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  • Arpita Anant

    Associate Fellow
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    ArpitaAnant is an Associate Fellow at MP-IDSA. She joined the Institute in 2007 and was associated with the Internal Security Centre until 2012. Based on field study, her research focussed on the transition in the state of Jammu and Kashmir from a period of high levels of turmoil due to terrorism during the 1990s. Dr.Anant’s current area of research is India’s multilateralism at the United Nations with particular focus on peacekeeping, terrorism and sustainable development. She also does research on China and global governance. Dr.Anant is the Associate Editor of Africa Trends: A Quarterly News Magazine. She has also been a member of the website editorial team and has contributed to the UN section of IDSA’s The Week in Review.

    Awarded a PhD in International Politics in 2004 by the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, her doctoral thesis was on Group Rights in the Indian and International Discourses. She was awarded the ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship and the Commonwealth Visiting Fellowship (Canada) during 2001-02 to undertake doctoral research. She has worked as a researcher at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi (1999-2000), Strategic Foresight Group, Mumbai (2004-05) and the National Centre of International Security and Defence Analysis (NISDA), University of Pune (2005-2007).

    Dr.Anant has several refereed and non-refereed publications. Some among them are: “Global Governance and the Need for ‘Pragmatic Activism’ in India’s Multilateralism”, Strategic Analysis, Vol 39, Issue 5, September 2015, pp. 488-499; “China in Global Economic Governance: Cautious Debut, Confident Journey”, in Jagannath P. Panda (ed.), China’s Transition Under Xi-Jinping, China Yearbook 2015, New Delhi, Pentagon Press, pp. 188-203; “China and the United Nations”, in Prashant Kumar Singh (ed.), China Yearbook 2014, New Delhi, Magnum Books Pvt Ltd, 2014, pp. 131-146; Beyond Stereotypes: Contours of the Transition in Jammu and Kashmir, IDSA Monograph No. 16, April 2013; “India and International Terrorism”, in David Scott (ed.), A Handbook of India’s International Relations, London, Routledge, 2011, pp. 266-276; Counterinsurgency and ‘Op Sadhbhavana’ in Jammu and Kashmir, IDSA Occasional Paper No. 18, October 2011; “Identity and Conflict: Perspectives from the Kashmir Valley”, Strategic Analysis, Volume 33, Issue No.5, 2009 pp. 760-773. She is the editor of Non-State Armed Groups in South Asia: A Preliminary Structured Focused Comparison, New Delhi, Pentagon Security International, 2012.

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    • Existing scholarship on India’s strategic culture pronounces on it either based almost entirely on India’s post-independence strategic behaviour with some references to the pre-independence period or on select historical experiences and texts. For a large part of its history, however, the Indian sub-continent has been under ‘regional’ rulers, ranging from small to very large kingdoms. There are traditions that emanate from them that are as much part of the Indian strategic culture as the pan-Indian phenomena.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The Financing for Development (FFD) process and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process are some of the recent events in the realm of economic multilateralism in the United Nations (UN). India, on its part, has always engaged with the UN and global multilateral processes. This study seeks to focus on India’s diplomacy on FFD and SDGs in the context of its long history of engaging with global economic governance through the UN.

    • India has demonstrated a bold commitment to multilateralism. On all three parameters – ideational, diplomatic and institutional – India’s role is a continuation of a long lineage. As for the implementation of SDGs, India is trying to ensure that its impressive growth trickles down to the last man standing through proactive state interventions.

      November 08, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Arpita Anant’s Op-Ed piece on ‘UN Security Council Reform has been published in the Marathi newspaper ‘Sakal’ on July 17, 2019.

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      July 17, 2019
      IDSA News
    • What pales the counter-terrorism regime is not that its procedures are cumbersome or that its working is not transparent, but that it only selectively raises the cost for those who inflict terror.

      May 06, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • An increased level of engagement of the G20 with Africa could be significant as it could activate the existing G20 initiatives. It is also significant because it proposes to venture into new and critical areas such as skill development of women and rural youth, as well as a focus on renewable energy which are fundamental to capitalise on increased private investment.

      Africa Trends
    • At the very least, the decision on text-based negotiations has brought some more
      legitimacy to the process of reform. However, there is no guarantee yet that
      Security Council reform is any closer or any less complicated.

      Africa Trends
    • While global governance is all about creating an international order that addresses the interests of the big and small nations and people, non-government and corporate entities, the foreign policy of a state, including its multilateralism, aims at achieving its national interest. Tension between the two therefore is only natural. Often this is depicted as a hiatus between the greater good associated with idealism and self-interest associated with pragmatism.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Chair: Mr. G. K. Pillai
      External Discussants: Dr. Suresh K. Goel and Dr. Rana Banerji
      Internal Discussants: Dr. Vinod Kumar and Dr. Saurabh Mishra

      May 22, 2015
    • Over the years, the world has changed in fundamental ways. We are witnessing a resurgence of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Growth and development have not only made the countries more interdependent, but new and increasingly complex challenges have also arisen. For multilateralism to remain relevant and effective in today's world, multilateral institutions must adapt and reform to reflect contemporary geo-political realities. It is in this context that the expansion of the UN Security Council is of significance.