About the Course

Global Politics:
Contemporary World Affairs


The course provides an introduction to contemporary world affairs. The primary objective of the course is two – first, to enhance the understanding of contemporary global developments, with an attempt to comprehend the larger picture. Second, to identify trends leading forecasts on contemporary world affairs.

The Course will also invite senior scholars within and outside NIAS – also from within and outside India to provide lectures on contemporary world affairs.

Research Questions on Global Politics

The course focus on providing an explanation, and expects the scholars to increase their understanding on the following:

1. Contemporary World Order:

  • Policies of the US, China, EU and Russia and their implications on the global order

2. Regional Security:

  • South Asia, Southeast and East Asia, West Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa

3. Maritime Security:

  • South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific, Arctic and Blue Economy

4. Science and Security:

  • Energy Politics, Climate Change, Outer Space, Nuclear Order and Disarmament, Cyber Security and Drones and Internal Security

5. International Economy and Security:

  • G7-G20 Summits, WTO, World Bank, Trade and Conflict and Regional Economic Integration

Special Focus on South Asia

The Course aims to create an understanding from a South Asian perspective. Given the enormity of literature, primarily from an international perspective, there is a substantial gap in terms of approaching contemporary global issues from a South Asian perspective.

The course also aims to create a pool of scholars, thereby build capacity that would help the region in understanding issues of global politics, regional and international conflicts and also regional security in South Asia.

Enhancing Presentation Style & Writing Skills

A common issue facing young scholars is the challenge of effective communication. This course aims to address the same in terms of building basic skills of research presentation.

On the basic research tools side, the course aims to pick up different contemporary issues and make presentations – oral and power point, with an objective to convert the same into short writings to be published in the Course Portal

Effective Use of Social Media for Dissemination

The course will also recommend its scholars to maintain their own individual blogs and also help improving their tweets and related social media communication; the objective of this endeavour is to create awareness about making effective use of the social media for research and dissemination.

The course also aims to create a group of young scholars working on issues relating to peace and conflict and pool them together with an online identity.

Online Portal: Global Politics

The Course will also have an Online portal managed by the Course Instructor, where the writings of the scholars on contemporary world affairs will be published on a regular basis.

The Online portal of the Course will also have lectures by the international faculty uploaded.

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Course Outline
Global Politics: Identifying Contemporary Issues

The course focuses on providing an explanation, and expects the scholars to increase their understanding on the following:

1. Contemporary World Order:

  • Policies of Big Power: US, China, EU, Russia and India
  • Institutionalism and World Politics: Role of International and Regional Organisations

2. Regional Security:

  • South Asia
  • Southeast and East Asia
  • West Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Africa

3. Maritime Security:

  • South China Sea
  • Indian Ocean
  • Indo-Pacific
  • Arctic
  • Blue Economy

4. Science and Security:

  • Energy Politics
  • Climate Change
  • Outer Space
  • Nuclear Order and Disarmament
  • Cyber Security
  • Drones and Internal Security

5. International Economy and Security:

  • Globalism and Economic Diplomacy: G7-G20 Summits
  • International Economic and Financial Organisation- WTO, World Bank
  • Trade and Conflict
  • Regional Economic Integration

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Course Framework

For the NIAS scholars, there will be regular classes, every Wednesdays between 1000 and 1300 hrs.

Every session would involve 45 minutes of lecture, followed by 45 minutes of interactions.

The above will be followed by students’ presentations for 90 minutes

Student Presentations, followed by Short Commentaries will play a crucial role in deepening the understanding of students. Each student will be asked to make minimum two presentations and write two short commentaries every month.

The portal on Global Politics will engage the students of the course on a regular basis in following subjects on a daily basis and also prepare online databases.

Guest Lectures and International Faculty:

Since the course is also designed as an online one, this would give flexibility to invite faculty from across the world.

Academics, Think Tankers, former government officials will be requested to take guest lectures on specific subjects.

Course Alumni

Divyabharathi E

Divyabharathi E is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Defence and Strategic studies in South Asia, Maritime security, Indian Ocean Region Area studies, Conflict and security issues in South Asia. She is a graduate in Political Science from Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women, Chennai

Shalini.E

Shalini.E currently pursuing her masters in International Studies from Christ(Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.H er areas of interests are Conflict and Security issues in South Asia, International Trade, Humanitarian crisis, Terrorism. She is a graduate in History, Economics, Political science from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru

Apoorva Sudhakar

Apoorva Sudhakar is currently pursuing Masters in the department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Peace and Conflicts in South Asia, Governance and Human Rights issues in Afghanistan. She is a graduate in Economics from St. Albert’s college, Ernakulam.

