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  • Gulbin Sultana

    Research Analyst
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    Dr Gulbin Sultana is a Research Analyst with the South Asia Centre in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. Her area of research in the institute includes Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She has written extensively on the politico-economic and foreign policy developments of these two countries. Additionally, Dr Sultana takes interest in the study of small island states particularly in the Indian Ocean Region and also issues pertaining to maritime security. She has done her MPhil on "India's Naval Support to Sri Lanka and the Maldives" from the South Asian Studies Division of School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded a PhD degree too by the same university. Her doctoral thesis was on "Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security: A Study of Military and Non-military Responses."  Before joining MP-IDSA, she worked with the National Maritime Foundation and the United Service Institution of India in New Delhi. She is also a visiting fellow with the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement.


    • “Future of the LTTE” World Focus, 29:10, October 2008
    • “Sri Lankan State and its Military Successes” World Focus, 30:7, July 2009
    • “Chronology on India-Sri Lanka Relations” published in S. Liyanage, P.Sahadevan & A. Kinra, eds. (2009), Intra-State Conflicts & inter-state Relations, Colombo: South Asia Pacific Institute
    • Future of the Tamils in Sri Lanka”, Strategic Perspective, January-March 2010.
    • Book Review: Ashoka Bandarage, The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2009), India Quarterly, March 2010, 66: 129-131.
    • 18th Amendment: Making a Mockery of Democracy in Sri Lanka”, IDSA Comment, October 7, 2010.

    Select Publications

    • Research Analyst Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s article ‘Quandary over AUKUS? Need to bolster India-Sri Lanka ties’ got published in the Financial Express on October 03, 2021.

      As the developments are taking shape in the Indian Ocean in the context of the QUAD and AUKUS, it is in the interests of both India and Sri Lanka to engage in meaningful and effective cooperation, without affecting their respective bilateral relations with extra-regional partners, says Dr. Sultana.

      October 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, MP-IDSA Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s commentary, ‘India-funded Thilamake Bridge Project: A Potential Economic Engine for the Maldives’, has been broadcast by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR on September 2, 2021.

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      September 02, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s Commentary ‘Internal power struggle in the Maldives: Why India and the international community should be worried’ has been published by India Narrative on August 14, 2021.

      August 14, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s chapter ‘Present State of Defence Cooperation between India and Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges’, has been published in Samatha Mallempati (ed.), ‘India-Sri lanka Relations: Is it Time for Reorientation of Policy?’.

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      August 06, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s Commentary ‘India Extends Support to Abdulla Shahid’s “Presidency of Hope”’ has been published by the External Services Division of All India Radio (AIR) on August 1, 2021.

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      August 01, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s article ‘Maldives’ Abdulla Shahid as President of the 76th UNGA: What does it mean for India?’ got published in the Financial Express on July 28, 2021.

      After President Ibrahim Solih came into power in November 2018, Maldives' foreign policy priority has been to restore the relations with India, the US, and other Western powers which declined significantly during Yameen’s period, says Dr. Sultana.

      July 28, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s article ‘India reacts to the “India Out” campaign in the Maldives’ has been published in Financial Express on July 7, 2021.

      July 07, 2021
      IDSA News
    • The attack on Mohamed Nasheed has exposed Maldives’ vulnerability to acts of terrorism. The biggest test for President Solih is to overcome the challenges to tackling national security threats and address the concerns of the liberal Maldivians.

      July 01, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • Research Analyst, MP-IDSA, Dr Gulbin Sultana's article 'Colombo Port City Economic Commission breeds economic and Geostrategic Concerns' has been published in the Financial Express on June 02, 2021.

      The act provides for the establishment of the Colombo Port City Special Economic Zone (SEZ); and the Colombo Port City Economic Commission (CPCEC), writes Dr. Sultana.

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      June 02, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Gulbin Sultana’s commentary ‘India-Maldives: Continuing Momentum of Bilateral Engagement’ got published by the external services division of All India Radio (AIR) on April 19, 2021.

      Since 2018, efforts have been on, both from India and the Maldives to strengthen and re-energize bilateral relations between the two close neighbours. High-level bilateral visits are testimony to the commitment of both sides to continue the momentum, writes Dr. Sultana.

      April 19, 2021
      IDSA News