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Dr Shanthie Mariet D'Souza
     
Designation : Research Fellow
Email : isassmd@nus.edu.sg
Tel : (65) 65167027
Fax : (65) 67767505
 
Introduction
 

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D'Souza is presently working on projects relating to Politics of Aid, Development and Security in Afghanistan; Transition & Prospects for long term stabilization of Afghanistan;; 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. As Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Afghanistan, (September 2013) and External Reviewer for the country programme of ActionAid International, Afghanistan (May-June 2011), she has carried out field analysis in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Dr. D’Souza 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.

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.

Dr. D’Souza 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, Peace-building, 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, Indian Mujahideen, US-Afghan relations, India-Afghanistan relations, China-Afghan relations, Iran-Afghan relations, Regional Perspectives of the Af-Pak Strategy, Countering the Naxalites, Autonomy movements in India’s North East.

 
Area of Interest and Expertise
 
  • Reconstruction, Governance and Institution building in post conflict societies
  • Challenges to Policy making, State and Peace building in fragile states
  • Regional Dynamics of the Afghan insurgency
  • Terrorism and Strategies in Counter terrorism
  • Non State Armed Groups, Illicit Networks and Armed Conflicts in South Asia
  • Countering Violent Extremism in South Asia
  • Armed conflicts, Illicit Networks and War economy
  • Security Sector Reform and Civil-Military Relations in Afghanistan
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Great Power Politics, Global governance and Emerging Powers
  • Water, Borders, Energy and Cyber Security
  • Media and Gender in counter terrorism
  • Strategic Communications and Role of Social Media
  • Non Traditional security Issues in South Asia
  • Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution
  • Role of Dialogue, Negotiations, Reconciliation, Mediation, Peace and Confidence-building measures in South Asia
  • India’s foreign, aid and security policy ( Jammu & Kashmir, Left wing extremism and autonomy movements in India’s North East)
  • Political Systems, Interest groups and Foreign Policy making in South Asia
  • Regional Cooperation in South Asia and South East Asia
 
Current Research
 

Transition and Issues in Long term Stabilization of Afghanistan

Politics of Aid, Development, Gender and Security in Afghanistan

India-Afghanistan Relations: 2001-14 (Book project)

 
Publications
 
    • “The Indian Mujahideen: The New Face of Jihadist Consolidation”, (Co-authored), Combating Terrorism Exchange (CTX) Journal, Global ECCO project, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA. ( Forthcoming-May 2014)
    • “India in Post-ISAF Afghanistan”, Welt Trends: Journal for International Politics and Comparative Studies, (Germany: University of Potsdam, 2014). No. 94, pp. 40-49, January-February, 2014.
    • “India’s Evolving Policy Contours towards post 2014 Afghanistan”, The Journal of South Asian Development, pp. 185-207, (New Delhi: Sage, 2013).
    • “Left-Wing Extremism: Rethinking India’s COIN Strategy” (Co-authored), Small Wars Journal, (Small Wars Foundation, Bethesda, MD, USA, July 30, 2013).
    •  “President Karzai's Wish List and New Delhi's Strategic Volte-Face in Afghanistan”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, (Washington DC: Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University), June 11, 2013.
    • “Transition in Afghanistan: War of perceptions”, Small Wars Journal, ( Bethesda, USA :Small Wars Foundation, January 2013).
    • “India’s Evolving Policy Contours towards post 2014 Afghanistan”, The Journal of South Asian Development, (New Delhi: Sage, 2013). (Forthcoming)
    •  India’s Stake in Afghanistan’, Dispatches, The Journal of International Security Affairs, No. 20, (Washington DC, Spring/Summer 2011).
    • ‘Afghanisation’ of the Security Sector: An Assessment”, (Co-authored), Journal of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), pp. 116-127 (New Delhi: Knowledge World, Summer 2011).
    •  Afghanistan in South Asia: Regional Cooperation or Competition?” South Asian Survey, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 23-42, (New Delhi|: Sage, March 2009).
    • “Countering the Naxalites: Is there a need to ‘bring in’ the Army?” Journal of Defence Studies, Vol.3, No.3, pp. 125-132 (New Delhi, July 2009).
    • “Media and Counter terrorism: The Indian Experience,” Strategic Analysis, Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 637-641, (Routledge: New Delhi, September 2009).
    • “Jihad beyond Jammu & Kashmir,” Strategic Analysis, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 332-333, (Routledge: New Delhi, May 2009)
    •  “Mumbai Terrorist Attacks and Indo-Pakistan Relations,” (Co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray), Agni: Studies in International Strategic Issues, Volume 12 (1), New Delhi, January-March 2009.
    • “Talking to the Taliban: Will it ensure 'peace' in Afghanistan?” Strategic Analysis, Vol. 33, Issue. 2, pp. 254-272, (Routledge: New Delhi, March 2009).
    • “Indo–US Counter Terrorism Cooperation,” Strategic Analysis, Volume 32, Issue 6,  pp. 1067-1084, (Routledge: New Delhi, November 2008).
    • “Unity of Effort’: The missing link in the Afghan Counter Insurgency Campaign,” Strategic Analysis, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp. 855-878, (Routledge: New Delhi, September 2008).
    • India’s Aid to Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects,” Strategic Analysis, volume 31, Issue 5, pp. 833-842, (Routledge: New Delhi, September 2007).
    • “US-Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Dynamics and Challenges,” Strategic Analysis, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp.525-561,(New Delhi: July-September 2006).
 
Book Reviews

     

    •  “9/11 Wars” by Jason Burke, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008), in Small Wars & Insurgencies, Vol. 23, No. 2,  (UK: Routledge, May 2012).
    •  “Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan,” by Antonio Giustozzi, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008), in Small Wars & Insurgencies, Vol. 20, No. 2, (UK: Routledge, June 2009).
    • “Negotiating Reconciliation in a Shrinking Political Space” reviews of Antonio Giustozzi, Decoding The New Taliban: Insights From The Afghan Field (London: C Hurst & Co, 2009, pp. 318) and Antonio Giustozzi, Empires Of Mud: Wars And Warlords In Afghanistan, (London: C Hurst & Co, 2009, pp. 332), The Book Review, Vol. 34, No. 8, (New Delhi: The Book Review Literary Trust, August 2010).
    • “Complex Realities” review of Martin Axmann, Back To The Future: The Khanate Of Kalat And The Genesis Of Baloch Nationalism 1915-1955, (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. xxiii+336), The Book Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, (New Delhi: The Book Review Literary Trust, February 2010).