Dhruv Ashok

Dhruv Ashok currently pursuing his masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. His areas of interest are Conflict and Security issues, Intelligence and Terrorism. He is a graduate in History, Economics and Political science from Christ (Deemed to be University)

Jamyang Dolma

Jamyang Dolma is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be university) Bengaluru and she is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies,  National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests South Asian studies, conflict and security especially “How China look upon minorities”. She is a graduate in Economics, political science and geography from The Dalai Lama Institute for higher education (affiliated under Mysore University), Mysore

Samreen Wani

Samreen Wani is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of International Studies in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Politics in South Asia, India’s foreign policy and Conflict studies. She is a graduate in History and Tourism Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai

Ann Maria Shibu

Ann Maria is a research scholar at the School of International Strategic and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is currently pursuing her masters in International Studies at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru.  Her areas of interest are conflict studies, terrorism, South Asian studies.  She is a Bachelor of Science graduate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Christ (Deemed to be University)

Siddhatti Mehta

Siddhatti Mehta is an International Relations and Political Science student from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University(PDPU). Currently, she's interning with The National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS). Her primary interests include India's relations with Pakistan and itsneighbours, Middle East, Blue Economy and Cyber & Space Security

Manushi Kapadia

Manushi Kapadia is a masters student of International Relations and Political Science at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and currently interning at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). Her area of interests are conflict resolution and resolving border disputes, terrorism studies, and gender studies

Hely Desai

Hely Desai is an International Relations student from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). Her primary focus areas are defense and nuclear strategies. She was a former intern with The Hindu, The Indian Economist and Centre For Air Power Studies

Miti Shah

Miti Shah is a student of International Relations at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. She is also a former exchange student at United States Department of States. Her interest areas are humanism, culture, diplomacy and soft power

Druta Bhatt

Druta Bhatt is pursuing her B.A. in International relations with psychology from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. She has interned at Indian Express and is currently Interning at NIAS, Bangalore. Her interest areas are diplomatic relations, soft power and confluence of psychology and international relations

Oishee Majumdar

Oishee Majumdar is currently working as a Research Assistant, at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She is working on a project on Pakistan Research and Climate Change. Her areas of interest and research include Violence and Conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Human Rights, Violence and Gender Studies in the Middle East and conflict in North-East India. 

She is currently working on the 2018 Pakistan Elections data and analysis.

Oishee has graduated with a triple major in English, Political Science and History from the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, Christ, Bangalore. During the course of her degree, she worked on a dissertation titled, “Human Rights and Conflict Transformation in Nagaland: A study of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act”.

She can read and write French, and loves reading and cooking.

She can be contacted at oisheemajumdar@gmail.com

Gayan Gowramma KC

Gayan is currently a Project Associate, 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. 

She is also currently working on an essay on “Peace Processes in Afghanistan” to be published in an edited volume.

She has a post-graduate degree from the Department of International Studies,  Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru

Ryan Mitra

Ryan Mitra is a Research Scholar at the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). He has completed a certification course on ‘Understanding Research Methodologies’ by SOAS, University of London.

Earlier, he was a Research Intern on India’s Maritime Policy, under Major-General Arun Roye and Professor Surendra Munshi at Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies in Kolkata, West Bengal in 2018. He delegated at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, New York in August 2017. He is also Content Writer at TEDxPDPU.

He can be contacted at ryanmitra17@gmail.com.

Komal Tiwary

Komal Tiwary is currently an intern at the International Strategic and Security Studies program, school of conflict and security studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies. She is a 4th-year International law honors student at National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. Her interest areas are space law and maritime law and she's currently researching on the blue economy and intergovernmental disputes at the Arctic region. She is also an artist, with a diploma in fine arts

Kriti

Kriti is a fourth-year law student. She is currently pursuing her B.A.LLB honours from National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. She is interning with The National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS). She has a keen interest in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Earlier she has done some research work under various lawyers and also worked with an NGO. Currently, she is working on the Water Sharing Dispute between India and Pakistan and Blue Economy. 

Abhishrut Singh

Singh is a 4th-year student of National University of Study and Research in law, Ranchi with specialisation in international law. He shares a keen interest in space law, international relations among states with a special limb for security issues and human rights law. In the same line among many, he has also written one paper on “The Scenario of Conjugal Visitation Rights for Prisoners in India” which got published in an international journal -South Asian Journal of Law and Human Rights, Vol. 6 (ISSN : 2518-6159)

As for skills, he is good at editing, copy editing, researching and creating content. He sees himself working as a policy maker and educator in his future, adept in research with a rich academic profile.
 

Abishek RL

Abishek is currently pursuing his Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. His areas of interest are Defense and Strategic Studies, India’s foreign policy and Nuclear Order and Disarmament. He is a graduate in History, Economics and Political Science from Christ (Deemed to be University)

Alka Yadav

Alka Yadav is currently pursuing Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. She is a research scholar at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her areas of interests are India’s foreign policy, Science and Technology, Defense and Strategic Studies, Middle East and Indian Ocean Region.She is a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, Karnataka.

Jerin George

Jerin George is part of Global Politics course at International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

He is currently pursuing BBA LLB (Hons) at Government Law College, Thrissur. His areas of interests include Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Challenges brought by Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Warfare. He is currently working on an essay on ‘AI weapon systems: controlling the insecurity of technological warfare’.  He is also part of the BRI database project as part of the Global Politics course.

