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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Juan Mary Joseph is currently a Research Intern at the School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies.  Her areas of interest include China and East Asian studies. She has completed her Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be) University and...


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Porkkodi Ganeshpandian holds a postgraduate degree in Political Science from Madras Christian College, and is currently a research intern at the School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies. Her research interests are centred on South Asian politics, North Korean Politics...


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Wonchibeni Tsopoe is currently a Research Intern at the School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). Her area of interest includes India’s Northeast and South Asian studies. She has completed her post-graduation in Political Science from St.Joseph’s...


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Analysis

The World This Week
Biden-Xi virtual summit, and Russia's ASAT test

November 2021 | CWA # 615

GP Team

Conflict Weekly
Europe's other migrant crisis, and Protests in Cuba and Thailand

November 2021 | CWA # 614

IPRI Team

Pakistan Reader
Pappu Sain bids adieu to the world

November 2021 | CWA # 612

Ankit Singh

Pakistan Reader
Smog, pollution and more: Deteriorating air quality in Pakistan

November 2021 | CWA # 611

Apoorva Sudhakar

Pakistan Reader
PTI’s secret dealing with the TTP and TLP

November 2021 | CWA # 610

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Pakistan Reader
Impasse over next ISI Chief over after 20 days of cordial silence

November 2021 | CWA # 609

Ankit Singh

The World This Week
COP 26 agreements on methane and deforestation, and elections in Japan

November 2021 | CWA # 607

GP Team

Conflict Weekly
One year of Ethiopian conflict and UK-France fishing row

November 2021 | CWA # 606

IPRI Team

NIAS Africa Monitor
France, Algeria, and the politics over an apology

November 2021 | CWA # 605

Vaishnavi Iyer

NIAS Europe Monitor
NATO-Russia relationship: Looking beyond the suspensions and expulsions

November 2021 | CWA # 604

Joeana Cera Matthews

Pakistan Reader
The fragility of Digital Media Freedom in Pakistan

November 2021 | CWA # 603

Sneha M

Pakistan Reader
PTI’s TLP flip-flop and a secret deal

November 2021 | CWA # 602

D. Suba Chandran

Pakistan Reader
Post IMF Review: Saudi Arabia to bolster Pakistan

November 2021 | CWA # 601

Ankit Singh

Pakistan Reader
The increasing curbs on digital media freedom in Pakistan

November 2021 | CWA # 600

Apoorva Sudhakar

Pakistan Reader
Pakistan IMF talks faces a logjam of accountability and trust

November 2021 | CWA # 599

Ankit Singh

STIR Review Discussion
Living with Risks: The Art and Science of Managing Public Risks

October 2021 | CWA # 598

STIR Team

The World This Week
China's White Paper on Climate Change

October 2021 | CWA # 597

GP Team

NIAS Europe Monitor
Facebook's Metaverse: Why it matters to Europe

October 2021 | CWA # 596

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Belarus's strategy to push migrants:  Europe will find it difficult to respond. Four reasons why

October 2021 | CWA # 595

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Poland, EU and PolExit. It is complicated, for three reasons

October 2021 | CWA # 594

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Europe's Energy Crisis and Gazprom 

October 2021 | CWA # 593

Harini Madhusudhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Recent terror attacks in Europe: Five trends from England to Norway

October 2021 | CWA # 592

Sourina Bej

Conflict Weekly
Coup in Sudan, ASEAN on Myanmar, and the Migrant game by Belarus

October 2021 | CWA # 591

IPRI Team

Pakistan Reader
Pakistan’s prolonged Inflation problem

October 2021 | CWA # 590

Sneha M

Pakistan Reader
TLP: The government caves in again

October 2021 | CWA # 589

D. Suba Chandran

Pakistan Reader
TLP is back again

October 2021 | CWA # 588

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Pakistan Reader
Pakistan’s transgender community: The long road ahead

October 2021 | CWA # 586

Apoorva Sudhakar | Project Associate, School of Conflict and Security Studies, NIAS

Pakistan Reader
Since January 2021: Why the US President has not called Pakistan’s Prime Minister so far?

October 2021 | CWA # 584

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

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