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

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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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

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STIR Team

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Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Africa Weekly
IN FOCUS | Tunisia's political crisis

August 2022 | CWA # 772

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS Europe Studies
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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

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July 2022 | CWA # 766

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations
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July 2022 | CWA # 765

STIR Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations
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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

Conflict Weekly
Political Stalemate in Libya, and the Fall of Luhansk in Ukraine

July 2022 | CWA # 754

IPRI Team

NIAS Africa Weekly
Africa’s continuing migration problem: Three issues

June 2022 | CWA # 751

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS Africa Weekly
Visit of the Belgium King to the DRC and tensions between the DRC and Rwanda

June 2022 | CWA # 748

NIAS Africa Team

NIAS Fortnightly on Science, Technology and International Relations
China in Space: Shenzhou-13 and Tiangong

June 2022 | CWA # 747

STIR Team

The World This Week
The US federal reserve interest rate increase and its global fallouts

June 2022 | CWA # 746

GP Team

Conflict Weekly
North Korea's Missile Tests and Sanctions on Mali

June 2022 | CWA # 744

IPRI Team

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