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Name Dr. Nivedita Ray
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email directorresearch@icwa.in,   nivedita@icwa.in
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Dr Nivedita Ray is Director (Research) at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. She has done her Ph.D from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to joining the ICWA, she was a Ford Foundation Post doctoral fellow at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was associated with Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses as a Researcher on African affairs. She is the Associate Editor of the journal Insight on Africa, and Joint Secretary, African Studies Association of India.

She has undertaken research on foreign policy and security issues of the countries in Sub- Saharan Africa and has done intensive research on security issues in Horn of Africa with special focus on Sudan and Somalia. Her areas of research interest include India-Africa Relations, Indian Diaspora in Africa, Maritime Security, Gender and Conflict. She has presented research papers in various national and international seminars in India and abroad. She has contributed articles in journals, websites, magazines and chapters in edited books. Currently her research focus is on India’s Engagement with East Africa.



Research Fellows



Name Dr. Sanjeev Kumar
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email sanjeev@icwa.in
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Dr. Sanjeev Kumar is Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He received his Ph.D. from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the prestigious ASIA Fellows Award and conducted field research in Shaanxi, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces of China. He was affiliated with the School of International Studies, Peking University, Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing as Visiting Fellow. Dr Kumar was educated in Chinese Language from the Graduate School, CASS, Beijing. He has presented papers at national and international conferences in India and abroad.

His research interests lie in the areas of China’s foreign and neighbourhood policy, India-China relations and the political economy of China’s development, including rural development. Dr. Kumar has published research papers in these areas and contributed chapters in edited volumes published in India, China and the US. Dr. Kumar has co-edited with Ambassador C. V. Ranganthan The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: A Major Turning Point for China (New Delhi, 2013)

Name Dr. Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email frsiddiqui@icwa.in
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Dr. Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He received his PhD from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru university, New Delhi with a dissertation on Islamic-Political Movement in West Asia and South Asia. His research expertise includes Islamic undercurrent in West Asian Politics and dynamics of development and modernization in the Arab World. His knowledge of the West Asian region is grounded in the linguistic and Islamic perspectives with the particular orientation of historical evolution of the region. He knows Arabic, Urdu, and Persian apart from English and Hindi. He has authored a book, "The Concept of Islamic State: From the time of Caliphate to Twentieth Century: Pre-Ikhwan and Post Ikhwan phase" published from Lebanon. He has presented papers in national and international Conference in India and abroad and contributed chapters in edited books. Before joining ICWA, he was associated with Ford Foundation.

Name Dr. Zakir Hussain
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email zhussain@icwa.in
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Dr Zakir Husain is Research Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. He is a political economist. His research focus is Middle East, Pakistan, US and China. He has research experience of more than 7 years. Before joining the ICWA, Dr Hussain was associated with National Labour Institute (NLI), International Labour Organisation (ILO), Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and National Maritime Foundation, a Delhi-based think tank of the Indian Navy. Dr Zakir has also offered consultancy to IOM, EU, E&Y, etc. He has been a visiting scholar to several countries, including China, USA, Syria, Kuwait, etc. His three books on Saudi Arabia, GCC Nuclear policy and Arab Spring are in press. Recently he was invited by the Department of State to visit US under the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP). Dr Hussain has been regularly consulted for his views by national and international media, both print and electronic. Recently, he has been rated among the top ten young Indian thinkers by a Bangaluru-based think tank, MTC Global.

Name Dr. Asif Shuja
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email shuja@icwa.in
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Dr. Asif Shuja is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. Currently he is working on a research project on India's Diplomatic Challenges in Maintaining India-Iran Relations. Prior to joining the ICWA, he was working as a Research Associate in the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi on a research project on the Controversies surrounding the Iranian Nuclear Programme. During his stay in the CAPS, he was also associated with the Nuclear Security Project of the Department of Atomic Energy.

Dr. Shuja has done his Ph.D. on Iran's Domestic Political Power Struggle from the Centre for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research expertise includes the Domestic Politics of Iran, the Iranian Nuclear Issue and India-Iran Relations. His other research interests include Regional Power Struggle in the Gulf, Nuclear Proliferation in the Gulf and India's Energy Diplomacy. He has widely published his research papers in the Journals pertaining to his area of interests.

Name Dr. Dinoj Kumar Upadhyay
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email dinoj@icwa.in
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Dr. Dinoj Kumar Upadhyay is a Research Fellow at Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. He received his PhD in European Studies from Center for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. At the ICWA, he has been engaged in research on European Union, India-EU relations, Central and Eastern Europe and Afghanistan.

