, and elsewhere in print. His current project is defence doctrines in the India-Pakistan context.

Rajeev Anantaram

is Senior Fellow at ICRIER. He holds a PhD in Public Policy and Applied Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Public Policy from Syracuse University.
Dr Anantaram has extensive professional experience in India and the United States, including think tanks, non-profit organizations, public interest groups and the private sector. Prior to joining ICRIER, he was Senior Economist & Head with CRISIL in New Delhi. He has worked in the areas of energy & environmental policy, technology policy, behavioural health and has conducted a feasibility study for the biotech industry in Pittsburgh. His research interests are in the areas of trade and investment policy regimes in South & South East Asia, and regional trade agreements and policies that support sustainable growth. At ICRIER, his responsibilities include monitoring the Central Asia region (including Turkey) where he plans to work on issues involving India's energy security.

Robert J. Art

Robert J. Art is Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University, and Fellow at MIT Center for International Studies. Professor Art received his B.A. from Columbia College in 1964 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1968. Professor Art is a former member of the Secretary of Defense’s Long Range Planning Staff (1982) and a former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis, and has consulted for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a member of the editorial boards of the scholarly journals International Security, Political Science Quarterly, and Security Studies. Since 1982, he has also co-edited Cornell University’s “Series in Security Studies.”

He has received grants from the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, the Council on Foreign Relations (International Affairs Fellow), the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Century Foundation.

Kanti Bajpai

is Professor of International Politics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He was previously Professor in Politics and International Relations of South Asia at Oxford University. He is Director of Graduate Studies in the M.Sc. in Contemporary India and also teaches in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College. Before coming to Oxford, he was Headmaster of the Doon School, India, and Professor in International Politics at JNU. He has taught at M.S. University of Baroda and held visiting appointments at Wesleyan University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of Notre Dame, as well as the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and the Brookings Institution. Dr. Bajpai's research and teaching interests are international security, South Asia and India's external relations. He is currently working on India's strategic thought.

G. Balatchandirane

teaches East Asian Economic History and Japanese language at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, and has worked on the development issues of East Asia and South Asia. He has written mostly on aspects of agriculture, education, and information technology and the way they impinge on development as seen from a comparative perspective. He jointly edited the book India and East Asia: Learning from each other. He has contributed to the report on Development of IT Industries and Regional Innovations in BRICs-The Case of India for The Asian Institute for Regional Innovation, South Korea, and to the book by Tojo Thatchenkery et al (eds.,) ICT and Economic Development (Edward Elgar, 2006). He was a visiting Professor at the Kanazawa University and the Yokohama National University. He has been invited by the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan, to work on gender discrimination in education and its impact on economic development.

Pranab Bardhan

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He is the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.

Sanjaya Baru

Dr.Sanjay Baru is a Consulting Senior Fellow for Geo-Economics and Strategy at International Institute for Strategic studies. He is also the Editor of a leading financial newspaper in India, The Business Standard. From May 2004 until August 2008 he was the Official Spokesman and Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Prior to his official appointment, he was the Chief Editor of The Financial Express. He has also been the Associate Editor of The Economic Times and The Times of India. He is one of India’s most respected and influential commentators on political and economic issues.

Dr Sanjaya Baru has been a Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi, and a Member of India's National Security Advisory Board in the Prime Minister's Office.

Saira Basit

is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Security Policy at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. She also works as Advisor with the project Asia in Norwegian Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Basit is a doctoral candidate of political science at the University of Oslo. Her work focuses on India’s security policy. Other areas of interest are maritime strategy and Iran’s foreign policy. She is member of the editorial committee of Babylon, a journal on Middle Eastern issues, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. Basit was previously a visiting scholar at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She holds an MA in Persian and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oslo, and has studied several other languages.

Rajesh M. Basrur

is Senior Fellow at RSIS. He has obtained his MA and M Phil degrees in History (Delhi) and MA and PhD in Political Science (Bombay). Earlier, he was Director, Centre for Global Studies, Mumbai, India (2000-2007) and taught History and Politics at the University of Mumbai (1978-2000). He has engaged in post-doctoral research at RSIS (2006-07), Stanford University (2002-2003), Sandia National Laboratories (2002), the Brookings Institution (2001-2002), the Henry L. Stimson Center (2001), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995-96), and Simon Fraser University (1994). His research interests encompass the policy aspects of human security, nuclear politics, nuclear/radiological terrorism, the international politics of South Asia, and international relations theory. He has published over 50 research papers and chapters on Contemporary South Asia, India Review, Journal of Peace Research and other journals and edited volumes. His papers have also been published in French and Russian.

Ashok K.Behuria

is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He is an expert on politics and society in Pakistan, including internal political dynamics and ethno-cultural diversity, India-Pakistan relations and Kashmir, politics of nationalism, and ethnicity. He holds a PhD in International Politics from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He joined the International Centre for Peace Studies (ICPS) in 1996 and worked as Assistant Director, Associate Editor of Weekly Kashmir Trends, and Assistant Editor of Journal of Peace Studies. He has written a number of research articles, monographs and commentaries on various issues in international politics. His current project is ethno-cultural and sectarian diversity in Pakistan.

Manu Bhagavan

is Associate Professor at the Department of History, Hunter College and Graduate Center, at the City University of New York. He received his B.A. in History from Carleton College and completed his M.A. and PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his Graduate Professional Language Training from University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Central Institute of Indian Languages. His current research includes India International, under contract with Harper Collins, and K.M.Munshi: An Intellectual Biography of a Militant Gandhian, invited by and under contract with Routledge.

Ravi Bhoothalingam

Ravi Bhoothalingam is Founder and Chairman of Manas Advisory, a Consultancy practice focusing on Leadership Coaching and India-China business development. Until June 2001, he was President of The Oberoi Group of Hotels, responsible for worldwide operations of 36 hotels and 5 luxury cruise ships in six countries across Asia. Earlier, he was Head of Personnel Worldwide with BAT plc [London], Managing Director of VST Industries Ltd [Hyderabad] and Director, ITC Limited [Calcutta], both BAT Associate Companies in India. Significant portions of his career at senior levels were spent in Human Resource Development (HRD) and with Hotels, the latter with both ITC and Oberoi Hotels. Ravi Bhoothalingam (born: 1946) is a B.Sc Hons in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a Masters degree [M.A. Cantab] in Experimental Psychology from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, UK, as also an AMP from Harvard.

