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  • Ashok K. Behuria

    Senior Fellow
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Dr. Ashok K.Behuria is a Fellow and Coordinator of the South Asia Centre at MP-IDSA. He is a Ph.D in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has worked on "India-Pakistan Relationship During the Eighties" for his Ph.D. He joined IDSA in 2003 and before that he worked as Assistant Director at the International Centre for Peace Studies, New Delhi. Dr.Behuria has also been Editor of International Studies, the prestigious research journal from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has been in the Editorial Boards of Journal of Peace Studies and Strategic Analysis, the flagship journal from IDSA. He has taught at the University of Delhi and JamiaMilliaIslamia, New Delhi. He is a close observer of developments in South Asia and has been awarded the prestigious K Subrahmanyam Award for excellence in strategic studies for his work on Pakistan in 2009. He has published many research articles on strategic issues related to Pakistan, India-Pakistan relations, Sri Lanka, Nepal and South Asian security environment in Indian and foreign journals. He has edited several books on South Asia and continues with his research on internal politics in Pakistan, evolving strategic scenario in the Pak-Af region, radicalisation of religious discourse in the region, India’s engagement with the neighbourhood, regional security, and inter-state cooperation.

    IDSA publications

    Domestic Drivers of India’s Neighbourhood Policy
    Radicalisation and its Impact on the Pakistan

    Select Publications

    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Ashok Behuria's article on Karachi Stock Exchange attack, tited, 'Imran’s Woes: Rhetorics Not Working', has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on July 04, 2020.

      As if a scripted response was ready, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, did not lose the opportunity to blame India for the attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi by Baloch separatists on June 29, 2020, which led to the death of about 13 persons including the four militants, writes Dr. Behuria.

      July 04, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA. Dr. Ashok Behuria’s commentary on India’s stand on Gilgit-Baltistan, titled ‘India Asserts PAK Top Court Has No Locus Standi On Gilgit-Baltistan’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on May 08, 2020.

      May 08, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Ashok K. Behuria’s commentary on the political scenario in Pakistan, titled ‘Non-Issues Keep Pakistan Busy’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on November 23, 2019.

      At a time when inflation is running high and the prices of onions and tomatoes are sky-high; leading to widespread popular disenchantment, such chronic political turbulence does not augur well either for the Imran government or democracy in Pakistan in the long run, writes Dr. Behuria

      November 23, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Ashok Behuria’s article on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, titled ‘Imran’s Multiplying Woes’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on October 14, 2019.
      In Imran’s dwindling popularity, the Pak opposition is smelling revival of its political fortunes. Both Bilawal and Nawaz Sharif are quietly endorsing Fazalur Rahman’s march to further unsettle Imran Khan and test the strength of his ties with the military, writes Dr. Behuria.

      October 14, 2019
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      This book is a rersult of research undertaken on the subject by the scholars associated with the IDSA project on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) - also known as Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) - Which includes both the so-called "Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)" and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), was legally a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kahmir, which acceded to India in October 1947. The authors of this book seek to provide a critical analysis of the politics of the above mentioned two regions within PoK; throw light on the genesis and evolution of various political parties and interest groups, and acquaint the readers with different pesonalities playing important role in politics therein. The main aim of the publication is to help the scholars, analysts, and policy-makers to understand the dynamics of the political systems in PoK, the complex interaction of these systems with the government in Islamabad and the responses of the local leadership to Pakistan's strateghy of keeping them under strict control in the name of representative governance over the last 70 years.
      • ISBN: 978-93-86618-67-2,
      • Price: ₹.1495/-
      • E-copy available
    • It is not easy to turn somebody’s personal archive, even if it is well kept, into a book − that too a biography − without falling in love with the person, his times, the ideological cross-currents he swam with or against, and the historical significance of the character. Such efforts are really commendable when the person of the archives leaves an indelible mark as an ‘ideological beacon and moral compass’ to a leader of consequence, who steered a nation through one of the most tumultuous periods of its history.

      Strategic Analysis
    • The ongoing dialogue between the US and the Taliban has generated lot of interest among strategic analysts in the region and beyond. There are indications that the Taliban are hardening their position as the US appears to be in a haste to pull off an agreement.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Dr Ashok Behuria’s article on radicalization in South Asia, titled ‘South Asia Faces the Threat of Radicalisation’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on April 27, 2019.

      April 27, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Dr Ashok Behuria’s article on Pakistan’s perspective of the Indian elections, titled ‘Between alarm and hope Indian elections through pak lens’ was published in The Pioneer on April 14, 2019.

      Elections in India are never followed with as much interest in Pakistan as is the case today, with both vernacular and English media in Pakistan joining the campaigns with their own interpretations of the ongoing electoral festival in the neighbourhood, writes Dr Behuria.

      April 14, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Dr Ashok Behuria’s article on India’s air strikes on Pakistan, titled ‘Operation Balakot And After: Will Pakistan Act Against Terror?’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR on March 05, 2019.
      India’s “operation Balakot” was designed to convey a strong message to Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. The message was perhaps the sternest so far from the Indian side. It was ably done even under the threat of upsetting the nuclear deterrence-stability temporarily, writes Dr Behuria.

      March 05, 2019
      IDSA News