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GP Insights


Jeshil J Samuel

Dincy Adlakha
China: Stern response to G7 and NATO summits

GP Insights # 538, 20 June 2021
Dincy Adlakha


Dhanushaa P
G7 Summit: Biden brings the US back to Europe

GP Insights # 537, 20 June 2021
Dhanushaa P


Joeana Cera Matthews

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

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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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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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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Abigail Miriam Fernandez Research Associate at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. Her areas of interest include peace and conflict in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. As a part of her research focus at 'Pakistan Reader'...


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Apoorva Sudhakar is a Research Assistant at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. Her areas of interest include peace and conflict in South Asia and Africa, climate change and human-wildlife conflict.  Apoorva has completed her Masters degree...


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Lokendra Sharma is currently a PhD scholar at the School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), IISc Campus, Bengaluru. He has a Masters degree in International Relations from the MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has...


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Akriti Sharma is currently a PhD scholar, at the Science Diplomacy Programme, School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Her research interests...


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Avishka Ashok is a Research Assistant with the Science Diplomacy Programme in the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. In the Science Diplomacy Programme, she is currently working on coordinating the activities of the programme, compiling and...


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Joeana Cera Matthews is currently pursuing her Masters at the Department of International Relations in Maharaja’s College, University of Mysore. Her research interests include the refugee crises in the Middle East, human rights violations of transgender and non-binary people during war as well...


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Udbhav is currently pursuing Masters in International Studies from the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. His areas of interest include the Middle East, Nuclear and Weapons Technologies, Military policies and strategies, Terrorism...


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Julia Mathew is currently pursuing her Masters in Political Science from  the Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College, Chennai. Her areas of interest are India's Foreign Policy, South Asian geopolitics , cultural diplomacy and blue economy.  Currently she is an intern...


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Keerthana Rajesh Nambiar is currently pursuing her Masters in International Relations in Maharajas College, University of Mysore. Her areas of interest are global governance, international law, diplomatic ties and tools.  Currently, she is an intern at the School of Conflict and Security Studies,...


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Vishnu Prasad is a postgraduate scholar in International Studies at the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. His interests include South and West Asia as well as environmental issues. He is also part of the Contemporary Pakistan...


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Sarthak Jain is currently pursuing his M.A. in International relations at the Department of International Relations in Maharaja’s College, University of Mysore. His research interests include Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He is also keen to do research on the scope of Space in National security. Currently,...


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Vibha is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies from the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, Bengaluru. Her areas of interest include the Emerging Role of the Regional Organisations in South Asia (India –Bangladesh...


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Dhanushaa P is currently pursuing her Masters at the Department of Political Science in Madras Christian College, Madras University. Her research interests include science diplomacy, maritime security, refugee crisis in South Asia, Climate change policy of India. Currently, she is an intern at the...


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Dincy Adlakha is currently pursuing her Masters at the Department of International Studies, Political Science, and History in CHRIST (Deemed to be University).  Her research areas include China and the B&R Initiative in the Middle East, Remote Sensing for International Peace and Security, Geospatial...


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Anu Maria Joseph is currently pursuing her masters at the Department of Political Science in Madras Christian College, Chennai. Her research interests include ethnic and tribal conflicts in Africa and Afro- European relations.  Currently, she is an intern at the School of Conflict and Security...


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Analysis

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Gurpreet Singh

Southeast Asia
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Anju Joseph

The World This Week
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GP Team

China's new dams in the Yarlung Tsangpo
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Nepal's Political Crisis
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Sourina Bej

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Vibha Venugopal

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June 2021 | CWA # 487

Dincy Adlakha

Israel-Palestine Conflict
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Udbhav Krishna P

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Joeana Cera Matthews

China and Australia
Beijing's suspension of the economic dialogue with Australia will cost China more.

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Keerthana Rajesh Nambiar

COVID and the Vaccine Diplomacy
Though the US is late to the race, it has an edge. Three reasons why

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Julia Mathew

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SDP Scholars

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