Ravi Bhoothalingam serves on the Boards of Directors of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Hyderabad, India and Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd, New Delhi, India. He has been Chairman of the National Committee on Tourism and Heritage of the Confederation of Indian Industry [CII] 1997-2001, Member of the Review Committee for the Archaeological Survey of India, and on India’s National Tourism Advisory Council. Previous Advisory Board memberships included Kuoni Group India and Genesis PR., respectively the Indian arms of Kuoni S.A. and Burson-Marsteller Inc.

He has traveled extensively in China and its neighbourhood. His journeys include expeditions on the Silk Route to China, journeys in Mongolia, across the Tibetan plateau and to Mount Kailas and Lake Manasarovar, and to Xanadu and ShangriLa within Inner Mongolia and Southwest China respectively. He is Convenor on Tourism for the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum (‘‘the Kunming Initiative”), and leads the India-China CEO Forum for the Confederation of Indian Industry. He is a regular speaker and writer on China, and an advocate of ‘win-win’ India-China business partnerships based on complementarities in Indian and Chinese capabilities and ways of thinking.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi University, India and Visiting Professor at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of World Affairs, a journal of international issues and a Moderator on Global Leadership Programmes for the Aspen Institute, Colorado, USA.

Ravi Bhoothalingam (married: two children) lives in Gurgaon, India. He speaks English, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, French and basic working level Mandarin.

Medha Bisht

is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). She completed her B.A (Hons) History from Miranda House, Delhi University and did her Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has a doctorate from Diplomatic and Disarmament Studies Division, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her PhD thesis focused on Multi-Stakeholder Negotiations on Security and Development. In June 2008, she attended a graduate course on Peace Research, University of Oslo, Norway. Dr Bisht has been a contributory author to various reports commissioned by the United Nations, IDRC Canada and the Government of India including the Progress of Women in South Asia (2005) published and supported by UNIFEM. Since 2007, she has been one of the contributors (India section) to the Landmine Report published by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Canada. She has taught graduate and post graduate students in Uttaranchal and Maharashtra. Her Research interests are International Negotiations and Civil Society Participation, Multi Stakeholder Processes, Bhutan, Transnational Water Issues and Dams in South Asia, Anti-Personnel Landmines.

Nicolas Blarel

is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His main areas of interest are international relations and comparative politics, and he is particularly concerned by security issues in South Asia. Prior to joining IU, he received a M.A. in Comparative Politics from Sciences-Po in Paris in 2006. Nicolas published his master thesis on Indo-Israeli strategic relations (Inde et Israël: le rapprochement stratégique, pragmatisme et complémentarité (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006)) and wrote chapters on Indo-Israeli relations in Sumit Ganguly (ed.), India’s Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010), theKashmir conflict in Hot Spot: Asia and Oceania (Westport : Greenwood Press, 2008), and onIndo-US relations in New Delhi et le monde: Une puissance émergente entre realpolitik et soft power (Paris: CERI-Autrement, 2008). Nicolas has held an internship at the French ForeignMinistry’s official think tank, the Centre d’Analyses et de Prévisions in 2007 where he mostly worked onSouth Asia and nuclear proliferation questions.

Vivek Chadha

is currently posted at Army War College MHOW. He has varied practical experience in counterinsurgency operations in Sri Lanka, the NE and J&K. He has written a number of books to includeLow Intensity Conflicts in India – An AnalysisIndo-US Relations -  Divergence to Convergence and Company Commander in Low Intensity Conflicts amongst others. He has also contributed a chapter titledIndia’s Counter Insurgency Campaign in Mizoram as part of the book India and Counterinsurgency – Lessons Learned.

Naresh Chandra

is at present Convener at India’s National Security Advisory Board. As an Indian Civil Servant he has served as the Cabinet Secretary (1990-92), the highest ranking civil servant in the Government of India, thereafter he served as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and as Governor of the State of Gujarat, before be became the Indian Ambassador to the US (1996-2001). He was awarded India's second highest civil award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his service in 2007.

Rudra Chaudhuri

is a lecturer at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He previously taught at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. His doctorial thesis looked at the importance of strategic culture in India’s historical and contemporary relationship with the United States. Chaudhuri completed his BA at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, MA at Exeter, and PhD at War Studies

Rumel Dahiya

retired as Director, Net Assessment at Integrated Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces in 2009 and joined the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi in February 2010 as Advisor Net Assessment and Defence Studies. He previously served as a Defence Attaché to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, and with the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan. He also served with Military Operations Directorate of the Indian Army. He has had extensive command and staff experience during his 32 years in the military, including in counter-insurgency situations. He is n alumnus of the National Defence College and Defence Services Staff College. He was awarded the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal from Indian Military Academy at his commissioning.

Rajib Dasgupta

graduated in Medicine from the University of Calcutta in 1989 and was awarded the Gold Medal in Surgery and the First Certificate of Honors in Medicine. He obtained his Masters in Community Health and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He served a decade with the Epidemiology Division of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. During this period (1993-2003), he dealt with the epidemics of Cholera O139, Plague, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever and SARS – problems that were technically challenging and politically sensitive. He joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2003 where he is Associate Professor at the Center of Social Medicine & Community Health. He is currently Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

He has been researched on different child health programs notably on polio eradication, immunization and nutrition. He has published in leading journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, International Journal of Health Services, Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Public Health and the Indian Journal of Medical Research dealing with programmatic and public health ethics aspects. He serves on key national advisory bodies on vector borne diseases and childhood obesity. He has been consultant on child health projects to various organizations including the UNICEF, World Bank and Save the Children. In his Fulbright Fellowship he is working towards developing a social determinants framework for understanding of child health programs.

Deep K Datta-Ray

is Assistant Editor (Edit Page) with The Times of India. He was the most published Indian in China, writing op-eds for the South China Morning Post. He was educated in Calcutta, Honolulu and Singapore before obtaining a BA (Hons) in Chinese History from SOAS, a MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a D.Phil in International Relations from the University of Sussex. His research interest is the practice of intellectual history, i.e., identifying the operation of intellectual categories in terms of hard decisions and actions. His research subject is diplomacy. He is the only person to have conducted multi-sited and extended fieldwork within the Indian bureaucratic apparatus.