     

  •  “The changing character of insurgency”, Op-Ed, The Tribune, Chandigarh, July 12, 2013.
  • “A guide to Afghanistan in four scenarios”, OP-ED, The Hindu, New Delhi, June 12, 2013. (Republished in The Bangladesh Today (Dhaka) and Eurasia Review)
  • Violence in Assam: Resource wars, Illegal Migration or Governance Deficit?” (Co-authored), New Age, Dhaka, September 11, 2012.
  • “Window of opportunity opens for Afghanistan”, Op-Ed, The Business Times, Singapore, June 27, 2012.
  • "The Changing face of the Taliban", The Straits Times, Singapore, March 14, 2012.
  • “New Delhi-Kabul pact- A ground-level view”, OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, October 23, 2011.
  • “The Challenge of Reconciliation”, (Co-authored with Aaron C Taliaferro), The Straits Times, Singapore, September 16, 2011.
  • “Anatomy of a deal still in the making”, OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, August 28, 2011.
  • “Balancing Interests in Afghan-US Ties”, The Straits Times, Singapore,  August 3, 2011.
  • “On the ground in Kabul, peace remains elusive", The Straits Times, Singapore, July 2, 2011.
  • ‘The message from Kabul’, OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, May 14, 2011.
  • “Redefining the Af-Pak endgame”, (Co-authored), OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, May 7, 2011.
  • TAPI - a pipeline of peace in South Asia?, OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, March 20, 2011.
  • “Great game's endgame?” OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, Oct 31, 2010.
  • “Taleban gains from fraud-marred polls”, OP-ED, The Straits Times, Singapore, September 21, 2010.
  • India's Afghan gamble”, OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, Aug 14, 2010.
  • India's Tripartite Plan for Afghanistan The Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2010.
  • "Mining the Maoist and Taliban Fights", (Co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray), The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2010.
  • "Friends with benefits: Can India and Iran find common grounds in Afghanistan? Indian Express, New Delhi, July 13, 2010.
  • Afghanistan: Deminting A General's COIN”, OP-ED, Business Standard, New Delhi, July 4, 2010.
  • "Red kitty and beyond", (Co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray), Business Standard, New Delhi, May 20, 2010.
  • “Opium, charity and Kabul's 'war economy', Business Standard, (New Delhi), October 30, 2009.
  • “Securing India’s interest in Afghanistan,” The Hindu (New Delhi), Oct 23, 2009.
  • “No winners in sight as Afghans vote today,” OP-ED, Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle (Reprinted), August 20th, 2009.
  • “Clueless India Fumbles Again,” OP-ED, The Pioneer (New Delhi), November 29, 2008.
  • Afghanistan: Another frontier of Indo-Pak rivalry?” India Abroad, New York edition, July 16, 2008.
  • “Tension on Durand Line,” The Pioneer, OP-ED, June 21, 2008.
  • “US Post Bhutto Pakistan Policy in Doldrums,” Dainik Jagran (Hindi), December 31, 2007.
  • “Who's in charge of Pak nuclear arsenal?” The Pioneer, November 24, 2007
  • “Mush-Bush ambushed?” The Pioneer, September 29, 2007.
  •  “War on drugs getting nowhere,” Deccan Herald, July 25, 2007.
  • “How not to spend $ 750 mn”, The Pioneer, July 21,2007.
  •  “The New Great Game,” The Pioneer, July 7,2007.

·         Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, Editor,( New Delhi, Pentagon Press, July 2012).

 

·         Perspectives on South Asian Security, Co-editor,(Singapore, World Scientific, September 2012).

 

·         Saving Afghanistan, Co-editor, (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2009).

