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  • Smruti S Pattanaik

    Research Fellow
    Email: 
    smrutispattanaik@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Dr Smruti S Pattanaik is a Research Fellow at the MP-IDSA. Her area of specialisation is South Asia. Her current research project is titled as “India’s Response to China’s Presence in South Asia: Challenges and Policy Options”.

    Dr Pattanaik has been a recipient of many international fellowships. She was a Visiting Asia Fellow (Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok) at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University in 2004 and follow-up grantee in 2007, researching on politics of identity in Bangladesh. She was a recipient of Kodikara Award in 1999 (RCSS, Colombo), a Post-doctoral Fellow at FMSH (Fondation Maison des Science de l’Homme), and was attached to the Centre for International Relations and Research (CERI, Science Po), Paris. She was selected to attend the Symposium on the East Asian Security (SEAS) Program conducted by the US State Department and USPACOM in 2011. She was a Visiting Fellow (September-October 2011) at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), she was a Visiting Professor on ICCR’s India Chair at the University of Colombo for a semester.

    She has lectured on India’s foreign policy and South Asia at the Colombo University, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Asia Centre in the University of Melbourne, University of Karachi, University of Peshawar and University of Dhaka.

    She was the Course Director of the India-Bangladesh Studies Programme jointly conducted by Jamia Millia Islamia and Dhaka University. She developed a course on "Political Developments in Bangladesh 1971-2010" as part of the European Union-funded project on Curriculum Development on Peace- building in Europe and South Asia, organised by the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia in 2011.

    Dr Pattanaik has published more than 60 research articles in various peer-reviewed journals both in India and abroad. She has contributed more than 50 chapters in edited books, and delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad. She has authored a book titled Elite Perception in Foreign Policy: Role of Print Media in Influencing India-Pakistan Relations 1989-1999 (Manohar Publishers & RCSS: 2004), and a Monograph titled Afghanistan and its Neighbourhood: In Search of a Stable Future (PRIO-IDSA, 2013). She has edited two books South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future, Pentagon Press, Delhi, (2011) and Four Decades of India Bangladesh Relations: Historical Imperatives and Future Direction, Gyan Publishing House, (2012), and two reports titled Pakistan on the Edge (2013) and Unending Violence in Pakistan: Analysing the Trend (2014). She is a member of MP-IDSA’s task force on neighbouring countries and is coordinator of Pakistan project. She writes for the Daily Star and Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh) and is on the Editorial Board of MP-IDSA’s flagship journal, Strategic Analysis published by Routledge.

    Other publications

    India and Bangladesh Land and Maritime Boundary Settlement: A Model to Follow

    Select Publications

    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s column ‘Dhaka and the geopolitical game’ has been published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’ on 01 February 2023.

      It would be important to note how the US approaches the government in Bangladesh. It has conducted significant counter-terror cooperation with Dhaka, and has always showcased Bangladesh as a moderate Muslim country, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      February 01, 2023
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article ‘Will China rescue Pakistan and Sri Lanka?’ has been published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’ on 19 January 2023.

      Rajapaksa Mattala Airport is a glaring example of unviable Sri Lankan investments, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      January 19, 2023
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s column ‘Afghan women fight for education’ has been published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’, on 04 January 2023.

      The country is at the bottom in the gender parity index, and women who constitute half of Afghanistan’s population are looking at a bleak future under the Taliban regime. Nonetheless, they are hopeful of drawing international support and attention as they struggle to return to schools and universities that will give wings to their aspirations, says Dr Pattanaik.

      January 04, 2023
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s column ‘Electioneering in South Asia’ has been published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’ on 21 December 2022.

      Economic difficulties are going to play a role in the electoral political narratives in the region, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      December 23, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article ‘Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India bolsters bilateral ties’ has been published in the East Asia Forum on 16 December 2022.

      December 16, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article ‘India’s G20 presidency and South Asia’ was published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’ on 08 December 2022.

      Since India's foreign policy has always highlighted its neighbourhood first policy, it must use its G20 presidency to push forward agendas keeping the larger interest of the region in mind as together we shall grow, said Dr Pattanaik.

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      December 08, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar, IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article ‘Nepal elections: Political stability may elude the nation again’ has been published in ‘The Daily Star’ on 04 December 2022.

      December 04, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s column ‘Turmoil in Myanmar’ has been published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’ on 23 November 2022.

      Political fragmentation will make it difficult for the country to hold together, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      November 23, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article on the assassination attempt on former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, titled ‘More like a shot in the arm’ has been published in ‘The Kathmandu Post’ on 09 November 2022.

      The assassination attempt on Imran Khan is likely to make his political fortunes soar, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      November 09, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit underlines the fact that India and Bangladesh are successfully leveraging their geographical location to advance mutually beneficial economic ties.

      October 14, 2022
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