Meghnad Desai

is Professor and taught at LSE between 1965 and 2003. He is the author of many books, of the most recent is The Rediscovery of India (Penguin, India) and a novel Dead On Time (Beautiful Books, London). He is a member of the British House of Lords and a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Pravasi Bharatiya Puraskar from Government of India 

Anthony P. D'Costa 

is a Professor in Indian Studies and Research Director at the Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School. Prior to this appointment in 2008 he was with the University of Washington for eighteen years. He has written extensively on the global steel, Indian automobile and IT industries, globalization, development, innovations, and industrial restructuring. He is currently working on globalization and the international mobility of IT workers, co-authoring a photographic essay on Indian modernity and industrialization, and editing volumes on economic nationalism and the development experiences of India and China. His books are: The Global Restructuring of the Steel Industry: Innovations, Institutions and Industrial Change (1999); The Long March to Capitalism: Embourgeoisment, Internationalization, and Industrial Transformation in India (2005), India in the Global Software Industry” (coedited, 2003), The New Economy and Development: ICT Challenges and Opportunities (edited, 2006), The New Asian Innovation Dynamics: China and India in Perspective (coedited, 2009), and A New India? Critical Reflections in the Long Twentieth Century (edited 2010). He has been a fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies, Fulbright-Hays, Korea Foundation, Social Science Research Council, WIDER, and most recently the Abe (Japan Foundation). He edits “Technology, Globalization and Development” and “India and Asia in the Global Economy” book series and serves on the editorial boards of Asian Business and Management , European Journal of Development Research, and the Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies.

Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

is presently Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore. She is also affiliated with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Her research interest and expertise includes Regional dynamics of Afghan Insurgency and the Counter Insurgency campaign, United States Counter terrorism policy in South Asia, Terrorism, Conflict Management, Great Power Politics and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South Asia.

Among her most recent published work is a co-edited book, Saving Afghanistan (2009) and papers on Talking to the Taliban, Unity of Effort, Afghanistan in South Asia, India'-Afghanistan realtions, US-Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, Indo-US Counter Terrorism Cooperation, Global War on Terrorism, Afghanistan's war economy,NATO in Afghanistan, Mumbai terror attacks and India-Pakistan relations, Jihad beyond Jammu & Kashmir, Countering the Naxalites, Autonomy movements in India’s North East, Media and Gender in Counter terrorism.

Shanthie has been a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC (2005-2006).She has been a Research Associate at Database & Documentation Centre of the Institute for Conflict Management, Guwahati, Assam and Editorial Assistant at the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi. She has a PhD in International Relations, American Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has conducted field studies in the United States (2005-06), Pakistan (2005), Afghanistan (2007, 2010), Jammu and Kashmir (2006) and India's North East (2003-05).

Muchukund Dubey

Prof. Muchukund Dubey is a Former Ambassador and Former Indian Foreign Secretary, the administrative head of the Indian Foreign Service, Government of India. he is also President of Council for Social Development (CSI), and Chairman of the Asian Development Research Institute, Patna. He is also a Professor in International Relations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Professor Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute

He is researching a wide array of issues related to world economy, international monetary and trading systems, security and disarmament, South Asian cooperation and international relations. Currently teaches as faculty in course Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Development Studies and would be the first module for a Masters in Development Studies, under newly formed Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD).

Meir Elran

BG (ret.) Meir Elran is the Director of the Homeland Security Program at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) of the Tel Aviv University.

Formerly the Deputy Director of the IDF Military Intelligence, Elran has an active and long experience in the field of disaster management, both as a senior practitioner as the Chief of Staff of the Tel Aviv Municipality; as a senior strategic consultant – among others to the Israeli National Security Council, the IDF, the Ministry of Internal Security and the Israeli National Police; and as a researcher at INSS. His interest in Consequence Management followed a long career in the Israeli Military Intelligence, where he served, among other positions, as the head of evaluation in the Production Division, as the Intelligence Officer of the Southern Command and as the Deputy Commandant of the National Defence College.

Elran has edited two books (on the Second Lebanon War and on Managing Chaos) and published numerous analytical papers on the issues of Homeland Security. He is a frequent speaker in academic and other professional conferences worldwide. Also, Elran is the initiator and coordinator of the Israeli Network of Resilience Researchers and of the International Resilience Researchers Network (IRRN), which held its inaugural international conference in December 2010 in Washington DC, under the sponsorship of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Elran has a BA degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Political Science and an MA degree from Indiana University in Russian Studies and International Relations. In 2009 he was a Senior International Fellow with the US NDU's Near East and South Asia Strategic Studies Center.

Theo Farrell

Theo Farrell is Professor of War in the Modern World in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and Vice Chair of the British International Studies Association. He has authored or edited 8 books, and dozens of research papers on military affairs, security studies, and international law. Professor Farrell sits on the ESRC Grants Panel. He is a former associate editor of Security Studies and Review of International Studies, and former Chair of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. Prof Farrell has held visiting fellowships at Stanford University and John Hopkins University.

Prof Farrell is an advisor to government on operations in Afghanistan. He has undertaken assessments on operations in Helmand for the British government (Oct-Nov 2009) and the British Army (April-May 2010). He was invited by the ISAF Commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, to join a strategic review of the campaign in January 2010, and in October 2010 undertook a theatre-wide assessment for the Commander of ISAF Joint Command, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez.  He holds a three-year ESRC/AHRC Research Fellowship (2009-2012) funded under the UK Research Council’s “Global Uncertainties” Programme. He is currently completing a book (with Sten Ryning and Terry Terriff) on Army transformation, and writing a contemporary military history of the British war in Afghanistan.

Ambassador C.R. Gharekan

Chinmaya Gharekhan, a distinguished member of the Indian Foreign Service, served in Egypt, the Congo, Laos, Vietnam, and former Yugoslavia. He has spent nearly a quarter century dealing with the United Nations in various capacities, first as first secretary in the Indian mission in New York, later as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and the Specialised Agencies in Geneva, and lastly as India's Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York for over six years. He also served as advisor for foreign affairs to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He was appointed Under Secretary General in the United Nations in January 1993, first as a Senior Political Advisor and later as United Nations Special Coordinator for Occupied Territories with headquarters in Gaza. He was the Personal Representative of the Secretary General to the Security Council which provided him the unique opportunity to observe and record the working of the Security Council from both sides, delegation as well as secretariat. He has had the unique experience of having served as India's representative on the Security Council, including twice as its President as well as the Secretary General's personal representative on the Council for four years during which he had the rare opportunity to closely follow its working.

