NIAS Europe Studies

What next for Russia, Ukraine, Europe, South Asia & India, and China

26 November 2022
Harini Madhusudan, Rishma Banerjee, Padmashree Anandhan, Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan, and Avishka Ashok

UNGA 77: Who said what from Europe?

26 November 2022
Padmashree Anandhan and Rishma Banerjee

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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 Associate at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. Her areas of interest include ethnic conflicts, civil-military relations and political developments in Africa. Apoorva has completed her Masters degree in...


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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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Ankit is a Ph.D. scholar at NIAS, his research interests lie South Asia, peace studies and oral history. His research topic is on political economy of external debt in Pakistan (1971-2021).   Research activities In the STIR program, he is currently assisting in preparations of PR evening...


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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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Sethuraman Nadarajan is a Research Intern 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, he is currently coordinating the activities of the...


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Bhoomika Sesharaj is a Research Intern with the Global Politics Course, in the Programme of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Under the programme, she is currently coordinating the activities of the Pakistan Reader Area Studies Initiative.  Her...


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Madhura S Mahesh is a Research Intern in the Global Politics Course at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advance Studies, Bangalore. She is currently working under the Europe Studies Programme under the Area Studies initiative. Her areas of interest include the...


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Farhan Hussain is a Research Intern with the Global Politics Course, in the Programme of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Under the program, he is currently involved in the activities of the China Reader Area Studies Initiative. His areas of interest...


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Sayani Rana is a research Intern at the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advance Studies. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Public Policy from St. Joseph’s University. As intern she is currently looking at the...


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Allen Joe Mathew is a Research Intern with the Science, technology and International Relations (STIR)  Programme in the School of Conflict and Security Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. He is a final year undergraduate scholar pursuing BA JIP (Journalism, International...


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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 a doctoral candidate in the Department of South Asian Studies at the University of Bonn. She has received the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung European International Cooperation (KAS-EIZ) scholarship for her doctoral study on climate migration, sustainability, and resilience among the rural...


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