        • “India, Afghanistan, and the ‘End Game’?” in Kanti Bajpai, Saira Basit and V. Krishnappa (eds.), India’s Grand Strategy: History, Theory, Cases, (New Delhi: Routledge, 2014).
        • “India’s Aid Diplomacy” in Amitabh Matto, Mallika Joseph, Happymon Jacob, Souresh Roy (eds.), New Directions in Indian Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, January 2014).
        •  “India's Role in the Re-integration of Afghanistan into SAARC: Regional Cooperation, Trade, Transit and Connectivity” in Nishchal Pandey (ed), Afghanistan in SAARC: Towards Deeper Engagement, (Centre for South Asian Studies and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2014) (Forthcoming)
        • “Transition and Drawdown in Afghanistan: Preparedness for 2014”, in Harjeet Singh (ed.), South Asia Defence & Strategic Year Book, (New Delhi, Pentagon Press, 2013).
        • “India's role in post 9/11 Afghanistan and the Af-Pak strategy” in Henning Riecke and Kevin Francke (eds.), Partners for Stability: Involving Neighbors in Afghanistan's Reconstruction - Transatlantic Approaches, (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2013).
        • Inde: la reponse de l'Etat a     l'insurrection des extremistes gauchistes, (Co-authored) in Aurelie Campana & Gerard Hervouet (ed.), Terrorisme et     insurrection. Evolution des dynamiques conflictuelles et reponses des   Etats, Presses de l'Universite du Quebec (PUQ) Montreal/Quebec, January 2013. [“India: State Response to the Left-wing extremist Surge”, (Co-authored), (Montreal: Les presses de l'Universite du Quebec, 2013)].
        • “Introduction” (Co-authored) in Shanthie Mariet D’Souza and Rajshree Jetly (eds.), Perspectives on South Asian Security, Co-editor, (Singapore, World Scientific, September 2012).
        • “International Community in Afghanistan: From a Stalemate to a Definition of Success” in Arpita Basu Roy, Binoda Kumar Mishra, Aliva Mishra (eds), International Intervention in Afghanistan: Motives and Approaches, (New Delhi: Shipra Publications, August 2012). pp 18-34.
        • “Armed Conflicts and Movements for Autonomy in India’s North East” in Michelle Ann Miller (ed.), Autonomy and Armed Separatism in South and Southeast Asia, (Singapore: Institute of South East Asian Studies, August 2012).
        • “Nation building in Afghanistan and India’s National Strategy” in Krishnappa Venkatshamy and Princy George (eds.), Grand Strategy for India 2020, and Beyond, (New Delhi: Pentagon Press International, September 2012).
        •  “Introduction” in Shanthie Mariet D’Souza (ed.), Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, ( New Delhi, Pentagon Press, July 2012.
        •  “Karzai’s Balancing Act: Bringing ‘China’ In?” in Perspectives on South Asian Security, Co-editor, (Singapore, World Scientific, 2012).
        •  “Taliban” in Arpita Anant (ed)., Non-State Armed Groups in South Asia, (New Delhi: Pentagon Security International, 2012).
        •  Afghanistan: Beginning of the Transition?” in D. Suba Chandran & P.R. Chari (eds.), Armed Conflicts in South Asia: The Promise and Threat of Transformation, (New Delhi: Routledge, March 2012).
        • Afghanistan: Turning the tide” in D. Suba Chandran & P.R. Chari (eds.), Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2010: Growing Left-wing Extremism and Religious Violence, (New Delhi: Routledge, July 2011).
        •  “US Policy towards Afghanistan under Obama Administration and possible Indian Responses” in Thomas Mathew (ed.), In Search of Congruence: Perspectives on India-US Relations under the Obama Administration, (New Delhi: IDSA, February 2010).
        •  Afghanistan: Tipping Point,” in D. Suba Chandran & P.R. Chari (eds.), Armed Conflicts in South Asia: 2009-Continuing violence, failing peace processes ,(New Delhi: Routledge, January 2010).
        • “Taking Stock of the Afghan Conflict: External-Internal Dimensions,” in Saving Afghanistan, Co-editor, (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, January 2009), pp.11-28.
        •  “Should India Continue Its Present Course in Afghanistan?” in Ashok K. Behuria (ed.) India and its Neighbours: Towards A New Partnership (IDSA, 2008).
        • Afghanistan: Continuing Violence,” in D. Suba Chandran & P.R. Chari (eds.) Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2008: Growing Violence, (New Delhi: Routledge, October 2008).
        • “Taking Stock of the Global War on Terrorism,” in S.D. Muni (ed.), IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2008, (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2008).
        • “US Policy towards Afghanistan,” in M. Saleem Kidwai (ed.) US policy towards South Asia: Focus on Sixty years, (New Delhi: Academic Excellence, 2008).
        • “Global War on Terror: The Long War to Nowhere,” in S.D. Muni (ed.), IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2007 (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2007).

    • Afghanistan: History, South Asia 2014, The Europa Regional Surveys of the World, Europa World, (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge, October, 2013.
    • Afghanistan: History, South Asia 2013, The Europa Regional Surveys of the World, Europa World, (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge, October 4, 2012.
    • 41 Profiles of Indian political leaders and parties, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2013.
    • “Terror in Mumbai,” Special Report, 2009 Britannica Book of the Year, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc, April 2009, pp 192-93.
    • Paper Presentations, Guest Speaker, Lectures, Talks, Training, Briefing, Panel discussions, International interactions-

       

       