James Goldgeier

received his B.A. in government from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining GW in 1994, he served on the faculty at Cornell University and was a visiting research fellow at Stanford University. In 1995-96, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow serving at the State Department and on the National Security Council staff. He has held appointments as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Henry A. Kissinger scholar in foreign policy and international relations at the Library of Congress, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2010-11, he will be a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund.

Namrata Goswami

is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis, submitted in 2005 to the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), JNU was on Just War Theory and Humanitarian Intervention: A Comparative Case Study of East Pakistan and Kosovo. At present, she is working on a project titled Conflict Management and Resolution in IDSA with specific focus on the Sami Parliament in Norway, and the Naga and Manipur Ethnic Conflicts. She has an edited book on the subject and numerous articles in refereed journals and national newspapers. She also specializes on conflict negotiations, great power politics and the rise of Asia in world politics.

Manabrata Guha

is Assistant Professor (International Security & Strategy Studies Programme), NIAS, Bangalore.  He had been Hon. Research Fellow, University of Lancaster, UK from July 2009 - June 2010.  He completed his PhD. in Politics from University of Lancaster, UK in 2009 and M.Res. (Distinction) from the University of Lancaster, UK in 2004. His research interests are International Security, History and Philosophy of War, Theory and Practice of War, Future War, Indian Philosophy of war. He is currently working on Urban Warfare, Swarming and the Future of Conflict, Martial Imaginations in Post-Human Futures, Indian strategic-military imperatives, Strategic Behaviour Analysis, and Political Theory/Philosophy.

Arvind Gupta

is an officer of the Indian Foreign Service, (1979 batch). He presently holds the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair in Strategic and Defence Studies at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Prior to joining the IDSA, Dr. Gupta was Joint Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure at the NSCS, he dealt with a wide spectrum of national security issues. Dr Arvind Gupta has wide-ranging diplomatic experience gained while working in Indian missions abroad. He has handled a number of assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs in different capacities. His current interests include the impact of globalization on India’s security, the security, foreign policy and diplomatic challenges before India, energy security, climate change, institutional reform, India’s neighbours, internal security, and technology and security.

Dhruva Jaishankar

is Program Officer for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington DC, where he manages the institution’s Asia-related activities and directs its biannual India Forum. He is also a Fellow with the Takshashila Institution. He previously served as senior research assistant with the 21st Century Defense Initiative and Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution, where he worked on projects related to India, Pakistan and nuclear non-proliferation. Mr. Jaishankar has also been a news writer and international news correspondent for CNN-IBN television in New Delhi; Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow with the Aspen Strategy Group in Washington; Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs; and Contributing Editor of the Journal of Public and International Affairs. He writes occasionally for the Indian Express and Pragati. Mr. Jaishankar has studied history and classics at Macalester College and international security at Georgetown University. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

P. R. Kumaraswamy

teaches contemporary Middle East at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was associated with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) and the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem. His publications include The Historical Dictionary of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Scarecrow, 2006). He is the Honorary Director of Middle East Institute, New Delhi (

Benjamin S. Lambeth

Benjamin S. Lambeth is a Senior Associate at the RAND Corporation.  In 1989 and 1990, he directed RAND’s International Security and Defense Policy Program.  He has written more than six dozen books and articles on air power and other defense-related matters.  He also has lectured widely on these subjects, including at all of the U.S. senior military service schools.  Before joining RAND in 1975, he served in the Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency.  Prior to that, he worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for Defense Analyses.  From 1970 to 1973, he was a Graduate Associate of the Center for International Affairs and a Teaching Fellow in Government at Harvard University.

A civil-rated pilot, Dr. Lambeth has flown or flown in more than 40 different fighter, bomber, attack, mobility, surveillance, and jet trainer aircraft types with the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as with the Royal Air Force, Canadian Forces, Royal Australian Air Force, German Luftwaffe, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force, and Israeli Air Force.  He also has attended the USAF Tactical Fighter Weapons and Tactics Course and Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, the Aerospace Defense Command’s Senior Officers’ Course, Air Force Space Command’s Senior Leaders’ Course, and portions of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor’s Course.  In 1988, he received initial qualification training and a front-seat checkout in the F/A-18 Hornet.  In December 1989, he became the first U.S. citizen to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter and the first Westerner invited to fly a combat aircraft of any type inside Soviet airspace since the end of World War II.

Dr. Lambeth graduated with honors in political science from the University of North Carolina in 1965.  He received a master’s degree with distinction in government from Georgetown University in 1968 and his doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1985.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Air Force Historical Foundation, the Board of Visitors of Air University, the Editorial Advisory Boards of Air and Space Power Journal and Strategic Studies Quarterly, and the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association.  He also is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power (Cornell University Press, 2000), which won the Air Force Association’s Gill Robb Wilson Award for Arts and Letters in 2001.  In 2002, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of U.S. military pilots.

S. Kalyanraman

is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). He is an expertise in India's foreign and security policies. He is an alumnus of Loyola College, Chennai, and holds a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. In 1995-96, he was Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London. He is Editor, IDSA Website, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Defence Studies. He is also the Review Advisor of the IDSA's The Week in Review. His current project is India's Wars since Independence.

Bharat Karnad

is Professor in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and author of several books, most recently, India’s Nuclear Policy (Praeger, 2008) and Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy (Macmillan India, 2005, 2002), now in its second edition. He was Member of the (First) National Security Advisory Board, National Security Council, Government of India, and Member of the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and, formerly, Advisor, Defence Expenditure, (Tenth) Finance Commission, India. He has been Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champagne), the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and the Henry L. Stimson Center (Washington, DC).  He secured his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

V. Krishnappa

is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi. He is an expert in Strategic Theory, India's Strategic Thought and Practice, Security Policy, West Asia, and South Asia. He holds a MSc degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. He was the Book Review Editor of Strategic Analysis (IDSA-Routledge Publication) (2005-09) and member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Defence Studies (IDSA). His current project is India's strategic thought and practice, and IDSA and India's strategic debates: 1965-2010.