He wishes to pursue a career in International Law. He can be contacted at jerringeorg@gmail.com 

Kritika Shukla

Kritika is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies and History from Christ (Deemed to be university) Bengaluru. Her areas of interests are Central Asian and North African crisis, Terrorism, humanitarian crisis, Conflict, maritime issue, security issues. She is a graduate in Medieval History, Political Science, and Geography from the Ewing Christian College, Allahabad (autonomous college, affiliated to Allahabad University), Allahabad. 

Vallari Parashar

Vallari is currently pursuing her masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. Her areas of interest are Conflict and Security issues, Intelligence and Terrorism. She is a graduate in History, Journalism and Travel& Tourism from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru. Apart from academics, she likes to read, listen to music, travel and is a sportswoman who has played various sports at the national level. She actively supports Child Rights and has been a child rights leader for Child Rights and You (CRY).

Wangchuk Thinley

Wangchuk is currently pursuing Masters in International studies from Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and is a research scholar at the international strategic and security studies, National Institute of Advanced studies, Bengaluru. His area of interests includes Contemporary South Asia, politics, Economy and External Relations. He is graduate in Political Science, Economics and Sociology from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. He is a member of Student for Free Tibet regional chapter of Bangalore and interested to do further studies on China foreign policy and politics of Himalaya region.

Sanjali Mitra

Sanjali is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be university) Bengaluru. Her areas of interests cover maritime security issues in the Indian Ocean region with a special orientation towards the issue of “piracy and security threats in the Horn of Africa region and its effect on Indo- Africa relations”, the growing influence of China and also contemporary US-China relations. She is a graduate in Political Science from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. She has worked in St. Joseph’s Old age home, Kolkata, and likes to serve the aged in the society by building a close relationship with them as she feels they have been ignored by their own blood relations

Ninaad Ghoshal

Ninaad is currently pursuing his Masters in International Studies from Christ (Deemed to be
University), Bengaluru. His areas of interest are Space and South American studies. He is a graduate
in International relations from School of Liberal Studies Gandhinagar. He likes to keep himself updated on
world matters and like to discuss matters of international affairs with anyone and enhance his world
knowledge affairs around the world. He likes to read novels, watch movies and try on new food around his locality.

Mahath Mangal

Mahath is currently a part of the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme(ISSSP) at National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS), Bangalore. He is pursuing masters in Political Science at Madras Christian College in Chennai.

His areas of interests include climate change and climate refugees with a focus on South Asia, human rights violations, artificial intelligence in warfare and defence systems, space, and maritime security. He wishes to pursue a career in research and policy making. Outside the academics, he is a singer-guitarist and a blogger.

He is currently assisting Dr. D Suba Chandran on developing a database on the Indo-Pacific with specific focus on BIMSTEC. 

He can be reached at: mahathandmangal@gmail.com

Raakhavee Ramesh

Raakhavee is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of Political Science at Madras Christian College, Chennai. She is also a part of the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Her areas of interests are Climate Refugee issues in Bangladesh, South China Sea Territorial Disputes and Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. She is currently with ISSSP under Prof D.Suba Chandran in preparing a database on the Indo-pacific in specific to BIMSTEC. She sees herself as a future Policymaker. 

Outside research, she is also interested in Photography and Questioning Philosophies. She can be reached at raakhaveeramesh@gmail.com 

Titsala Sangtam

Titsala Sangtam is currently pursuing Masters in the Department of Political Science at Madras Christian College, Chennai.

She intends to work on 'Pakistan economic crisis under the new Prime Minister Imran Khan'. She is currently working in Global Politics course under Prof D Suba Chandran in preparing a database on the Indo-Pacific in specific to BIMSTEC.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baptist College, Kohima, Nagaland. She also has one year experience in teaching as an Assistant Teacher, Oxaliss International School, CBSE, Thatchur, Tamil Nadu. She also has a passion for Painting and making Collage arts and she wishes to be a successful academician.

She can be reached at: titsala.anar@gmail.com 

Lecture & Class Interaction

Indo-Pacific

D. Suba Chandran
Professor & Dean

05/02/2019
Lecture

Contemporary China

Dr Miao Ji
China Foreign Affairs University

29/01/2019
Class Interactions

US Shut down, Kim-Xi Talks and US-China Trade War


12/01/2019
Class Interactions

Cyber Security: Interaction with Dr Sameer Patil


11/01/2019

Contemporary World: Interaction with Amb Muchkund Dubey


10/01/2019

Syria and Afghanistan


08/01/2019
Class Interactions

Course Scholars

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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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Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh is currently a Research Associate at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She presently works with the BRICS-YSF project under the School. Her areas of research...


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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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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. Her research...


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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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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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Vijay Maidergi is currently a Research Intern at International Strategic & Security Studies Programme(ISSSP), School of Conflict & Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. His area of research includes Advanced AI, new-age technologies and is currently working on Cyber...


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Lakshman is currently a Project Associate at the Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He is part of the Global Politics course at International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). His research interests are broadly based...


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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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Nidhi Dalal is currently a research intern at the International Strategic and Studies Program (ISSSP), School of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. She has completed post-graduation in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of...


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