      • Discussant for Panel on “Traditional Threats within the Strategic Crossroads” at the Central and South Asia Strategic Crossroads Conference, organized by the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, National Defence University, Washington DC and the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University, Shanghai , December 12-14, 2013.
      • Participated and contributed to the workshop on ‘Afghanistan 2020’, supported by the Australian Department of Defence and organised in collaboration with the Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia) and Chatham House (UK), Adelaide, South Australia, November 22, 2013. Attended by senior officials in Australia’s Defence, Foreign Service and Aid communities, it brought together a select group of international academic experts and practitioners in order to analyse different scenarios for Afghanistan following the end of the ISAF mandate in December 2014.
      • Participated in “India and the Peace-Building Process in Afghanistan”, Joint Workshop of York Centre for Asian Research & South and Central Asia Project, York University, Toronto, October 18, 2013.
      • Presented a paper on “India’s Aid policy and the Democratic Transition in Afghanistan” at the International Conference on Promoting Democracy: What Role for the Emerging Powers?, Ottawa, jointly organized by the IDRC/ CRDI and Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University of Ottawa, Canada,  October 15-16, 2013.
      • Presented a paper on Afghanistan in India’s Strategic Calculus: Looking Beyond 2014?  in the panel on -India’s Security: Challenges and Opportunities at the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual conference, Perth, September 30-October 2, 2013.
      • Seminar presentation on “Afghanistan Post-2014: Prospects for Long-term Stabilization”, School of Management and Governance, Murdoch University, Perth, 27 September 27, 2013.
      • Invited as panellist to an academic summit "The Heart of Asia, 2015 and Beyond," Islamabad, co-sponsored by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, Washington DC and the Pakistan National Defence University,  September 16-18, 2013.
      • Presented a policy paper on “De-Radicalisation Programme in Singapore: Lessons for Afghanistan”, Annual Strategic Studies Network ( SSN) Working Groups Meeting, organised by Near East South Asia (NESA) Centre, National Defence University, Washington DC, Dead Sea, Jordan from May 18-19, 2013. (To be published as working group report by November 2013)
      • Presented a paper on “India's Role in the Re-integration of Afghanistan into SAARC: Regional Cooperation, Trade, Transit and Connectivity” at a Regional Conference on "Afghanistan in SAARC: Towards Deeper Engagement in cooperation” organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) with the cooperation of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Kathmandu from May 14-15, 2013. (To be published as a chapter of edited book).
      • Paper presentation on “India's Aid Diplomacy in Africa & Afghanistan: A Comparative Perspective” at an international conference on “India in Africa: New Frontiers in South-South Relations”, organised by Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 14-17, 2013.
      • Paper presentation on “Counter Terrorism and the Media: Analysing the 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attacks” at the workshop on “ The Role of the media in addressing terrorism and violent extremism in South Asia”, organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore and Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (CGCC), New York in Singapore, December 6-7, 2012. (To be published)
      • Participated in South Asia and Gulf Strategic Forum on “The Challenges of Water and Energy Security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region”, organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), organised by National Defense University, Washington DC in Bangkok, November 6-9, 2012.
      • Panellist on ‘Illicit Networks in the Af-Pak region”, Strategic Studies Network  Summit, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), organised by National Defense University, Washington DC in Bangkok, November 3-6, 2012.
      • Subject Matter Expert, Moderator and facilitator for the workshop on "Cyberia: Identity, Cyberspace& National Security”, organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Hawaii, for the policy makers and practitioners from South East Asian countries, Singapore, August 21-22, 2012.
      • Participated at the 11th IISS Asia Security Summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore, June 1-3, 2012.
      • Discussant on a panel- “Preventive Action and Conflict Mitigation: Afghanistan” in a workshop entitled “Armed Conflict in South Asia: Towards a Cooperative framework for preventive action”, organised by Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), South Asian Regional Secretariat for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 3-4, 2012.
      • Panel Speaker on “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)” at the Workshop on “Promoting Regional Security Cooperation in South Asia: What Role for Civil Society?”, Singapore, organised by Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore and Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation,  New York, April 26-27, 2012.
      • Lead discussant on “Trends in Indo-Afghan Relations and the Future of Afghanistan in a conference on “The Future of Asia”, Dubai, organised by RAND, USA, April 09-12, 2012.
      • Speaker on " ASEAN Experience of Effective Regional Cooperation: Relevance for SAARC", at an international conference on Challenges and opportunities of Twenty First Century SAARC, organised by the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka, April 03-05, 2012.
      • Guest Speaker on “Post Bonn analysis for an Effective Transition in Afghanistan – Role of Civil society Organisations (CSO’s)”, organised by the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) and ActionAid International Afghanistan, Kabul, February 2, 2012.
      • Participated in the IISS South Asia Security Conference, in partnership with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Centre for Strategic Studies, Washington DC, in Muscat, Oman, December 12-14, 2011.
      • Speaker on “Afghan Peace Process” at the 8th Annual RNSSC Plenary Meeting, in Istanbul, organised by the Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers (RNSSC), Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University (NDU), Washington DC, and the Center for Strategic Research (SAM), Ankara, Turkey,  November 28 – December 1, 2011.
      • Participated at the fourth India Forum, Stockholm, organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, November 11-12, 2011.
      • Presented paper on “Afghanistan” at an international expert meeting on “Afghanistan on the Way to the Stable State and Society (2001-2011)”, Dubai (UAE) ,organized by the Ariana Afghan Center (Almaty, Kazakhstan) the Polit Contact Center of Political Technologies (Moscow, Russia) and Afghanistan and Regional Studies Centre (Dushanbe, Tajikistan),  November 8-9, 2011.
      • Presented a paper on “India’s Afghan policy: Is there a need for reformulation?” at an international seminar on India’s Eurasian Endeavour: Rediscoveries and Reformulations’, India International Centre, New Delhi, organised by the Global India Foundation, in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata and India-Central Asia Foundation (ICAF), New Delhi,  September 29-30, 2011. (Paper to be published as a chapter in an edited book).
