NIAS Africa Studies

IN FOCUS | The reinvention of Al Shabab

6 September 2022
NIAS Africa Team

IN FOCUS | Lavrov's visit to Africa

23 August 2022
NIAS Africa Team

IN FOCUS | Macron's visit to Africa

9 August 2022
NIAS Africa Team

IN FOCUS | Tunisia's political crisis

3 August 2022
NIAS Africa Team

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GP Short Notes

Putin and Russia's New Ukraine Strategy

GP Short Notes # 664
25 September 2022

EU's food waste 2022: Three takeaways

GP Short Notes # 668
22 September 2022

Sweden: 2022 elections reflect political polarization

GP Short Notes # 663
18 September 2022

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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.

Our Team

Harini Madhusudan is a doctoral scholar with the School of Conflict and Security Studies, NIAS. Her thesis looks at Militarisation in Outer Space, which draws from a combination of disciplines of International Law, Security Studies, International Relations, and Outer Space as a domain. She is looking...


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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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Akriti Sharma is a doctoral scholar at the Science, Technology and International Relations Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies. She has completed her Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. She is also the recipient of...


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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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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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Avishka Ashok is a Research Associate with the Science, Technology and International Relations (STIR) Programme in the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. In the STIR Programme, she is currently coordinating the activities of the China Reader...


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Padmashree Anandhan is currently a project associate at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Her research for the NIAS Europe Studies under the Area Studies initiative focuses on protest movements, conflicts, energy, economic, migration...


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Rishma Banerjee is a Research Assistant in the Science, Technology, and International Relations Programme under the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the NIAS. She works in the KAS-NIAS Europe Studies Programme under the Area Studies initiative. Her research interest is in the geopolitical developments...


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Joel Jacob is a Research Assistant in the Global Politics Course, at the school of Conflict and Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies. She works with the Pakistan Reader and STIR Fortnightly at the Science, Technology, and International Relations Programme, NIAS. Her areas of interest...


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Anu Maria Joseph is a Research Assistant in School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. She holds masters in Political Science from Madras Christian College, Chennai. As part of NIAS Africa Studies, she looks into internal politics, external relations,...


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Mr. Pranav is a Research Assistant at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. As a part of the NIAS Europe Studies under the Area studies program, he looks into issues relating to energy and border conflicts. He also follows developments...


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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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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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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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Analysis

The World This Week
Putin and Russia's New Ukraine Strategy

September 2022 | CWA # 791

GP Team

The World This Week
The SCO Summit, and the Sweden Elections

September 2022 | CWA # 789

GP Team

The Big Picture
The UK: Domestic, regional and global challenges to the new Prime Minister

September 2022 | CWA # 787

Sourina Bej

NIAS Europe Studies
Queen Elizabeth: End of an era

September 2022 | CWA # 785

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Studies
Russia and Eastern Economic Forum 2022: A sturdy Far East

September 2022 | CWA # 784

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS AFRICA WEEKLY
IN FOCUS | The reinvention of Al Shabab

September 2022 | CWA # 783

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS AFRICA WEEKLY
IN FOCUS | Lavrov's visit to Africa

August 2022 | CWA # 782

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS AFRICA WEEKLY
IN FOCUS | Macron's visit to Africa

August 2022 | CWA # 781

NIAS Africa Team

The World This Week
Floods and Emergency in Pakistan

August 2022 | CWA # 780

GP Team

Conflict Weekly
Six months of War in Ukraine

August 2022 | CWA # 779

IPRI Team

The World This Week
Regional round-ups

August 2022 | CWA # 778

GP Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations (STIR)
Monkeypox: Mapping the outbreak and addressing misconceptions

August 2022 | CWA # 777

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations (STIR)
Ukraine-Russia War: A Politicised International Space Station, Heatwaves in Europe, and UN Ocean Conference 2022

August 2022 | CWA # 776

STIR Team

NIAS Europe Studies
Who will be the next UK prime minister: Liss Truss v. Rishi Sunak

August 2022 | CWA # 774

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Africa Weekly
IN FOCUS | Tunisia's political crisis

August 2022 | CWA # 772

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS Europe Studies
Will Russia's latest attack on the Odessa port, undermine the grain deal with Ukraine?

July 2022 | CWA # 770

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Africa Studies
Tunisia’s political crisis: Five questions

July 2022 | CWA # 769

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS China Reader
The Biden-Xi phone call and the underlying tensions in bilateral relations

July 2022 | CWA # 768

Avishka Ashok

NIAS Africa Weekly
Tribal conflict in Blue Nile: Causes and Implications

July 2022 | CWA # 766

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations
China: Achieving viability in Generation IV Nuclear Reactors

July 2022 | CWA # 765

STIR Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations
Mount Everest: The international race for the world's highest weather station

July 2022 | CWA # 764

STIR Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations
Geopolitics of Semiconductors

July 2022 | CWA # 763

STIR Team

NIAS Europe Studies
France: Uber files leak, and Macron’s trouble

July 2022 | CWA # 762

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Studies
Italy: Three factors about its current political instability

July 2022 | CWA # 761

Emmanuel Selva Royan

The World This Week
Putin’s meeting with Khamenei and Erdogan

July 2022 | CWA # 760

GP Team

NIAS Africa Weekly
Sudan-Ethiopia border tensions and a profile of Blaise Compaoré

July 2022 | CWA # 756

NIAS Africa Team

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