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  • Udai Bhanu Singh

    Senior Research Associate
    Email: 
    intuitive20015@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Udai Bhanu Singh is Senior Research Associate and Coordinator of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Centre at IDSA. Along with former IDSA Deputy Director General Rumel Dahiya, he is the author of Delhi Dialogue VII: ASEAN-India: Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda (Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2016), released in Kuala Lumpur in August 2016. He is also co-author of Delhi Dialogue VI: Realising the ASEAN-India Vision for Partnership and Prosperity. He has also authored ASEAN Regional Forum and Security of the Asia-Pacific.

    Dr. Singh has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on Myanmar’s politics, Myanmar’s foreign relations, challenges to border management in Myanmar-India relations, role of the military in Southeast Asia, India-Vietnam Strategic Relationship, India’s Look East/Act East Policy, and India’s Strategic Engagement with Southeast Asia at the multilateral level (ADMM-Plus, EAS, ARF etc.), and India’s Asia-Pacific policy. His article, “The Significance of the ADMM-Plus: A Perspective from India,” was published in Asia Policy in July 2016.

    Dr Singh taught a part-time course in Diplomacy at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi from 1995 to 1998. He is a Member of the Under-Graduate Board of Studies in Defence and Security Studies at Kurukshetra University. He has evaluated theses/dissertations for Jawaharlal Nehru University, and carried out evaluations for Jamia Millia Islamia and other universities.

    From 1994 to 1998, he was responsible for bringing out IDSA's Southeast Asia news review. The news review was re-launched as Insight Southeast Asia (online) under him in March 2012. He also assisted (in his initial years at IDSA) in bringing out the flagship journal Strategic Analysis. He was made the Coordinator of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Centre to focus on the emerging Indo-Pacific region. The Centre has attracted Visiting Fellows from ASEAN countries like Thailand and Singapore besides a Southeast Asia expert from India’s North-East. Dr. Singh was also the points person for organizing the MEA sponsored (India-ASEAN) international conference Delhi Dialogue VI (2014), Delhi Dialogue VII (2015) and Delhi Dialogue VIII (2016), in close collaboration with other Southeast Asian and Indian partner institutions.

    Dr. Singh earned his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in international relations (1994), and his BA Honours and Masters in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (1985). He completed a Certificate of Proficiency course in Bahasa Indonesia from JNU in 2003 and a conflict resolution course at the University of Oslo, Norway in 2010.

    He has participated in Track-2 and 1.5 dialogues with Myanmar, New Zealand and Australia. He contributes to the media and has delivered lectures at academic and defence institutions in India such as National Defence College, Foreign Service Institute, Naval War College, as well as in foreign countries.

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    • Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Dr Udai Bhanu Singh’s commentary on ‘Indonesian President Joko Widodo's Visit to India’ was published in Volume 5 of ‘Diplomatist’ in January 2017

      January 27, 2017
      IDSA News
    • The process of active collaboration between the practitioner and the scholar can sometimes result in desirable policy outcomes. The book under review is one such commendable initial attempt. Ambassador Navrekha Sharma retired from the Indian Foreign Service (IFS); her assignments included Joint Secretary (JS) South (1999–2001) and Ambassadorial posting to the Philippines and Indonesia. In fact, she had two postings in Jakarta, first as Minister-Counsellor (1993–1996) and later as Ambassador (2006–2008).

      Strategic Analysis
    • Australia’s comprehensive strategic approach towards the Indo-Pacific region and a renewed interest in the Indian Ocean has served to rekindle its relationship with India. Australia’s recently released 2016 Defence White Paper (DWP 2016) demonstrates that a growing convergence in strategic approaches can be discerned as Australia looks West and India begins to ‘Act East’.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won by a landslide majority in the openly contested elections Myanmar held on Sunday, November 8, 2015.The NLD won a convincing majority with 255 seats in the lower house, 135 in the upper house and 496 seats in the state and regional legislatures. This paves the way for election of President of its choice and forming a government. The election had 33.5 million eligible voters (over 18 years) of Myanmar’s 52 million population.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Myanmar is an underrated neighbour with the potential to influence India’s vital strategic and economic interests. To keep track of the pulse of the mystic nation that is India’s closest Southeast Asian neighbour demands not just a scholarly approach but an empathy and an emotional connect. Rajiv Bhatia’s book, India–Myanmar Relations, is timely as it comes during a period when Myanmar is going through a significant phase of transition. Myanmar today stands at a crossroads confronted by a combination of developments on the domestic, regional and global planes.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      ISBN: 978-81-8274-845-3
      Price: Rs. 995/-

      This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VII held in March 2015. It epitomizes the growing dialogue between India and ASEAN at all levels. Delhi Dialogue brings together practitioners, corporate leaders, opinion makers, academics and journalists, every year, to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest and concern that animate the India - ASEAN relationship. Discussions held at the Delhi Dialogue, subsequent to ASEAN Commemorative Summit issuing the ‘Vision Statement’ in 2012, provide a good insight into the likely scenarios and possible trends in the post-2015 era.
      E-Copy Available

      Book
    • The ability of history to intrude into the present has often been underestimated. Nowhere is this more evident than in India’s relations with territories to its immediate east. Colonial rule by the British in Northeast India and Myanmar left a lasting impact on the two countries, which is felt to this day. Japanese control of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands also left its own historical imprint.

      Strategic Analysis
    • This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VI held in March 2014. It epitomizes the growing dialogue between India and ASEAN at all levels. Delhi Dialogue brings together practitioners, corporate leaders, opinion makers, academics and journalists, every year, to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest and concern that animate India - ASEAN relationship . Discussions held at the Delhi Dialogue, subsequent to ASEAN Commemorative issuing the ‘Vision Statement’ in 2012, provide a good insight into the likely scenarios and possible trends in the post-2015 era.
      E-Copy available

      Book
    • Maritime security in the Indo-Pacific (or the Indian Ocean–Pacific Ocean continuum) has acquired salience following the shift of the centre of gravity from the Atlantic. It has brought the focus onto the trade, resources and energy lifelines that run across it. The emerging power equations marked by an assertive China, a rising India, a resurgent Japan, together with a rebalancing United States make for a potentially turbulent region.

      Strategic Analysis
    • With increased cross-border mobility, instantaneous access to information and easy reach to small arms, terror attacks in India are finding new targets.

      July 25, 2013
      IDSA Comments
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