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Ruchita Beri

Senior Research Associate
+91 11 2671 7983

Joined IDSA

June 1988


Security issues in Sub Saharan Africa; India -Africa relations; Energy Security and Africa.


MPhil, African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Current Project

Redefining India -Africa relations in the post 9/11 world.


She is a Senior Research Associate and Coordinator, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and United Nations Centre at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, specialising in political and security issues of Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research focus is on India-Africa relations. She is currently the Vice President of the African Studies Association of India and an alumnae of the Women in International Security (WIIS), USA. She is also the member of Africa Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).

She has lectured at various Indian institutions including National Defence College, College of Naval Warfare, and Foreign Service Institute and has participated in several international conferences. She is the editor of Africa Trends and Indian Ocean Watch published by the IDSA. She is also on the Editorial Board of Austral: Brazilian Journal of Strategy & International Relations. She has edited two books, India and Africa: Enhancing Mutual Engagement (Pentagon Press, 2014); Africa and Energy Security (Academic Foundation, 2009) and has contributed journal articles and book chapters to over 80 publications. She has an M.Phil in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and a diploma on Conflict Studies from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Select Publications

  • "Africa's Energy Potential: Prospects for India," Strategic Analysis, July-September 2005.
  • "India's Africa Policy in Post Cold War Era," Strategic Analysis, April-June 2003.
  • "Indo- South African Relations after Mandela," Africa Quarterly, Vol. 41, Nos. 1-2, 2001.
  • "Militarisation and Search for Security in Africa," African Security Review (Pretoria), Vol. 5, No. 5, 1996.
  • "Internal Conflicts and External Interventions: Comparison of Settlement Process in Angola and Mozambique," in Goran Lindgren et. al., eds., Issues in Third World Conflict Resolution (Uppsala: Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 1990).

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