Name Dr. Athar Zafar
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email zafar@icwa.in
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Dr. Athar Zafar is a Research Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. Before joining ICWA, he was associated with British Broadcasting Corporation, New Delhi. He has done his Ph. D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

At the Council, Dr. Athar Zafar is engaged in research on Central Asia. His areas of interest include Iran and Afghanistan. He has presented several papers at national and international seminars. He stayed for about a month in Tajikistan while pursuing his Ph. D and his knowledge of Persian and Tajiki helps in firsthand access to the original sources from the regions.

Name Dr. Smita Tiwary
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email smita@icwa.in
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Dr. Smita Tiwary is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. Before joining the ICWA, she was a Guest Faculty in the University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia, taking courses on various issues of India and South Asia. She has also worked with the United Service Institution of India (USI) and Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) New Delhi and has been part of many research projects.

Dr. Tiwary has received her PhD from South Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, JNU. Her research interests include: Government and Politics in South Asia, SAARC, India’s Foreign and Neighbourhood Policies, Indian Diaspora and, International Migration and Development. Currently her research focus is on South Asia.
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Name Dr. Stuti Banerjee
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email stuti@icwa.in
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Dr.Stuti Banerjee is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. Before joining the ICWA, she was an Associate Fellow in Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi. At CAPS she was part of the Nuclear Security project and was studying the development of nuclear energy in the countries within Asia. During her is tenure at CAPS she has also written on the concept of 'Soft Power'. She has worked as a Research Intern for the Observer Research Foundation. She has received her PhD from the American, Canadian and Latin American Studies Division, School of International Studies, JNU.

At the Council, Dr. Banerjee is engaged in research on US and Latin America. Her research interests include: Nuclear security and risks, Indian Foreign Policy, US foreign policy, defence and strategic studies.
Name Dr. Indrani Talukdar
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email indrani@icwa.in
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Dr. Indrani Talukdar is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. Before joining the ICWA, she was a Research Associate in Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi and worked as a Research Assistant in Foundation for National Security Research (FNSR).

Dr. Talukdar has received her PhD from West Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, JNU. Her research interests include: Turkey, Cyprus Issue, Greece, Turkey-Greece Relations, Strategic studies, Peace and Conflict studies, Defence studies, Foreign Policy, Russia and US. Currently her research focus is on Russia.
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Name Dr. M. Samatha
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email samatha@icwa.in
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Dr. M. Samatha is a Research Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. She received her PhD from South Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. At ICWA, Dr. Samatha is engaged in research on Sri Lanka and Maldives. Research interests include: conflict resolution, peace building in internal conflicts and foreign policy of South Asia.


Name Dr. Amit Kumar
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email amitk@icwa.in
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Dr. Amit Kumar is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. Previously, he was an Associate Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He has also worked with the Indian Pugwash Society, New Delhi. Dr. Kumar received his PhD and MPhil in International Relations from South Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

His areas of research interest include South Asian politics, India and neighbourhood, India's foreign policy, Indian Ocean geopolitics and Asian Security.


Name Dr. Omair Anas
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email omair@icwa.in
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Dr. Omair Anas, Research Fellow at the ICWA. is PhD from Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has worked on media uses of Arab diaspora in Germany and their response to the Arab uprisings. He has published and contributed many articles on soft power, democratization in the Arab world, role of social media in the Arab uprisings, cyber public sphere and diasporic Arab public sphere in Europe. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Media and Communication Studies, Freie University Berlin, Germany during 2012-2013.


Name Dr Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email dhrubajyoti@icwa.in
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Dr Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Sapru House, New Delhi. Prior to joining ICWA, Dr Bhattacharjee was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Siliguri College, University of North Bengal for ten years (2005-2015). He received his M. Phil and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University working extensively on Pakistan's foreign policy decision making under civilian and military leaderships. His interest also includes Terrorism, Human Security, Foreign Policy Decision Making, India and Myanmar, South Asian politics and political and strategic development in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Name Dr Rakesh Kumar Meena
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email rakesh@icwa.in
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Dr Rakesh Kumar Meena is Research Fellow (in Hindi) at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Sapru House, New Delhi. Prior to joining ICWA, Dr Meena was an Assistant Professor at National Council of Educational Research &Training (NCERT), New Delhi for seven years (2007-2014). He received his M. Phil and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His doctoral thesis was focused on Constitutional Development in Nepal (in Hindi). His areas of research interest include South Asian politics, SAARC, India and its neighborhood, India's foreign policy, political and constitutional Development in Nepal.


Name Dr. Nihar Ranjan Das
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email nihardas@icwa.in
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Dr. Nihar Ranjan Das is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. A Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he worked on "Drug Trafficking and Politics in South Asia: A Case Study of Pakistan", for his thesis. He has completed his M.Phil. in South Asian Studies and M.A. in Political Science from the same university. Prior to joining ICWA, Dr. Das was associated with Council for Social Development, New Delhi, and worked on issues such as disaster management, rehabilitation and resettlement, etc.