      • Paper presentation on "Drawdown of US Military Presence and Prospects for Stabilization of Afghanistan” at an international round table on Conflict and peace building in Afghanistan: current situation and prospects, Dushanbe (Tajikistan), 5-6 July 2011. (Paper to be published as a chapter in an edited book ).
      • Participated at the 10th IISS Asia Security Summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore, June 3–5, 2011.
      • 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 14-26, 2011.
      • Panellist Breaking News Dialogue on ‘After Osama bin Laden: What Next?’ Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, May 6, 2011.
      • Guest lecture on “Counter Radicalization--with regard to AF/PAK issues” in a conference on "The Security Sector's Role in Reducing Violent Extremism," PASOC 2011, organised for representatives from 23 Asian-Pacific nations as well as Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France, and two regional organizations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) by the Pacific Area Special Operations Conference (PASOC) 2011, Honolulu, April 17-21, 2011.
      • Guest Lecture on “Regional dimensions on the Afghan conflict and Prospects for Regional cooperation" at a round table organised by Action Aid Afghanistan, March 10, 2011.
      • Lecture on “Regional Cooperation: Long term Stabilization of Afghanistan” at the National Center on Policy Research, Kabul University, Afghanistan, March 09, 2011.
      • Guest lecture on “Gender and Peace building” at the Peace Building Symposium, organised by Development and Public Awareness (DPA), Kabul, Afghanistan, March 7, 2011.
      • Presented a policy paper on “India’s Afghan policy: Lessons for the International community?” at the ‘Afghanistan in 2011: A Canada-India Policy Dialogue on Future Developmental Efforts’, India International Centre, New Delhi, March 1, 2011.
      • Participated in the Reintegration, Reconstruction and Reconciliation (R3) Working Group Meeting of the Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers (RNSSC) organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University (NDU), Washington DC, Rome, Italy, February 9-11, 2011.
      • Paper presented on “International Community in Afghanistan: From a Stalemate to a Definition of Success” at the International Conference on Rethinking International Intervention In Afghanistan organised by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata and Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi at New Delhi, January 6-7, 2011. (Paper published as a chapter in an edited book).
      • Briefing on “India’s Role in Afghanistan: Perspectives from the field” at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore, November 19, 2010.
      • Participated in the Reintegration, Reconstruction and Reconciliation (R3) Working Group Meeting at the 6th Annual RNSSC Plenary Meeting organised  by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington DC, Dead Sea, Jordan, Nov 10-14, 2010.
      • Presented a Policy paper on “Nation building in Afghanistan and India’s national strategy” at IDSA National Security Strategy Workshop, New Delhi, December 20-23, 2010. (Paper published as a chapter in an edited book).
      • Presented a paper on “India’s Strategic approach towards Afghanistan” at the IFS-IDSA conference on ‘India’s grand strategic thought’, Oslo, 8-10 September 2010. (Paper published as a chapter in an edited book).
      • Policy paper on “Reintegration, Reconstruction and Reconciliation: Indian perspectives” at the Reintegration, Reconstruction and Reconciliation (R3) Working Group Meeting of the Regional Network of strategic studies Centers (RNSSC), organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies National Defense University, Washington DC in Istanbul, June 8-11, 2010. (Paper published as policy brief by the National Defense University, Washington DC).
      • Briefing on “Af-Pak strategy & Regional Implications” for the Swedish delegation, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore, May 20, 2010.
      • Guest Lecture on “Women and Combating Terrorism: Traitors, Martyrs and Patriots” at the APCSS South Asia Alumni Symposium on Combating Terrorism in Male, Republic of Maldives, organised by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii,  May 24-27, 2010.
      • Presented a paper on "India's role in Afghanistan" at a workshop on 'Neighbours and Security in Afghanistan' organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington D.C., April 13, 2010. (Paper  published as a chapter in an edited book).
      • Participated in a panel discussion on “Afghanistan-Pakistan & the implications for India's security”, S P Jain Institute of Management, Singapore, March 6, 2010.
      • Participated in the Reintegration, Reconstruction and Reconciliation (R3) Working Group Meeting of the Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers (RNSSC), organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies National Defense University, Washington DC at Kathmandu, Feb 24-26, 2010.
      • Briefing on “India-Afghanistan relations after the London Conference- India’s long term view on Afghanistan” organised by the Embassy of Netherlands, New Delhi, February 9, 2010.
      • Guest lecture on ‘Implications of New AF-Pak Policy’ Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) sponsored Vertical Interaction Course for senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on the theme ‘National Security Challenges and Police Response’ organized at the IB Central Training School, New Delhi, Feb. 04 - 10, 2010.
      • India's role in Afghanistan & Af-Pak Strategy”, IDSA Fellow’s Seminar, New Delhi, January 22, 2010.
      • Briefing on “Af-Pak Strategy: Indian Perspective” Danish Ambassador’s Af-Pak Regional Meeting, Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi, January 14, 2010.
      • Discussant at a Fellows’ Seminar on “IndiaAfghanistan Relations during Soviet Intervention” at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, January 8, 2010.
      • Participated in the Fifth Regional Network of Strategic Studies (RNSSC) Plenary Meeting, co-hosted by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi and Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, Washington DC, at New Delhi, Nov 18-21, 2009.
      • Guest lecture on “Af-Pak Imbroglio: Future Trends and India’s Role” at a  seminar on “Future National Security Challenges for India – Coping Strategies”, organised by South Western Command, Indian Army, Kota, October 28-30, 2009.
      • Nominated to participate in a three day regional conference entitled ‘Countering Violent Extremism’, by the U.S. Government in Dhaka, September 27-29, 2009.
      • Talk on “Afghanistan and South Asia: Prospects for Regional Cooperation”, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore, Singapore, October 8, 2009.
      • Guest lecture on “India’s role in Afghanistan and the Af-Pak Strategy’ at a seminar on “The Geo-political Contest in Afghanistan and its Impact on India’s Interests”, organised by Asia Centre, Bangalore and Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi at Bangalore, July 25, 2009.
