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Uttam Kumar Sinha

Research Fellow
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Joined IDSA

July 2001


Non-Traditional Security: Climate Change and Water Security


PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Current Project

Water and Security


Uttam Kumar Sinha holds an adjunct position at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies Sri Lanka, a think-tank of the Ministry of Defence. At IDSA, he is the Managing Editor of Strategic Analysis published by Routledge. A doctorate in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he earlier worked in the daily Pioneer. His research areas include climate change, transboundary water issues and the Arctic region.

He is currently on the technical advisory board of the South Asia Water Governance Programme and a policy advisory role to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu.  He was a Chevening ‘Gurukul’ Scholar at the LSE in 2008; and in 2015 at the Harvard Kennedy School on a South Asia Leaders Programme. In 2006 he was a visiting fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

He is actively engaged in Track 2 dialogue process and was India’s representative to the CSCAP Working Group on Water Resources Security. He Chaired the Working Group on Water Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the Strategic Studies Network, National Defense University (NDU) Washington DC.

He is the author of the book Riverine Neighbourhood: Hydro-politics in South Asia (Pentagon Press, 2016). Some of his recent edited volumes include, The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy (Wisdom Tree, 2016), Non-Traditional Security Challenges in Asia: Approaches and Responses (Routledge 2015); Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy (Routledge, 2015); Emerging Strategic Trends in Asia (Pentagon Press, 2015).

Select Publications


Edited/Co-Edited Books


  • Co-authored chapter "Progress on Transboundary Water Cooperation on the Ganges" in edited volume The Ganges River Basin(Routledge, 2016)
  • Co-authored chapter "Cleaning Rivers in India: Experiences from Bavaria" in edited volume The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India's Foreign Policy (Wisdom Tree, 2016)
  • Towards Riparian Rationality: An Indian Perspective’ in Kanti Bajpai, Huang Jing and Kishore Mahbubani (eds), China-India Relations: Cooperation and Conflict, London, Routledge, 2015.
  • 'India's Arctic Attention' in Liev Lunde, Yang Jian and Iselin Stensdal (eds), Asian Countries and Arctic Future, Singapore, World Scientific, 2015.
  • Challenges to the Himalayan Watershed’ in Niraj Kumar, George Van Driem and P Stobdan (eds), Himalayan Bridge, New Delhi, Knowledge World, 2015.
  • ‘Modi’s Journey Through the Neighbourhood’ in Anirban Ganguly (ed), Redifing Governance’, New Delhi, Prabhat Prakashan, 2015.
  • 'The Arctic and India: Strategic Awareness and Scientfic Engagement' in Uttam Kumar Singha and Jo Inge Bekkevold (eds) Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy, London, Routledge, 2015.
  • "The strategic politics of water in South Asia" in Jason Miklian and Ashild Kolas (eds), India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges, Routledge, London, 2014
  • “India and Climate Change” in David Scott (ed), Handbook on India’s International Relations, Routledge, London, February 2011


  • Paris climate summit: An agreement for humanity”, The Nationalist, Syama Prasad Mokherjee Research Foundation, December 2015, pp.27-29.
  • Fair vermeiden”, IP Landerportrat, No.3, Nov-2015-February 2016, pp.29-31.
  • Human securitization of water? A case study of the Indus Waters Basin Co-authored with J Peter Burgess and Taylor Owen & Uttam Kumar Sinha, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, December 2013
  • Debate on The Arctic: Challenge, Prospects and Opportunities for India, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol 8(1), Jan-March 2013
  • The Arctic: An Antithesis, Strategic Analysis, 37(1), January 2013
  • Debate on 'Rio+20 Outcome and the Climate Negotiations', Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol 7 (3), July-September, 2012
  • "Will the Indus Water Treat Survive?", Strategic Analysis, 36(5), Sept-Oct, 2012
  • “Interlocking challenges: EU-India convergence on climate change”, in Luis Peral and Vijay Shakuja (ed), The EU-India Partnership: time to go strategic, EUISS, Paris, October 2012
  • "Examining China's Hydrobehaviour: Peaceful or Assertive", Strategic Analysis, 36 (1), Routledge, Jan-Feb, 2012
  • “Water Issues in South Asia and the Hydropolitics”, Queries, 3 (6), Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels, Nov-Dec 2011
  • “China: Geopolitics of a Thirsty Nation”, Indian Foreign Affairs, Journal, 6 (4), Oct-Dec, 2011, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi
  • "Water and Energy: A Flashpoint in Pakistan-India Relations?", Journal of Energy Security published by the Washington-based International Analysis on Global Security (IAGS)


  • In Hindi monthly journal Sablok, published by Samved Foundation, New Delhi, January 2016.

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