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  • Smruti S Pattanaik

    Research Fellow
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    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 Pattanaik’s chapter ‘The India-China Geo-Economic Contest for Influence in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives’ has been published in Bhumitra Chakma & Xiudian Dai edited ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Politics of Connectivity: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the 21st Century’, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

      September 09, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article ‘Taking the next step: Moving ahead with India-Bangladesh defense cooperation’ has been published in Dhaka Tribune on 09 September 2022.

      As close neighbours and partners, defense cooperation in the context of larger security cooperation will only give a boost to the excellent bilateral relations that India and Bangladesh share, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      September 09, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article, ‘Sri Lanka Crisis: Why is Saarc Missing in Action?’ has been published in ‘The Daily Star’ on 24 July 2022.

      If Saarc as an organisation and its food bank cannot extend help to Sri Lanka, which is a member state, it will only illustrate that the regional spirit is dead – a body without a soul, says Dr Pattanaik.

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      July 24, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Though the Janatha aragalaya (people’s struggle) against the Rajapaksas was spontaneous, the role of the Left organisations in galvanising this into a movement that ousted the Rajapaksa family is an important landmark in Left politics.

      July 21, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article “India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy: the primacy of geoeconomics” has been published online in the Roundtable Journal 111(3), on 15 July 2022.

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      July 15, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article, ‘Is It Sri Lanka’s ‘Arab Spring’ Moment?’ has been published in Bangladesh daily ‘The Daily Star’ on 12 July 2022.

      South Asia has seen many instances of popular uprising against authoritarian and unpopular regimes; however, the Sri Lankan situation remains unparalleled in recent history as it was the economic crisis that underpinned what many describe as the Bastille moment, or its "Arab Spring," that jostled a political awakening, says Dr Pattanaik.

      July 12, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s opinion piece ‘आज दुनिया के लिए सबक है श्रीलंका’ has been published in Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’ on 10 July 2022.
      Dr Pattanaik analyses the Sri Lanka crisis in the article.

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      July 10, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S Pattanaik’s article ‘Geopolitics of Bangladesh's liberation’ is published in the Journal of International Relations (Dhaka University), Special Issue on Bangladesh and the World, Achievements and Future, Vol 15, No 1&2, 2022.

      The article explores Bangladesh’s journey especially in the context of the geopolitics of the 1971 Liberation War and its progress as a nation-state

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      July 01, 2022
      IDSA News
    • India’s role in the liberation war is often seen through the geopolitical prism. Its response to developments in East Pakistan was complex and evolved over a period of time. Before taking recourse to military action, India exhausted its diplomatic initiatives to draw the attention of the international community to the refugee crisis which arose due to the Pakistan Army-perpetuated genocide – a term first used by India in the Parliament Resolution of 31 March.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s Article ‘श्रीलंका में आम लोगों के साथ खड़ा भारत’ has been published in Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’ on 12 May 2022.

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      May 12, 2022
      IDSA News