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Sourina Bej

Vivek Mishra

Harini Madhusudan

Lakshmi V Menon

About the Course

Global Politics:
Contemporary World Affairs
Winter 2019

The course provides an introduction to contemporary world affairs. The primary objectives of the course are two: first, to enhance the understanding of contemporary global developments with an attempt to comprehend the larger picture and second, to identify and predict the trends leading to a forecast of contemporary world events.

The Course will have the following five modules: Contemporary World Order, Regional Security, Maritime Security, Science and Security and International Economy and Security.

The course looks at contemporary developments in global politics. In addition, it also provides a specialised area specific introduction to bilateral and internal conflicts in South Asia for those students who would like to pursue a course or internship as a part of their post-graduate and graduate programmes.

The course inculcates among the students' basic research skills to identify contemporary problems, make a coherent argument, efficient presentation, and fluent writing styles.

Course Scholars

Harini Madhusudan is currently a PhD scholar, at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is working a project on Pakistan Research. Her areas of research include Outer Space Law...


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Sourina Bej is currently a Research Associate with the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. In ISSSP, she is currently working on a DRDO-sponsored project, "Profiling Borderland Communities in Tawang". She is...


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Aparupa Bhattacharjee is currently pursuing her PhD at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.  Her research is focussed on Southeast Asia, primarily Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia. In particular, she studies politics, conflicts...


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Parikshith Pradeep is currently a Research Intern at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. His areas of research include Indo-Pacific, Maritime studies and South China Sea region....


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Rashmi Ramesh is currently pursuing PhD at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. Rashmi completed her BA in Economics, Political Science and Sociology from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. She holds a Masters Degree in Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher...


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Sukanya Bali is currently a Research Consultant at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her area of research includes Violence and Conflict in South Asia, and China's Soft-power...


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Lakshmi Venugopal Menon is currently a Research Consultant at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She has contributed to the database on Pakistan relating to CPEC, Balochistan and Pakistan elections 2018. She is a part...


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Shubham is a fourth-year law student at National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. He is currently an research intern in the International Strategic and security studies program at NIAS. He is specializing in International law and has a keen interest in International diplomacy, International...


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Sneha a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from VTU. Her areas of interests are Science and Technology, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence. She is is currently a research intern at the International Strategic and Security Studies, NIAS.


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Amal is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her areas of interest are the Latin American and Caribbean Region, Asia Pacific Region, Indian Foreign Policy, as well as the study of International Relations from a theoretical perspective. She is a part...


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Abigail is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her areas of interests are peace and conflict management in the MENA region and Latin America, SDG’s role in climate change, maritime issues in particular to the emerging importance...


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Rini Babu is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a part of the Conflict Weekly team at the IPRI, NIAS.


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Vaishali Handique is currently pursuing her post-graduation in South Asian Studies in the Unesco Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asian Regional Co-operation, Pondicherry University. She is particularly interested in the conflicts of North-east India, human rights and reformation of primary education...


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Jenice Jean Goveas is currently a Research Consultant at the Science Diplomacy Initiative (SDI) within the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at NIAS. She worked previously as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at St. Aloysius College (Autonomous),...


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Harini Sha P is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her areas of interest are foreign policy and political decision making, Politics and Diplomacy in the Indo Pacific region, and Indian Administration. She is part of the Global Politics...


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Aarathi Srinivasan is currently pursuing  Masters in International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her areas of interest include Climate change, Maritime studies, and the emerging Blue Economy. She keenly observes the impact of world events on the Indian economy.  She is currently...


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Padmashree is an intern at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her areas of interest are the Middle East, Africa, the study of International Relations, and Hinduism. Her research...


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