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  • Ruchita Beri

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    Ruchita Beri is a Consultant with the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. Earlier, Ms Beri served as Senior Research Associate and Centre Coordinator, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and United Nations Centre at the MP-IDSA.  She has over three decades experience in research on international relations, political economy and security of Sub-Saharan Africa, India–Africa relations and Emerging Powers in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. She is a member of the Africa Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and serves on the Executive Board of the Forum for Indian Development Cooperation (FIDC), RIS. She is also a member of the Africa Experts Group at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. She is the former President of African Studies Association of India (ASA).

    Ms. Beri has participated in many international conferences and regularly lectures at several institutions in India, such as the National Defence College, Foreign Service Institute, Army War College and the Defence Services Staff College. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Africa Review published by Brill, the Editorial Board of Austral: Brazilian Journal of Strategy & International Relations published by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Editorial Advisory Board of Development Cooperation Review. She has edited and co-edited several books including Food Governance in India: Rights, Security and Challenges in the Global Sphere (Routledge. 2022) and India and Africa: Common Security Challenges for the Next Decade (Pentagon Press, 2016). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters and is a regular contributor to broadcast media. She has an M.Phil in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and an advanced diploma in Conflict Studies from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

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    • IDSA News

      Consultant Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s opinion piece ‘What does India’s invitation to the African Union during the G20 Presidency imply?’ has been published in ‘Awaaz’, The Voice, on 09 September 2023.

      It is hoped that India will be able to secure a consensus for the entry of AU as a full member of G20. This step would give due recognition to a resurgent Africa and enhance the voice of the developing countries on the global stage.

      September 09, 2023
    • IDSA News

      Consultant Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s article ‘India's G20 presidency: A priority to engage Africa’ has been published in India vs Disinformation, on 07 September 2023.

      To amplify the voice of the Global South, India has pitched for making African Union a permanent member of the G20 and if a proposal to this regard is accepted during the group’s summit in New Delhi, this will lead to making it become more inclusive and representative, says Ms Beri.

      September 07, 2023
    • IDSA News

      Consultant, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s article ‘15th BRICS Summit: Expansion and cooperation mechanism receive a boost’ has been published in India vs Disinformation, on 25 August 2023.

      With the admission of six countries to the BRICS at the Johannesburg summit, weight of the group at the international level has increased, but along with this what has essentially got a push has been its cooperation mechanism--all this, among member countries, says Ms Beri.

      August 25, 2023
    • IDSA Comments

      The coup in Niger has deep regional and international implications and may lead to increase in major power contestations in the region.

      August 22, 2023
    • Africa Trends

      The African Union (AU) marks its 20th anniversary this year, marking two decades of searching for African solutions for African problems. The recent COVID-19 pandemic and continuous conflicts in some parts of the region have made the going tough. It is clear that as the African Union prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022, it should redouble efforts to address the peace and security challenges on the continent.

    • Strategic Analysis

      India’s partnership with Africa has come into the limelight in recent years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Address to the Ugandan parliament in 2018 reiterated that Africa is a high priority for India’s foreign policy. India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons by Rajiv Bhatia is a welcome addition to the literature on India’s engagement with the African continent. In this volume, Bhatia has put to good use, the insights gained during his 37-year innings in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), particularly his term as India’s High Commissioner to Kenya, South Africa and Lesotho.

    • IDSA Comments

      India and Egypt elevated bilateral ties to that of a Strategic Partnership during the visit of President Abdel Fateh Al Sisi.

      February 02, 2023
    • IDSA News

      Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s article ‘India’s Deployment of Women Peacekeepers Exemplary’ has been published in Financial Express on 06 January 2023.

      This crucial step reflects India’s exemplary efforts towards mainstreaming gender in UN peacekeeping deployments and continuous support for the UN Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, says Ms Beri.

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      January 06, 2023
    • IDSA Comments

      The second India–Africa Defence Dialogue at DefExpo 2022 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat has opened multiple pathways for defence cooperation between India and Africa.

      October 18, 2022
    • IDSA Comments

      Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh’s visit to Egypt will concretise India–Africa defence cooperation through training, capacity-building, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

      October 17, 2022