Dr. Hans Mouritzen is a Senior Researcher on foreign policy and diplomacy at the Danish Institute of International Studies. He has developed theories on the autonomy of international organizations; small states’ foreign policy in a spatial context (‘constellation theory’); how external danger affects domestic cohesion; and how historical memory impacts foreign policy decisions (‘presence of...
Professor David D. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Some of his key areas of expertise include comparative politics, civil wars, and international terrorism. In a brief interview with NEPAL...
Professor Kanti Prasad Bajpai is the Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies and Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Earlier, he was Professor of International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Professor of Politics and International Relations of South Asia, Oxford University. He earned...
Prof. Dr. Chen Dongxiao is the President of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), a government affiliated top think-tank of China. He got his Ph.D. from Fudan University. His major areas of specialization are China’s foreign policy, China-United States relations and United Nations. He has published extensively on the UN reforms and China’s multilateral diplomacy....
Dr. Krzysztof Iwanek is the Head of Asia Research Centre at War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland. His main area of interest is contemporary Indian politics and political ideologies. He also writes regularly for The Diplomat. In an exclusive interview with NEPAL FIRST, he discusses about India-China relations in the post-Coronavirus situation. Traditionally, South Asia has...
Dr. Fabrizio Tassinari is the Executive Director of School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. In an exclusive interview with NEPAL FIRST, Dr. Tassinari highlights the impacts of Covid-19 on world politics from a European perspective. How is the Covid-19 situation...
Ms. Bonnie S. Glaser is a Senior Adviser for Asia and the Director of the China Power Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, where she works on issues related to Asia-Pacific security with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. Prior to joining CSIS, she served as  consultant for various government...
Dr. Henrik Chetan Aspengren is a Research Fellow at the Asia Programme of Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Coordinator of South Asia Initiative. He is also the Co-convenor of Europe India Research and Dialogue Network. He holds a Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London. Some of the primary areas of his expertise include domestic...
Dr Parama Sinha Palit is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), an autonomous school within Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is also an Affiliate Researcher with Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University, Sweden. Her book, Analysing China’s Soft Power Initiative and Comparable Indian Initiatives, was published...
Dr. Gareth Price is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House leading research on South Asia. His Ph.D. focused on the politics of Northeast India. His current research interests include India’s foreign policy, regional relations within South Asia and the politics surrounding water. He has worked on projects for numerous governments and companies and is...
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