      •  “Strategic Communications- Media and Counter Terrorism: A Case Study of Mumbai Terrorist attacks”, at Confronting Political Violence in the Near East and South Asia workshop, Near East South Asia Center For Strategic Studies (NESA), Washington DC, July 6-10, 2009. (Policy paper  published by Regional Network of strategic studies Centers (RNSSC), Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, Washington D.C.)
      • Lead speaker at a Teleconference on “The importance of good relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan – are they improving?” The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, July 2, 2009.
      • Guest lecture on “Mumbai bombing” at "The International Combating Terrorism Fellowship Symposium," for the alumni of the Regional Defense Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) organised by the National Defense University’s College for International Security Affairs (CISA) and the Jordanian Armed Forces Directorate for Doctrine and Joint Training, Amman, Jordan, June 21-24, 2009.
      • Participant in “Finding Common Grounds for Peace” at the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Trialogue, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace & Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, June 6-8, 2009.
      • Panellist on “Afghanistan – A Frontier of Indo-Pak Rivalry?” In Seeking Peace in Changing Worlds: Conflict Transformation and the New Geopolitics of Power Seventh Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), May 23, 2009, New Delhi, India.
      • ‘Strategies for inclusion of other neighbouring states and regional actors’ in ‘A Strategy towards Afghanistan and Its Region’, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD) Workshop, Triesenberg, Principality of Liechtenstein, May 7 -10, 2009. ( Contributed to Policy paper entitled-“ A New” Strategy for Afghanistan and Its Region” )
      •  “Afghanistan: Tipping Point”, Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2009, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies(IPCS) Workshop, New Delhi, 16 April 2009. (Paper published as a chapter in edited book)
      • Briefing for Defence Attaches and diplomatic staff of countries posted in DelhiAfghanistan – Obama Administration Approach to COIN and Indian Policy Options”, South Asian Defence and Security, United Services Institution (USI) of India, New Delhi, March 25, 2009.
      • Paper presentation on “Media and Counter Terrorism: A Case Study of Mumbai Terrorist attacks”, WMD & CT Working group, Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centres (RNSSC) Combating Terrorism Working Group Meeting, organised by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defence University, Washington D.C., in Istanbul, Turkey, 16-18 March 2009.
      •  “The US Counter Insurgency Approach in Afghanistan under the Obama Administration: Does it portend ‘change’?” IDSA Fellows Paper presentation, March 6, 2009
      • Briefing for Defence Attaches on “Afghan Insurgency: Lessons for NATO”, Round Table on ‘Terrorism in South Asia: The Challenge Ahead’, Security-risks.com, USI of India, New Delhi, October 15, 2008.
      • Panellist on "Implications for Afghanistan and US War on Terrorism", at a panel discussion titled "Post Musharraf: Pakistan Regional Security", Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi, August 27, 2008.
      • “Armed conflicts and Movements for Autonomy in India’s Northeast”, Paper presented at the International Workshop on Autonomy and Armed Separatism in South and Southeast Asia, jointly hosted by Asia Research Institute and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Supported by The Asia Foundation and the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Singapore, 26-27 June 2008. (Paper published as a chapter of an edited book)
      • Nominated to represent India at the Symposium on East Asian Security (SEAS) 2008 on the theme” China and India as Regional and Global Actors: Security Implications for the East Asian Region.” in Honolulu, April 13-May 6, 2008.
      • “Student’s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)”, paper presented at the National Conference on Non-State Armed Groups and Indian Security in the 21st Century, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, 08-10 April 2008.
      • “Role of International Community in long term stabilization of Afghanistan: A Critical Analysis”, paper presented at the International Workshop on “Building Peace: Applying the Tswalu Protocol to Africa”, hosted jointly by the Brenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg, The Centre for Policy Research and Dialogue, Addis Ababa and the Commission of the African Union, Addis Ababa, 15-16 March 2008.
      • Guest Discussant on “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Cooperation: Country Experiences and Prospects for Cooperation” at International Seminar on “Asia-Pacific Security: Addressing the Challenges of a Changing World”, Chon buri, Thailand, March 2-5, 2008.
      • “Indo –US Counter Terrorism Cooperation”, IDSA Fellows Paper presentation, February 23, 2008.
      • “Taking Stock of the Afghan Conflict: What Ails the Afghan Long Term Stabilisation Effort?”, Paper Presented at the 10th Asian Security Conference on Asian Security In 21st Century, IDSA, New Delhi, February 5-7, 2008.
      • “Taliban-Al Qaeda: Ideological linkages", Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) -The Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA), Israel, Bilateral Dialogue on "Non-State Armed Groups and Asian Security in the 21st Century", IDSA, New Delhi, January 15-16, 2008.
      • "US & Taliban: From Friends to Foe" at the International Conference on Crisis And Reconstruction In Afghanistan: Domestic, Regional And International Dimensions, organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University at the India International Centre, New Delhi, January 31-February 1, 2008.
      • Presentation on “An Overview of IDSA’s Research activities at the “Regional Counterparts Collaboration” Workshop, Honolulu 14-16 November 2007, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii as a representative of the IDSA, New Delhi.
      •  “Unity of Effort’ and Counter Insurgency in Afghanistan: An Appraisal" presented at IDSA Fellows Seminar, August 22, 2007
      • Guest Lecture on "Terrorism in J&K", Training Programme for Indian Foreign service (IFS) Probationers (Batch 2007), March , 2007, IDSA, New Delhi.
      • Lecture on "Indo-Afghan relations", Army officers at Hissar, Haryana, February, 2007.
      • "US Counter Insurgency Approach in Afghanistan: A Reappraisal" presented at IDSA Fellows Seminar, February 2, 2007.
      • “Global war on Terrorism in South Asia” presented at the Academic Research Centre, Delhi University, February 1-2, 2007.
      • "US-Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Dynamics and Challenges," presented at IDSA Fellows Seminar, June 2006.
      •  Afghanistan in South Asia" presented at a seminar on "A creative conceptualization of cooperation in our region", Indian Council for South Asian Cooperation, New Delhi, March 10 -11, 2006.
      •  “Challenges to Policy making in Afghanistan” paper presented at ICAP, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, March 6, 2006.
      •  Afghanistan's South Asian Future" presented at South Asia Studies, (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, February 2, 2006.
      • Participated in the Summer Workshop on ‘Defence Technology and Cooperative Security in South Asia’ at Lahore, Pakistan, 24 February-05 March 2005, organized by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo.