Tanvi Madan

is a doctoral candidate of Public Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she worked as a research analyst with Stephen P. Cohen and James B. Steinberg in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Her doctoral work focuses on U.S. and Indian foreign policymaking. She is exploring whether and how Indian and U.S. perceptions of and relations with China have affected U.S.-India relations. Ms. Madan's other research interests include studying the effect of India's energy security-related policies on its foreign policy. She has authored publications on India's energy security policies and on the country's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Ms. Madan earned an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India

Siddharth Mallavarapu

is Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His doctoral research focused on the politics of norm creation in the context of an ICJ Advisory Opinion on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons rendered in July 1996. It has culminated in a book titled, Banning the Bomb: The Politics of Norm Creation published by Pearson Longman in 2007. He has also co-edited (with Professor Kanti Bajpai) two volumes relating to the study of International Relations in India, published jointly by Orient Longman in 2005. His ongoing research interests include issues relating to the normative foundations of global governance, the politics of knowledge surrounding the study of International Relations in a postcolonial context, theorizing power transitions and new institutionalisms. Mallavarapu has also lectured to Indian foreign policy probationers at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi.

Thomas Matussek

Ambassador Thomas Matussek is German Ambassador to India, New Delhi. He has hold several important positions in Foreign Service department, Director General, Political Department, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin (1999-2002), German Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, London(2002-2006), Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, New York (2006-2009).

He has received his education in Law and History Studies at the Universities of Paris and Bonn.

Subrata Mitra

Subrata K. Mitra is currently Head of the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute (University of Heidelberg) where he teaches and lectures on a range of topics relating to Indian politics, economy, society and the international relations of South Asia. He is editor of the Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics. He is also the editor of the Advances in South Asian Studies series of Routledge. Professor Mitra is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (New Delhi).

He received his doctorate in political science from University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, M.A. in Political Science from Delhi University, India, B.A. in Political Science from Utkal University in Orissa, India.

C.Raja Mohan

is currently the Strategic Affairs Editor of The Indian Express, New Delhi. Earlier, Mr. Mohan was Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi and at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. He also served as the Diplomatic Editor and the Washington Correspondent of The Hindu. Mohan holds a Master’s degree in nuclear physics and a Ph.D. in international relations. He was a Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, during 1983-92. Mohan was a member of the UN Inter-Governmental Expert Group on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space from 1991 to 1992. He was a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington DC from 1992 to 1993. He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board in 1998-2000 and 2004-06. He led the Indian Chapter of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs during 1999-2006. Mr. Mohan was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, Washington DC during 2009-10.

Anit Mukherjee

is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He is an expert in civil-military relations, counterinsurgency and India's foreign and security policies. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. His dissertation  focuses on civil-military relations in India. He earned his M.A. at SAIS concentrating in South Asia Studies and Strategic Studies. While at university, he has conducted research projects at the United Service Institute of India (USI) and the Brookings Institution. Most recently he worked at RAND as a Summer Associate. Prior to joining SAIS, he was a Major in the Indian Army and served in numerous command and staff appointments. He has published in the New York Times, India Review, Wall Street Journal (Asia) and Indian Express, among others. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla.

Rahul Mukherjee

is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore. He received his undergraduate education from Delhi University, pursued international relations and political economy at the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the Master's level, and secured a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. His research interests are political economy, development, economic regionalism, South Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. He is on the editorial board of India Review (Routledge), and has refereed manuscripts for journals such as Comparative Politics, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, Review of International Political Economy, and Business and Politics.

Chenicheri Satish Nambiar

Chenicheri Satish Nambiar is an Indian general who achieved international recognition as the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of UNPROFOR, the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia. Deputed by the Government of India as the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations forces UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia initially in the grade of an Assistant Secretary General and later Under Secretary General, he had the distinction of setting up the Mission under most difficult conditions, and commanding it for a year. Declining an offer of extension, he returned to the rolls of the Indian Army, and retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. He had the honour of serving as the Colonel of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army from June 1988 till retirement in August 1994.

Vipin Narang

is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010. His dissertation project systematically explores the effect of nuclear postures in deterring conflict and develops a theory for their origins in regional nuclear powers; it was awarded Harvard’s Edward M. Chase prize. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University and a predoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. His research interests include nuclear proliferation, South Asian security, and general security studies. His work has appeared in several journals including International Security and International Organization.

Amrita Narlikar

is Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, and is Official Fellow of Darwin College. She is also the Director of the newly established Centre for Rising Powers at POLIS. Prior to joining Cambridge as University Lecturer in 2004, Amrita held a permanent lectureship at the University of Exeter (2003-2004), won a Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Oxford (1999-2003), and held a Visiting Fellowship at Yale (Spring 2002). Her degrees include a Cambridge Ph.D. (by incorporation), an Oxford D.Phil. and M.Phil. from Balliol, an MA from the School of International Studies, JNU, Delhi, and a BA (Hons) in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She will be the Visiting Professor in International Politics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Autumn 2010.

Adnan Naseemullah

Dr Naseemullah is LSE Fellow in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He finished his PhD in political science at the university of California, Berkeley, in 2010. Dr Naseemullah's research interests include the political economy of industrialization, state capacity and state-building, and the politics of South Asia.

Harsh V. Pant

teaches at King’s College London in the Department of Defence Studies. He is also an Associate with the King’s Centre for Science and Security Studies and an Affiliate with the King’s India Institute. His current research is focused on Asia-Pacific security and defence issues. His most recent books include Contemporary Debates in Indian Foreign and Security Policy (Palgrave Macmillan) and Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World (Routledge).

Sarabjeet Singh Parmar

is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He is an expert in maritime issues and is currently working on the project ‘Economic Exclusive Zone and Importance of Antarctica for India’. An alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Kharakwasla and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1987. The officer is a Naval Aviator who flies helicopters. He has commanded two ships and a frontline Indian Naval Air Squadron. He has served as Joint Director Naval Plans at the Integrated HQ of MoD (Navy) and also been Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He was member of the XI Indian Antarctic Summer Expedition in 1991 and has attended the South Asia Regional Governance and Management Defence Course conducted by the British Government at Colombo in 2005. He represented the Indian Navy in the first international HOSTAC (Helicopter Operations from Ships other than Aircraft Carriers) conference held at Norfolk, USA in 2008.