He has been specializing on Pakistan and Afghanistan in the context of their peculiar domestic security situations, political developments and broader geopolitical considerations. His other research interests include security and strategic implications of fundamentalisms in South Asia and India-Pakistan bilateral relations.

Name Dr. Sanghamitra Sarma
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email sanghamitra@icwa.in
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Dr. Sanghamitra Sarma is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. She has received her Ph.D from Department of Political Science, Gauhati University. Prior to joining the ICWA, she was an Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellow in the same department. She has also worked as a Project Fellow under UGC - SAP. She has contributed a number of research papers in peer - reviewed national and international journals on areas like Indian foreign policy, European Union, Southeast Asia, immigration in Northeast India, party history and politics in the region and has also widely presented papers in national and international seminars.

At the Council, Dr. Sarma is engaged in research works focussing on the European Union. Her other research interests include governance and politics in South Asia and Southeast Asia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and India's foreign and neighbourhood policies among others.

Name Dr. Avinash Godbole
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email avingodb@gmail.com
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Avinash Godbole is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs since March 2016. Prior to this he was Research Assistant at IDSA. He was recently awarded Doctor of Philosophy at CEAS, SIS, JNU. His doctoral thesis is on the Political Economy of China's Environment. He was a Visiting Fox Fellow at the Macmillan Center at Yale in 2007-08. His research interests are in the fields of Chinese Foreign Policy, Environmental Changes in China, Minorities in China, Domestic Politics in China, China's Asia strategy and India-China Relations. He has written extensively on these subjects in academic and media publications.


Name Dr. Arundhati Sharma
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email arundhati@icwa.in
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Dr. Arundhati Sharma is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. Prior to joining the ICWA, she worked with the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Prime Minister's Office. She was also associated with the Foundation for National Security Research (FNSR), New Delhi as a Research Assistant and as an Assistant Editor.

She has completed her M.Phil and Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has presented research papers in various national and international seminars. She has contributed articles in journals and chapters in edited books. Her research interests are in international political economy, which include international negotiations at the World Trade Negotiations (WTO) with focus on South Asia, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) among others.


Name Dr. Ambreen Agha
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email ambreenagha01@yahoo.co.in
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Dr. Ambreen Agha is Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. She joined the Council in November 2016 and received her Ph.D. from Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In her Ph.D she worked on women's participation in Islamic revivalist movements. The focus of her study was on 'Women in an Islamic Revivalist Movement: A Study of the Tablighi Jama'at'.

Before joining the Council, she previously worked with the Institute for Conflict Management, New Delhi from July 2010 to October 2016. At ICM, her area of research was terrorism, religious violence and extremism in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before joining ICM, she worked as a researcher and member of the editorial board at United Service Institution (USI), New Delhi for a book project on India's role in United Nations Peacekeeping missions.

Apart from conflict and violence, she has also been engaged in research and writing on issues of inter-faith dialogue and harmony and has specifically worked on the history of Jew-Muslim relations. In July 2016, she attended the pre-Summit G-20 inter-faith Conference in Kerala, India.

At the Council, Dr. Agha is engaged in research on areas of conflict, terrorism and counter-terrorism. Her larger interest areas include Conflict, Comparative Religion and various religious orientations that assert themselves, in both violent and non-violent forms.


Name Dr. Md. Abdul Gaffar
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email agaffar@icwa.in
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Dr. Md. Abdul Gaffar is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. He has received his Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His doctoral thesis was on the role of Ideology in Iranís foreign policy. He was a senior Research Fellow, UGC. He has contributed research papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited books related to Iranís foreign policy, Iranian nuclear programme, International Studies in India, North East India, Rohingya issue and Manipuri Muslims. He has presented research papers in various national and international seminars in India and abroad. His research interest include Iranís foreign policy, strategic development in West Asia (Middle East), Islam and politics, Muslims in North East India.


Name Dr. Ashish Shukla
Institute name Indian Council of World Affairs
Email ashish@icwa.in
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Dr Ashish Shukla is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. Prior to joining ICWA, he was associated with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.

Dr Shukla has taught courses on India-Pakistan Relations for mid-level officers at the Border Security Force (BSF) Academy, Tekanpur, Gwalior, M.P. Besides, he has intermittently taught Political Science and Pakistan as guest teacher at the School of Open Learning, University of Delhi, New Delhi.

Dr Shukla received his M. Phil. and Ph.D from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests are South Asian Affairs, Regional Security in South Asia, Af-Pak Dynamics, internal political and security related developments in Bangladesh and Pakistan. He has a number of publications to his credit including a book, chapters in edited books, journal articles and newspaper op-Eds. Additionally, he has delivered lectures at colleges and institutes, and made several presentations in national and international conferences.