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  • Jagannath P. Panda

    Research Fellow
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    Dr. Jagannath Panda is a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the East Asia Centre at MP-IDSA, New Delhi. He joined MP-IDSA in 2006.

    Dr. Panda is in charge of East Asia Centre’s academic and administrative activities, including Track-II and Track-1.5 dialogues with Chinese, Japanese and Korean think-tanks/institutes. He is a recipient of the V. K. Krishna Menon Memorial Gold Medal (2000) from the Indian Society of International Law & Diplomacy in New Delhi. 

    Dr. Panda is the Series Editor for Routledge Studies on Think Asia.

    He is the author of the book India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order (Routledge: 2017). He is also the author of the book China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Press: 2010). Dr. Panda has also edited a number of books to his credit. Most recently, he has published an edited volume Scaling India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Connectivity, Corridors and Contours (KW Publishing Ltd. 2019), and The Korean Peninsula and Indo-Pacific Power Politics: Status Security at Stake (Routledge, 2020).

    Dr. Panda is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asian Public Policy(Routledge). Dr. Panda is the first South Asian scholar to receive the prestigious East Asia Institute’s (EAI) fellowship. Most recently, he was a Unification Fellow of the Ministry of Unification, Republic of Korea (RoK), Korea Foundation Fellow (2018-19) and Japan Foundation Fellow (2018-19).

    Dr. Panda has also received a number of prestigious fellowships such as the STINT Asia Fellowship from Sweden, Carole Weinstein Fellowship from the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA; National Science Council (NSC) Visiting Professorship from Taiwan; Visiting Scholar (2012) at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), USA and Visiting Fellowship from the Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) in Shanghai, China.

    He has published in leading peer-reviewed journals like Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Journal of Asian Public Policy (Routledge), Journal of Asian and African Studies (Sage), Asian Perspective (Lynne Reiner: SSCI), Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge: SSCI), Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (Georgetown), Strategic Analysis (Routledge), China Report (Sage), Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (MD Publication), Portuguese Journal of International Affairs (Euro Press) etc.

    He obtained his doctorate (PhD) from the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS), School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. He received a Master in Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of Chinese & Japanese Studies (now East Asian studies) and studied Master of Arts (MA) at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.

    Publications at MP-IDSA

    Select Publications

    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's article ‘The Quad’s Survival Depends on Managing Security and Trade Troubles’ has been published in ‘The National Interest’, Washington DC, on October 03, 2021.

      October 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's piece ‘What Kishida as Japan PM Means for India and China’ has been published in ‘The Sunday Guardian’ on October 03, 2021.

      The piece argues that Kishida is highly likely to take Abe’s Indo-Pacific legacy ahead. This was accentuated with his victory speech post winning the LDP presidentship wherein he stated that ‘realisation of a free and open Indo-Pacific’ is a key priority and challenge.

      October 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's article on ‘Tokyo and Taliban 2.0: Gauging Japan's Political Stake in Kabul’ has been published as Focus Asia: Perspectives & Analyses at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.

      September 20, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's piece ‘Tokyo's Peace Banner on Taliban 2.0’ has been published in Japan Forward on September 17, 2021.

      The piece examines how Tokyo perceives Taliban 2.0, and what would be Japan’s future outlook towards a Taliban-led Afghanistan.

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      September 17, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Beijing’s stance on Afghanistan’s political crisis and its approach towards the Taliban regime is a critical variable that will shape the geometrics of the China–Taliban–Pakistan nexus versus India and the West.

      September 03, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • The Digital Silk Road can give China the power to shape global digital governance norms in its favour and the political, economic and strategic tools to be a technological hegemon, posing enormous challenges to emerging economies like India.

      August 24, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's article ‘The Quad and India's Strategic Choices in Afghanistan’ has been published in Prospects & Perspectives (no.43) published by the Prospect Foundation, Taiwan, on August 23, 2021.

      August 23, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's piece ‘Prime Minister Suga, One Year Later’ has been published in The Japan Forward on August 12, 2021.

      The piece addresses two questions: after almost a year of his leadership and in light of the upcoming Japanese elections, has Suga successfully responded to the international and domestic challenges he faced? How should the world —and Japan itself —evaluate Prime Minister Suga’s one year in office?

      August 12, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Envisioned as a sustainable alternative to China’s BRI, US-led Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative seeks to narrow down infrastructure deficit in the developing world. However, with their several distinct areas of focus, BRI & B3W can possibly share both complementary & competitive equations.

      August 09, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • The turn of the twenty-first century brought with it the miraculous economic rise of China in Asia and beyond; American strategy towards the region, denoted by the ‘pivot to Asia’ and acceptance of a ‘Pacific Century’ for the US,1 became increasingly China-centric. Building partnerships, forging security and commercial pacts with Asian countries and enhancing maritime presence across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) eventually became the fulcrum of America’s Asia strategy, with mainstream strategic perception in the United States on China becoming increasingly negative.

      Strategic Analysis