T. V. Paul

is Director (Founding) of the McGill University/Université de Montreal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) and James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he has been teaching since 1991. Paul specializes in International Relations, especially international security, regional security and South Asia. He received his undergraduate education from Kerala University, India; M.Phil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Paul is the author or editor of 12 books. He has also published over 40 journal articles and book chapters and has lectured at universities and research institutions internationally. His authored books are: Globalization and the National Security State (with Norrin Ripsman), (Oxford University Press, 2010); The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons (Stanford University Press, 2009); India in the World Order: Searching for Major Power Status (Cambridge University Press, 2002, with Baldev Nayar); Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000); and Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers (Cambridge University Press, 1994). Paul is the editor or co-editor of the volumes: South Asia’s Weak States: Understanding the Regional Insecurity Predicament (Stanford University Press, 2010); Complex Deterrence: Strategy In the Global Age (with Patrick M. Morgan and James J. Wirtz, University of Chicago Press, 2009); The India-Pakistan Conflict: An Enduring Rivalry (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Balance of Power: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century (with James Wirtz and Michel Fortmann, Stanford University Press, 2004); The Nation-State in Question (with G. John Ikenberry and John A. Hall, Princeton University Press, 2003); International Order and the Future of World Politics (with John A. Hall, Cambridge University Press, 1999, 2000 (twice), 2001, 2002 & 2003); and The Absolute Weapon Revisited: Nuclear Arms and the Emerging International Order (with Richard Harknett and James Wirtz, University of Michigan Press, 1998 & 2000).

In December 2009, Paul’s Book, The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons was selected for inclusion in the Peace Prize Laureate Exhibition honoring President Barack Obama by the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo. Another book, Power versus Prudence was selected as an ‘Outstanding Academic Title for 2001’ by the Choice Magazine and as a “Book for Understanding’ by the American Association of University Presses. In March 2005 Maclean Magazine’s Guide to Canadian Universities rated Paul as one of the “most popular professors” at McGill University and in May 2005 Paul became the recipient of High Distinction in Research Award by McGill’s Faculty of Arts. He has been a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (2002-03), Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA) and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (1997-98), and a Visiting Affiliate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey (2002- 2003). He currently serves as the Chair of the International Security Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA). In 2010 he was appointed as the editor of the Georgetown University Press book series: South Asia in World Affairs.

Arun Prakash

is Admiral and Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation, which he was instrumental in creating, and former Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. Prakash graduated from the Indian Air Force Test Pilots School in 1976, the Defence Services Staff College in 1979, and the U.S. Naval War College in 1990. As a Vice Admiral, he was Commandant of the National Defence Academy in 1997-1999, and Chief of Naval Personnel at Naval Headquarters in 1999-2001. In 2004 he was promoted to Admiral and became the 20th Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy. Prakash retired as Chief of Naval Staff in 2006. While serving as Chief of Naval Staff, Prakash played an important role in renewing the Indian Navy's relationships with the United States Navy and in developing a vision of India's maritime strategy.

Deepa Prakash

is a PhD Candidate in the Political Science Department at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. She holds an M. Phil in Disarmament Studies and a Masters in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her interests lie in International Relations theory- focusing particularly on security, political violence and terrorism studies, and qualitative methods. Her research focuses on the politics of representation in the emerging counter-terrorism regime. Her teaching interests lie in international relations, globalization studies and terrorism.

Smita Purushottam

is a Senior Fellow at IDSA. She is an expert on the Chinese economy, Germany, UK, Russia, and the SAARC. Until recently, she served as Joint Secretary at the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Prior to that she served abroad as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Berlin, Minister (Political) at the High Commission of India, London, and Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Indian Embassy in Beijing. She also served as Joint Secretary in the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters in the Ministry of Defence, Director/Under Secretary (East Europe/Soviet Union) and SAARC, and Under Secretary (Bhutan) in the MEA. She spent a year as Fellow at Harvard where she prepared a paper “Can India Overtake China?” (2001), in which she compared the two economies and their respective reform experiences and analysed the ongoing reforms in the Indian economy, focusing on the telecom sector, privatization attempts and IT. Ms. Purushottam earned a master’s degree (1st class) in history from Delhi University.

Srinath Raghavan

is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). He is also Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College, London. Previously, he was Associate Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He has been associated with King’s College’s e-learning programme, War in the Modern World, and was a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. He took his MA and PhD in War Studies from King’s College, London. Prior to joining academia, he spent six years as an infantry officer in the Indian army. Srinath’s research interests are the international politics of South Asia, India’s foreign and defence policies since 1947, civil-military relations, Indian military history, and strategic theory. He is also at work on a project that examines the conceptual and cognitive foundations of strategic thinking. Srinath is the editor of Routledge Studies in War and International Politics. He comments regularly on contemporary security issues in Indian newspapers and magazines. 

Rajesh Rajagopalan

is Professor in International Politics at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies.  He has a PhD from the City University of New York (1998).  Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.  He also served as Deputy Secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Government of India (2000-2001).  He has taught at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and Queens College of the City University of New York.  His areas of research interest are international relations theory, military doctrines, and nuclear weapons and disarmament. 

Swarna Rajagopalan

works as a writer, political analyst, consultant and social entrepreneur in Chennai, India. She is also active as a scholar on traditional and non-traditional security topics. She is the founding trustee of The Prajnya Trust, which is building a centre for policy research, advocacy and networking in the areas of peace, justice and security. Her consultancy, Chaitanya, undertakes educational programming, research conferences, commissioned research, research direction and reviews as well as project evaluations and reviews. She writes for both print and electronic media; she is currently part of the team of expert bloggers on the MacArthur Foundation’s Asian Security Initiative blog.

Lora Saalman

is a Beijing-based associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Under the auspices of a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, Saalman’s research focuses on Chinese nuclear weapon and nonproliferation policies and Sino–Indian strategic relations, linking the work of Carnegie’s programs in Beijing and Washington. Saalman completed her Ph.D. at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she was the first American to earn a doctorate from its Department of International Relations. Her dissertation, which she wrote in Chinese and will translate into English, covers the impact of U.S. and European export control shifts on Sino–Indian military modernization. Saalman's talk will cover a range of findings of her dissertation research derived from extensive textual research and over 120 interviews with the academic, scientific and military communities in both China and India. She will explore the convergence and divergence of Chinese and Indian security concerns in land-based, naval, aerospace and nuclear arenas.