     

    Policy Papers, Special Reports, Newsletters, & Web writings

     

    •  “New Delhi’s Strategic Dissonance in Post-2014 Afghanistan”, South Asian Outlook, (Canada and India), vol.14, no.1, July 2013.
    • “Why is the Taliban talking?” South Asia Monitor, New Delhi, July 2013.
    • “New Delhi's strategic dissonance in post-2014 Afghanistan”, Rediff, June 4, 2013
    • “Afghanistan: Economic Transition - Path to Long-Term Stability”, South Asian Outlook, (Canada and India), vol.13, no.12, June 2013.
    • “Transition in Afghanistan: A War of Perceptions”, The Indian Panorama, Vol. 7 Issue 23 (New York), June 7, 2013
    •  “New Delhi's strategic dissonance in post-2014 Afghanistan”, Rediff, New Delhi, June 4, 2013. (Republished in South Asian Outlook, (Canada and India), July 2013).
    • Can India Stay The Course In Post 2014 Afghanistan?”, Eurasia Review, November 29, 2012.
    • Can India stay the course in Afghanistan?, Asia Times Online, November 30, 2012.
    • What does Obama’s re-election mean to South Asia?”, The Malaysian Insider, Kuala Lumpur, November 25, 2012.
    • “What Does Obama’s Re-Election Mean To South Asia”, Albany Tribune, November 20, 2012.
    • India's COIN approach and Left-Wing Extremism” (Co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray), Open Security, London, August 13, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review, August 14, 2012)
    • “Building a narrative of 'opportunity' in Afghanistan”, Rediff, New Delhi, June 27, 2012.
    •  Afghanistan: Cometh the Spring offensive?”, Rediff, April 20, 2012.
    • “A new kind of Taliban: An interview with Maulvi Qalamuddin”, The Af-Pak Channel, Foreign Policy, Washington D.C., March 8, 2012.
    •  “Is Afghanistan, ‘Iraq, the sequel’?”, (Co-authored with Aaron C Taliaferro), Open Democracy, London, November 2011.
    • Kandahar’s transition woes”, Open-democracy, London, December 16, 2011. (Republished in Eurasia Review).
    • “Indian-Afghan strategic partnership: perceptions from the ground”, The Af-Pak Channel, Foreign Policy, October 26, 2011. (Republished in Eurasia Review).
    • Kabul not an easy target for Taliban any more? (Co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray), Rediff, August 24, 2011.
    • “Negotiating with the Taliban: Two steps backward for the Afghan women?”, Al Arabiya (Dubai), August 1, 2011. (Republished in Albany Tribune)
    • “Are the US and Taliban ready to tango?”, Al Arabiya, July 31, 2011. (Republished in Albany Tribune)
    • “Can the Diaspora help in the rebuilding war-ravaged Afghanistan?”, Al Arabiya,  July 29, 2011.
    • “What’s with the secrecy surrounding the US-Afghan strategic partnership?”, Al Arabiya, July 29, 2011. (Republished in Albany Tribune)
    • “The killing spree in Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya, July 28, 2011.
    • “President Karzai of Afghanistan wants tighter ties with neighboring Iran”, Al Arabiya, July 27, 2011. (Republished in Albany Tribune)
    • “Winning hearts and minds and pockets of the Taliban by siphoning off US aid to Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya, July 27, 2011.
    • Norway’s Moment of Truth”, Al Arabiya,  July 25, 2011.
    • “Old War, New General in Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya,  July 23, 2011,
    • “Northern Distribution Network (NDN) and the Afghan Insurgency”, Al Arabiya, July 20, 2011.
    • “Can India and US be partners in Afghanistan?”, Al Arabiya, July 19, 2011. (Republished in Albany Tribune)
    • Afghanistan’s killing fields: Will it lead to crisis of confidence for the ‘transition’?, Al Arabiya, July 19, 2011.
    • “Terrorists in Uniform: Tales of Infiltration and Killings by the Taliban”, Al Arabiya,  July 16, 2011.
    • “Drawdown of US Forces: A decade of shifting strategies in Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya, July 16, 2011. (Republished in Albany Tribune)
    • “Murder in Mumbai: Will it derail the fragile Indo-Pak talks?”, Al Arabiya, July 14, 2011.
    • “There’s $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral resources in Afghanistan. So what to do about it?”, Al Arabiya, July 14, 2011.
    • “The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai: What now about the war in Afghanistan?, Al Arabiya,  July 13, 2011.
    • “Is Pakistan becoming paranoid over Afghanistan?, Al Arabiya, July 11, 2011.
    • “Regional Perceptions of the US drawdown from Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya, July 9, 2011.
    • “Shakila had to Die: Restoring family honor in Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya, July 8, 2011.
    • “Does the road to Afghanistan have to pass through Kazakhstan?” Al Arabiya, July 5, 2011.
    • “Changing Times for Women in Afghanistan”, Al Arabiya, July 4, 2011.
    • “Music in Afghanistan: Battle for ‘hearts and minds’, Al Arabiya, July 3, 2011.
    • “Narratives of Afghan resilience amidst turbulence”, Al Arabiya,  July 2, 2011.
    • “How about telling the ‘good news’ of Afghanistan?”, Al Arabiya, July 1, 2011.
    •  ‘Setting the Agenda for India In Afghanistan’, Eurasia Review, May 11, 2001.
    • ‘An agenda for the prime minister in Kabul’, Rediff, May 11, 2011.
    • “The Persisting Relevance of Al-Qaeda?” South Asia, Issue No.17, Singapore, May –October 2011.
    • ‘Bin Laden: The ‘Face’ Is Dead, The ‘Base’ Remains’, Eurasia Review, May 2, 2011.
    • “Why Afghanistan could dominate talks with Obama?” Rediff, November 04, 2010.
    •  “Ray of hope as Afghanistan goes to polls”, Rediff, September 18, 2010.
    • “Ballot, braving Taliban bullets”, Rediff, September 18, 2010.
    •  “Limitations of Operation Green Hunt", Rediff, April 28, 2010, (Co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray). 
    • “Withdrawal Symptoms”, Pragati, The Indian National Interest Review, No. 34, January 2010.
    • “Obama's Afghan strategy” Rediff, December 14, 2009.
    • “Obama’s Afghan Strategy: Regional Perspectives,” Atlantic Review, Dec 10, 2009.
    • “What India needs to do in Afghanistan?,” Rediff, October 21, 2009.
    • “Afghan polls: Democracy in difficult times,” Rediff and India Abroad, August 19, 2009.
    • “Media and Counter-terrorism: A case study of the Mumbai attacks,” Perspectives on Terrorism: Views from the Near East and South Asia on Combating a Common threat, Workshop Policy Papers, Regional Network of strategic studies Centers (RNSSC), Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, Washington D.C., July 10, 2009.
    • “Deconstructing the Assam blasts,” Rediff & India Abroad, November 07, 2008.
    •  “Taking stock of the Afghan war, seven years on,” Rediff & India Abroad, October 10, 2008.
    • “Hold steady in Afghanistan,” Pragati, No. 17, August 2008.
    • “The ‘Taliban’ Factor in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations,” Peace & Conflict, Article no. 2143, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi ,November 6, 2006.
    • “After the Kabul embassy bombing: How should India respond?” The Acorn, July 2008.
    • Afghanistan: Another frontier of Indo-Pak rivalry?” Rediff, July 16, 2008.
    • “The ‘Taliban’ Factor in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations,” Peace & Conflict, Article no. 2143, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi ,November 6, 2006.
    • “Taliban back in bloody business,” Asian Affairs, July 2006.
    • “United States-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership: Challenges Galore,” Peace & Conflict (New Delhi), Vol. 8, No. 6, June 2005.
    • “Post-Afghan Elections: The Long Road Ahead,” Peace & Conflict, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2004.
    •  Afghanistan’s Tryst with Reality’, The Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.
    • Constitution making in Afghanistan: Hurdles galore, Peace & Conflict, Article no. 1239, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi , 10 December 2003.
    • “Afghan Imbroglio’–Reconstructing a Disrupted State: The Case of Afghanistan,” Speaker Dr. William Maley, 17 November, 2000 at India International Centre, New Delhi,  IIC Diary, vol.14, no.5&6, October-December 2000.

     

    Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) Research Papers

     

