Chithra Purushothaman joined IDSA as a research assistant in the Non-traditional Security centre in April 2017. She holds an MA and MPhil in International Politics from the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she has also submitted her PhD thesis recently. Her PhD thesis is titled “Emerging Powers as Development Assistance Providers: A Comparative Study of Brazil, China and India”. As part of her PhD research, she conducted extensive field study in Brazil during March-April 2015. Chithra’s research interests are broadly in the areas of international development, foreign aid, emerging powers and their development assistance, South-South Cooperation, Indian foreign policy, economic diplomacy, and energy security. Prior to joining IDSA, she was a guest faculty at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has also held research positions at the Centre for Policy Research and MyGov India.