Rahul Sagar

is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His primary research interests lie in the field of political theory, particularly republican and democratic theory, and the topic of executive power. He is also interested in topics in international politics and the politics and society of India. His work has been published in a number of journals including The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Polity and the Review of International Studies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University (2007) and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford (2000).

Ajai Sahni

is Founding Member & Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management. Other positions currently held include Editor of the South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR), Executive Editor of Faultlines, Executive Director of the South Asia Terrorism Portal, and Member, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific - India (CSCAP-India). Dr. Sahni has also collaborated on projects with the United Nations University (UNU), specifically, on the UNU project on the Management of Insurgencies, and on the UNU World Governance Survey. He has written extensively on issues relating to conflict and development in South Asia, and has jointly edited (with K.P.S. Gill) Terror & Containment: Perspectives on India’s Internal Security and The Global Threat of Terror: Ideological, Material and Political Linkages (2002). He received a Ph.D. from Delhi University with his thesis on Democracy, Dissent & the Right to Information, and has a career that spans both the print and electronic media, as well as research.

Shanmugasundaram Sasikumar

is Research Assistant at IDSA. He graduated in 2006 and spent the 2006-2009 academic year as a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Pondicherry University.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. researching on the Realist Theories and its explanatory potential in South Asian security environment. During mid 2009 he was a Visiting Fellow at IDSA where he published an article on India’s Nuclear Command and Control: Perspectives from Organisation Theory (2010). Subsequently he joined IDSA as Research Assistant (2010 to continuing) and he is working on using neo-classical realist theory in understanding India’s neighbourhood strategy.

Kunal Sen

is Professor of Development Economics and Policy in the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK. Professor en’s recent books are Trade Policy, Inequality and Performance in Indian Manufacturing, London: Routledge 2008, International Competitiveness, Investment and Finance: A Case-study of India (with A.G. Kumar and R. Vaidya), London: Routledge 2003, and Saving, Investment and Growth in India (with P. Athukorala), Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002. He has also published over 40 articles in journals including Public Choice, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, and World Development. He has won the Sanjaya Lall Prize in 2006 and Dudley Seers Prize in 2003 for his publications.

Ronen Sen

Ronen Sen joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1966. From 1968 to 1985, he served in various capacities in Indian Embassies and Consulates General in Moscow, San Francisco and Dhaka; and in India as Deputy Secretary and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and as Secretary to the Atomic Energy Commission. From January 1986 to June 1991, Sen served as Joint Secretary to successive Prime Ministers dealing with foreign affairs, defence, atomic energy, space and other specific tasks assigned to him from time to time by the Prime Minister. During this period he had a number of assignments as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for discussions with Heads of State or Government of neighbouring and other countries.

After a brief assignment as Ambassador to Mexico from September 1991 to September 1992, he had a long tenure as Ambassador to Russia from October 1992 to October 1998 during the most tumultuous phase of the post-Soviet transition; thereafter as India's first Ambassador in Berlin as capital of reunified Germany from October 1998 to May 2002; and as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from June 2002 till his retirement from the IFS in April 2004. He served as a political appointee as Ambassador to the United States during the most rapid and far-reaching transformation of India-US relations from August 2004 to end March 2009. He is the first Indian to served as envoy to three P-5 and four G-8 capitals. During his 43 years as a public servant, he participated in about 180 multilateral and bilateral summits in six continents. Since his return to India in 2009, Sen’s primary preoccupation has been extensive travel within India, and also speaking at several universities and institutions within the country. He is a member of the six-member Jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, chaired by the Prime Minister: Member of the India-US Aspen Strategic Dialogue; Member of the Board of Tata Motors Ltd and some honourary associations.

Sandeep Sengupta

has worked on a range of environment, forestry and climate change issues over the last several years, both within and outside the government in India, and in international organisations abroad. Most recently, he served as a Special Assistant to India’s Environment Minister on climate change, and was a member of India’s official negotiating team to CoP-15 of the UNFCCC at Copenhagen. He is presently completing his PhD in International Relations at Oxford University, where he is researching the evolution of India’s foreign and domestic policies on climate change over the last 20 years. He also holds masters degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE) and IIFM, Bhopal.

Manpreet Sethi

heads the project on Nuclear Security at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi. Over the last twelve years, since completion of her Ph.D from the Latin American Division of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she has focused on issues related to nuclear strategy, energy, proliferation, export controls and disarmament. She was earlier on the research faculty of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, from 1997-2001. She is the author of Nuclear Strategy: India’s March Towards Credible Deterrence (2009) and Argentina’s Nuclear Policy (1999), co-author of Nuclear Deterrence and Diplomacy (2004) and editor of Global Nuclear Challenges (2009) and Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (2009). She has also authored the Occasional Paper, “Nuclear Deterrence in Second Tier States: A Case Study of India” for the Centre doe Sciences Humaines, New Delhi in 2009. Her research papers are widely published in national and international academic journals and books. She is a visiting lecturer at training establishments of the Indian Armed Forces and a participant in Track II diplomacy.

Ajay Shah

is a Professor, National Institute for Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi (2007-present). Earlier he was Consultant, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi (2001-2005), Associate Professor at IGIDR in Bombay(1999-2001), President, CMIE, Bombay(1993-1996) and Consultant, Rand Corporation, Santa Monica(1990-1993).  He holds a B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering, I.I.T., Bombay and Ph.D. in Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was listed among the Top 10 economists in the Indian Express supplement `The Most Powerful Indians in 2010 ', January 2010, listed in the Business Standard's list of experts who wield enormous influence in their fields, January 2009  and awarded an honorary Certified Financial Planner (CFP) by the Association of Financial Planners (AFP), 2004.

Devika Sharma

is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research on Energy Security at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and Book Review editor, South Asian Survey. She submitted her doctoral thesis at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from where she did her M.Phil. and M.A. in International Relations. Before joining TERI, she was with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

Sarang Shidore

obtained a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from from IIT Madras (India) followed by postgraduate degrees from Texas A & M University and University of Texas at Austin. He then worked in various roles in engineering, product management, and marketing in California and Texas for nearly 15 years for a UK-based multinational corporation, during which he managed two engineering software products, and also helped start the company's Offshore Development Centre in Bangalore. Sarang has authored several papers and articles in engineering and product design. He has also served as Vice Chair of the JEDEC JC15.1 subcommittee on thermal phenomena in electronics which establishes international standards for the industry. In 2010 he completed a MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from SOAS, London. Sarang's current research interests include energy security, the role of technological innovation in international relations, India's grand strategy and relations with key members of the Global South, and securitization studies.

