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  • Nachiket Khadkiwala

    Research Assistant
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    Archive data: Person was Research Assistant at IDSA

    Nachiket Khadkiwala has been Research Assistant in IDSA’s Africa, Latin America and UN Centre (ALACUN) since 2013. Broadly, his work revolves around the fields of International Relations; Geopolitics/Geo-economics; Foreign Policy; Security Studies; and Strategic Studies. He specialises in the geopolitics and foreign policy of Europe and the European Union, and Europe-Africa Relations with a special interest in Libya and conflicts in the Sahel region. He is involved in researching on areas of military intervention, globalization, multilateralism and global governance as well. Nachiket has an interdisciplinary background with an MA in Development Studies from B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi, and an MPhil in European Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a regular contributor and part of the editorial team of Africa Trends, a quarterly newsletter published by IDSA. He is a member of the International Studies Association and International Political Science Association, and has presented papersat international conferences in Europe and United States. His publications include: “The Niger Delta Avengers: A Formidable Threat,” Africa Trends, 5 (1), 2016; “China-EU Relations: Marco Polo arrives from the East?,” in China Year Book 2015: China’s Transition under Xi Jinping, Jaganath P. Panda (ed.), IDSA: New Delhi, 2016; “Need to Build an Effective Indo-German Partnership,” IDSA Comment, November 9, 2015; “Libyan Chaos reaches European shores,” Africa Trends, 4 (2), 2015; Book Review of Stefano Guzzini (eds.), The Return of Geopolitics in Europe? Social Mechanisms and Foreign Policy Identity Crises”, Strategic Analysis, 39(2), 2015, pp. 219-222; “The Limits of French Military Intervention in Mali,” Africa Trends, 3 (2), 2014.

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    • Given the lack of feasibility of other policy initiatives in order to deal with Libya, from where majority of migrants cross-over, militarisation remains the only option. Even the military solution is going to achieve partial results and human trafficking will continue to thrive. In all the chaos, migrants will be caught between a rock and a hard place, with Libya being unpropitious to stay and journey to Europe being increasingly perilous.

      Africa Trends
    • At a time when the country is going through a political transition and the resultant realignment of patronage networks in Niger Delta region, economic woes due to low oil prices, and the revamping of oil industry, the emergence of NDA is a result of the ‘politics of oil’ in Nigeria that has been ongoing for years.

      Africa Trends
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Mr Nachiket Khadkiwala’s commentary on Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to Tunisia, titled ‘Vice president Ansari’s visit to Tunisia’ was published in the All India Radio World Service on June 5, 2016.

      June 05, 2016
      IDSA News
    • India and Germany have complementarities that can make them effective partners. However, converting these complementarities into possibilities will depend on creating conducive environment for greater German investment and a better understanding of the German world view.

      November 09, 2015
      IDSA Comments
    • The paucity of options for a solution will lead to increasing securitisation of
      migration in Europe. Meanwhile, the African Union should recognise that the
      migrant problem is as much theirs as of Europe. After all, the migrants perishing
      in the sea are not Europeans, but Sub-Saharan Africans.

      Africa Trends
    • Libya has ripened into a proxy war between the regional powers. While Qatar, Turkey and Sudan have been supporting the Libya Dawn and General National Congress (GNC) based in Tripoli, Egypt and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are backing the internationally recognised government based in Tobruk and its allied General Khalifa Haftar's Operation Dignity. However, such a proxy war will only destabilise Libya.

      Africa Trends
    • The end of the Cold War was one of the defining moments in Europe’s geopolitical history. The ‘frozen spatiality’ that dominated the geopolitical space of Europe for half a century came undone. The emergence of a new spatial reality brought with it a novelty of issues that had to be dealt with by strategic and political elites and their appendages (academia and media). Their interpretation of the end of the Cold War, and the choices they made, were critical in the evolution of a particular type of geopolitical thought and foreign policy discourse.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Containment of the terror threat in Sahel secures Europe, particularly its Southern parts; hence France has an interest in securing the region. However, France will not try to address the deep rooted political and socio-economic factors that are at the core of the Malian conflict as well as conflicts in other parts of Sahel.

      Africa Trends