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Smruti S Pattanaik

Research Fellow
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Joined IDSA

April 1998


Role of States in India’s Neighbourhood policy, Military and Politics, civil-military relations in South Asia; Issues of Nationalism and National Identity in South Asia


PhD, South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


Dr Smruti S Pattanaik at present is a Research Fellow at the IDSA. Her area of specialisation is South Asia. Her current research project is titled as “India’s ‘Near abroad’: What Ails its Neighbourhood Policy”.

Dr Pattanaik has been a recipient of many international fellowships. She was a visiting Asia fellow (Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok) at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University in 2004. In 2007 she was also selected for a follow up study grant by the Asian Scholarship Foundation to research on politics of identity in Bangladesh She was also awarded the Kodikara fellowship in 1999 (RCSS, Colombo). As a Postdoctoral Fellow at MSH (Fondation Maison des Science de l’Homme), and the Centre for International Relations and Research (CERI, Science Po), Paris she conducted research on “Broadening Consensus in Fighting Religious Militancy/terrorism: Can Democracy in Pakistan Ensure regional stability”. In addition, she was a visiting Fellow (September-October 2011) at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and worked on “Afghanistan: Need for a Regional Approach”. She was a Visiting Professor on ICCR’s India Chair at the University of Colombo for a semester in 2013

She was selected to attend the Symposium on East Asian Security (SEAS) Program conducted by US State department and USPACOM in 2011. She has lectured on India’s foreign policy and South Asia at the Colombo University, Sir John Korelawala Defence University, Asia Centre in the University of Melbourne, University of Karachi, University of Peshawar and University of Dhaka.

She was the Course Director of India-Bangladesh studies program jointly conducted by Jamia Millia Islamia and Dhaka University. She developed a course on "Political Developments in Bangladesh 1971-2010" as part of the European Union-funded project on Curriculum Development on Peace building in Europe and South Asia, organised by the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, in 2011.

Dr Pattanaik has published more than 40 articles in various journals, has contributed more than 20 chapters in edited books, and delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad. She is a member of IDSA’s task force on neighbouring countries. She is a contributor to the Daily Star (Bangladesh) and is on the Editorial Board of Strategic Analysis. She also coordinates the Pakistan Project at IDSA.

Select Publications

  • Elite Perceptions in Foreign Policy: Role of Print Media in Influencing India Pakistan Relations, 1989-1999, (Manohar Publishers: Delhi, 2004)
  • Edited, South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future (Pentagon Press-IDSA, Delhi, 2011)
  • Edited, India-Bangladesh Relations: Historical Imperatives and Future Direction (Gyan Publishers-IDSA, Delhi, 2012).
  • Afghanistan and Its Neighbourhood: In Search of a Stable Future, PRIO Paper, 2013.
  • “India’s Neighbourhood Policy: Perceptions from Bangladesh”, Strategic Analysis, January-February, 2011
  • “New Radical and Old Islamists: Pakistan’s Problem of Religious Radicalisation and its Implications” Strategic Analysis, July-August, 2011
  • “India’s Afghan Policy: Beyond Bilateralism”, Strategic Analysis, July-Aug 2012
  • “Majoritarian state and the Marginalised minorities: Case Study of Hindus in Bangladesh”, Strategic Analysis, July-August 2013
  • Federalising India’s Neighbourhood Policy: Role of States, Strategic Analysis, Jan-Feb, 2014

Other publications