Aseema Sinha

is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches Comparative Politics.  Her research interests relate to political economy of India, India-China comparisons, emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in the international system, and international organizations and developing countries.  She teaches courses on South Asia, social movements, globalization and developing countries, and comparative political economy.  She is affiliated with the Center for South Asia, the World Affairs in the Global Economy and Global Studies.  She is the co-collaborator in a WAGE project on "Remaking the Developmental State," 2008-2011. She has authored a prize-winning book, The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India: A Divided Leviathan (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2005).  She is also an author of journal articles on federalism, subnational comparisons in India, India and China, business collective action in India, and public expenditure across Indian states. 

Vasundhara Sirnate

Vasundhara Sirnate is a Ph.D Candidate at the Travers Department of Political Science, University of California Berkeley. She has recently been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. She currently also holds the John L. Simpson Memorial Fellowship in Comparative and International Studies, awarded by the Institute of International Studies at Berkeley.

Vasundhara’s work focuses on explaining why variations exist in counterinsurgency strategies of the Indian state. Her work focuses specifically on tribal insurgencies in northeast and central India. The research is based on deep tissue fieldwork conducted over ten months in northeast and central India. Her qualitative research is complemented by a dataset she is independently compiling on Indian insurgency and counterinsurgency since 1955. Her research sheds more light on ‘credible rivals’ to the state’s authority in conflict zones and focuses on a more local understanding of Indian sovereignty, based on how states today exist in ‘competitive institutional environments’.

Vasundhara has an MA and an M.Phil degree from the Center for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She also has a BA (Hons.) degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Narendra Sisodia

has been the Director General of IDSA since he retired as Secretary in the Ministry of Finance in January 2005. Prior to this assignment, he was Secretary, Defence Production and Supplies, Ministry of Defence. In the Government of India he has served as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence from 1988-94. As Additional Secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat, he was closely associated with the work of the Kargil Review Committee. Subsequently, he was appointed as a member of the Task Force set up to recommend measures for Reforming the Management of Defence. He was also responsible for providing resource support to the Group of Ministers on Reforming the National Security System. As the first Additional Secretary of the newly constituted National Security Council Secretariat, he was closely associated with the nascent NSCS and other support structures of the National Security Council like the Strategic Policy Group & the National Security Advisory Board. He is a member of the National Security Advisory Board.

Yuval Steinitz

Dr. Yuval Steinitz has been the Finance Minister since April 2009 and a Knesset Member since July 1999. His past positions in the Knesset includes Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Chairman of Sub-Committee on Intelligence & Secret Services, Chairman of Sub-Committee for Military Readiness and Combating Terrorism, Co-Chairman of Joint Dialogue on Defense between US Congress and the Israeli Knesset, and Chairman of Inquiry Commission on Intelligence following the war in Iraq. He has also been an active member of the left wing “Peace Now” movement. He moved right in 1994, following his criticism of the Oslo Peace Process. He has dozens of publications in his name, mostly on security & diplomacy, in Israeli and foreign newspapers and periodicals, including Ha'aretz, Yediot Aharonot, Ma'ariv, Ma'arachot, Jerusalem Post, New York Times and Commentary. Dr. Yuval Steinitz has a BA, MA (with honors) from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D in Philosophy of Science, Tel Aviv University. In 1993 he was awarded the “Alon Scholarship”, the most prestigious award for young PhD’s in Israel. He has papers published in academic journals in Israel and abroad, including The Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly, International Philosophical Quarterly, Religious Studies, Philosophical Papers, Iyyun, etc. He has published four philosophy books, which received great public acclaim in Israel. His book, Invitation to Philosophy (1987), is the most popular philosophy book in Israel history, printed in 40 editions so far.

Abdulkader Tayob

Prof. Abdulkader Tayob is from South Africa and he holds a permanent position at the University of Cape Town. His focus is on religious studies and enjoys since 2008 a five year appointment to a prestigious research chair on Islam, African publics and religious values. Besides a vast working experience at South Africa, American and European Universities, he has to his credit an impressive list of publications on modern Islamic thought and Muslim publics in public spheres of Africa. He has published extensively on the history of religious movements and institutions in South Africa. He now works on Islam and public life in Africa, and contemporary intellectual trends in modern Islam.

Jayan Jose Thomas

Jayan Jose Thomas is currently an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He has previously held academic positions at the National University of Singapore (2004 - 2008), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (2008), Madras School of Economics (2008- 2009) and Central University of Kerala (2009- 2010). Jayan completed his PhD in development economics from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (2005) and Bachelor of Technology in industrial engineering from Kerala University (1995).

Jayan’s research has dealt with various aspects of Indian development, especially issues related to labour, technology and industrialization. Jayan has worked extensively using Indian data sources, conducted field studies in industrial centres and in two Indian villages, and worked with archival material. While India will continue to be the focus of his future work, Jayan is keen to expand his research interests to other regions, particularly China. He hopes to contribute to the building of an interface between economics and other social sciences. His recent research papers have appeared in reputed journals including World Development and Development and Change, and in edited volumes published by Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. He was awarded the ‘Young Labour Economist Award’ of the Indian Society of Labour Economics in 2003.

Jayan has taught (or is teaching) courses on Macroeconomics, Indian Economic Development, International Economics, Development Economics and Knowledge Economies. Currently, Jayan is researching on the theme Labour, Capital and Technology in Indian Industrialization.

Jayashree Vivekanandan

is Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. She holds a doctorate in International Relations and a Masters in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining CPR, she was with the Resources and Global Security division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. Her research interests include transboundary resource governance, alternative approaches to international relations theory, and international relations in Asia. Her book Interrogating International Relations: India’s Strategic Practice and the Return of History will be published by Routledge this year. The book, which looks at the grand strategy of the Mughal empire, underscores the centrality of context in any cultural explanation of state behaviour and problematises the several tropes that have come to typify the strategic histories of post-colonial societies such as India.

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