    • “Afghan Peace Talks and the Changing Character of Taliban Insurgency”, ISAS Brief No. 291, July 26, 2013.
    • “Countering Left-Wing Extremism in India: Conceptual Ambiguity and Operational Disconnect”, (Co-authored), ISAS Insights No. 213, July 8, 2013. (Republished in Eurasia Review, July 9, 2013)
    • “President Karzai’s Visit to India: Setting Policy Markers for post-2014 Afghanistan”, ISAS Insights, No. 207, Singapore, June 3, 2013. (Republished in Eurasia Review, June 3, 2013)
    • Afghanistan’s Economic Transition: Path to Long-Term Stability”, ISAS Brief, No. 274 , March 28, 2013. (Republished in Eurasia Review, May 7, 2013)
    • “Media and Counter Terrorism Responses: Analysing the 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attacks”, ISAS Brief, No. 261, December 14, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review, December 2012)
    • “US-Pakistan Relations and the ‘End-Game’ in Afghanistan”, ISAS Brief, No. 259, December 5, 2012.
    • “What Does Obama’s Re-election Mean to South Asia”, ISAS Brief, No. 256, November 21, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review, November 21, 2012)
    • “Transition in Afghanistan: Winning the War of perceptions?, ISAS Working Paper, No. 161. October 30, 2012.
    • Violence in Assam: Resource wars, Illegal Migration or Governance Deficit?” (Co-authored), ISAS Brief No. 250, September 11, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review, Sept. 8, 2012, CLAWS (New delhi), Daiji World).
    • Delhi Investment Summit: Building on the Narrative of ‘Opportunity’ in Afghanistan”, ISAS Brief, No. 246, Singapore, June 25, 2012. (Republished in ISN, Zurich and Eurasia Review).
    • “Taliban, Spring offensive and Transition in Afghanistan”, ISAS Brief, No. 237, Singapore, April 18, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review).
    • “Is the US–Afghan Strategic Partnership in doldrums?”, ISAS Brief, No. 231, March 23, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review).
    • “Quran Copy Burning in Afghanistan and the US ‘Exit’ Strategy”, ISAS Insights, No. 158, March 5, 2012. (Republished in Eurasia Review).
    • India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership: Beyond 2014? ISAS Insights, No. 142, 24 October 2011.
    • “The Persisting Relevance of Al-Qaeda?, ISAS News letter, South Asia, Issue No.17. October 2011.
    • Afghanistan in Transition: Will ‘Bonn II’ be a Game Changer?, ISAS Insights, No. 136,15 September 2011.
    • “Al Qaeda, A Decade after the 9/11 Attacks”, ISAS Brief, No. 216, September 8, 2011. (Republished in Eurasia Review and Albany Tribune)
    • Iran, US and the Afghan Conundrum”, ISAS Insights, No. 132, September 1, 2011.
    • “The Emerging Faultlines of the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership”, ISAS Brief, No. 210, August 10, 2011.
    • “The Great American Debate: Is Drawdown Of Forces in Afghanistan a Realistic Option?”, ISAS Insight, No. 126, June 23, 2011.
    • “Post-Osama: Is it the Beginning of the ‘End’ in Afghanistan?”, ISAS Brief, No. 196, May 9, 2011.
    • ‘Prospects for ‘Transition’ in the Afghan Security Sector: A Reality Check?’

    ISAS Brief, No. 195, April 15, 2011.

    • “The TAPI Pipeline: A Recipe for Peace or Instability?” ISAS Brief, No. 194, Singapore, April 1, 2011.
    • India, Afghanistan and the 'End Game'?” ISAS Working paper, No. 124,  March 14, 2011.
    • “Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan: Imperfect, Yet Necessary”, ISAS Brief, No. 171, September 7, 2010.
    • “The Afghan Peace Jirgah: Is an end in sight? ISAS Insight, No. 105, Singapore, July 5, 2010.
    • “Karzai Visits the United States: A Mutual Opportunity to Bury Hatchets?” ISAS Brief, No. 162, Singapore, May 25, 2010.
    • "Karzai's Balancing Act: Bringing "China' In? ISAS Insight, No.98, Singapore, May 7, 2010.

    ISAS Blogs

     

    •  “Musings from Kandahar: Impressions of a Field Visit”, South Asia Soundings, ISAS Blog, Singapore, November 2011.
    • “What Rabbani’s Killing Means For Afghanistan?”, ISAS Blog, September 24, 2011. (Republished in Eurasia Review)
    • Ramadan Brings No Respite From Taliban Violence In Afghanistan, , ISAS Blog, Singapore, August 5, 2011.
    • Role of the Afghan Diaspora in the Rebuilding War-Ravaged Afghanistan, ISAS Blog, Singapore, July 20, 2011.
    • US Search for Alternatives: Northern Distribution Network and the Afghan War, , ISAS Blog, Singapore, July 8, 2011.
    • ‘Building A Counter-Narrative: Untold Stories From The Afghan War Zone’, ISAS Blog, Singapore, April 29, 2011.
    • “The Great Afghan Dilemma: To Talk or Not to Talk?” ISAS Blog, February 28, 2011.
    • “One More Afghan Review, One More Exercise In Futility?”, ISAS Blog, December 27, 2010.
    • “Afghan Elections: Perceptions from the Ground”, ISAS Blog, October 22, 2010.
    • “The Kabul Conference: A Fait Accompli?” ISAS Blog, July 21, 2010.

     

    Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) Strategic Comments/Web Writings

     

    • “Obama’s Afghan Strategy: Surge or Retreat?” IDSA Strategic Comment, Dec 14, 2009.
    •  US Policy towards Afghanistan under Obama Administration and possible Indian Responses,” IDSA Occasional Paper series, 2009.
    • India-US Relations: The Need to Move Beyond Symbolism, IDSA Strategic Comment, December 3, 2009.
    •  “Afghan Elections and Af-Pak Strategy,” IDSA Strategic Comment, Sept 29, 2009.
    •  “Afghan Presidential Elections: The Quest for Change,” IDSA Strategic Comment, August 19, 2009.
    • “NATO in Afghanistan: Fault lines in the transatlantic alliance?” IDSA Special Feature, April 02, 2009.
    •  “The Pakistan Link to the Mumbai Terror Attacks,” IDSA Strategic Comments, December 05, 2008.
    • “US Presidential Candidates Foreign Policy Positions,” IDSA Occasional Paper, November 3, 2008.
    •  “Should India Continue Its Present Course in Afghanistan?” IDSA Strategic Comments, July 9, 2008 (Also reprinted in Afghanistan Conflict Monitor).
    • “Negotiations with Insurgents in India’s Northeast,” IDSA Strategic Comments, June 19, 2008.
    •  America’s Pakistan Policy in Disarray,” IDSA Strategic Comments, January 2, 2008.
    •  “Change the Pattern of Aid to Afghanistan,” IDSA Strategic Comments, June 28, 2007.
    • “Border Management and India's North East,” IDSA-Strategic Comments, July 18, 2006.
    • India's Role in Afghanistan: Need for Greater Engagement”, IDSA-Strategic Comments, May 04, 2006.
     
     
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