Dr. Shanthie Mariet D'Souza is presently working on projects relating to Transition & Prospects for long term stabilization of Afghanistan; Politics of Aid, Development and Security in Afghanistan; Afghanistan’s Stability-Instability paradox; Regional Dynamics of the Afghan insurgency and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South Asia. She has conducted field studies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Jammu and Kashmir and India's North East.
Shanthie is Associate Editor, Journal of Asian Security & International Affairs , (Sage Publications, New Delhi);Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) at the Middle East Institute, Washington DC; Senior Analyst, South Asia desk, Wikistrat Analytic Community, New York; Strategic Studies Network (SSN) Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington DC; Advisor, Independent Conflict Research & Analysis (ICRA), London. As an External Reviewer for the country programme of ActionAid International, Afghanistan (AAA), May-June 2011, she has carried out field analysis in various provinces of Afghanistan.
She has previously been Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi; Visiting Research Associate at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC; Research Associate at Database & Documentation Centre of the Institute for Conflict Management, Guwahati, Assam and Editorial Assistant at the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi. She has a PhD in International Relations, American Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Shanthie has been Fulbright Fellow at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC (2005-06). She has been awarded the President’s Award for Excellence (2009) by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She has participated in the “US-South Asia Leader Engagement Program” organised by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), Washington, DC, May 2011.
She has presented papers at various academic and policy forums and has numerous publications to her credit. Among her most recent published work is an edited book titled Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, co-edited books on Perspectives on South Asian Security (2012) and Saving Afghanistan (2009) and papers, chapters, policy briefs and op-eds on Transition in Afghanistan, Security Sector Reform, Talking to the Taliban, Unity of Effort in Afghanistan, NATO in Afghanistan, Afghanistan in South Asia, US-Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, Indo-US Counter Terrorism Cooperation, Global War on Terrorism, Media and Gender in Counter terrorism, Mumbai terror attacks and India-Pakistan relations, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jihad beyond Jammu & Kashmir, US-Afghan relations, India-Afghan relations, China-Afghan relations, Iran-Afghan relations, Regional Perspectives of the Af-Pak Strategy, Countering the Naxalites, Autonomy movements in India’s North East.