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  • Ashish Shukla

    Research Assistant, (Pak-Digest)
    +91 11 2671 7983
    Archive data: Person was Research Assistant at IDSA from May 2015 to February 2017

    Joined IDSA

    May 2015

    Area of Interest

    Pakistan; Pakistan Army, Internal Security, Militancy, Ethnic Conflict, Radicalisation, Internal Political Dynamics, Foreign Policy, India-Pakistan Relations etc.

    Education and Background

    Graduation: University of Allahabad.
    Post-Graduation: Banaras Hindu University.
    M. Phil.: School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
    Ph.D.: School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    Dr Ashish Shukla is a Researcher at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). He holds a Ph.D in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has worked on “ARMY AS AN INSTITUTION IN PAKISTAN: A CASE STUDY OF THE MUSHARRAF REGIME” for his Ph.D. His area of specialisation is Pakistan. After his masters in Political Science from Bananars Hindu University (BHU), he got himself enrolled for M.Phil./Ph.D programme in 2009 in the School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He qualified UGC NET in December 2010, completed his M. Phil. in 2011, and Ph.D in 2015. Dr Shukla had intermittently taught political science at the School of Open Learning (SOL), University of Delhi, New Delhi. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. He has authored a book "Deadly Connection: The Cost of Becoming a Frontline State" which analyses Pakistan's Post-9/11 cooperation with the United States and its impact on the overall stability of Pakistan. Additionally, he has published several research papers in Journals of national and international repute. He contributes short articles and op-Eds for various newspapers including, The News, The Pioneer, Jansatta, and Dainik Bhaskar. Dr. Shukla also regularly appears in Doordarshan Television programmes/discussions on Pakistan.


    Deadly Connection: The Cost of Becoming A Frontline State, Vijaya Books, Delhi, 2013.

    Chapter in Edited Book:

    War on Terror and Democracy in Pakistan, in Mathew Joseph C. (Eds.), Understanding
    Pakistan, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2015.

    Research Papers/Articles:

    1. Pakistan-Bangladesh Relations, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1-2, January-June 2015. (Forthcoming).
    2. Badalte Pariprekshya me Bharat ki Videsh Neeti, Shodharthy, Lokniti, Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies, July-September 2015. (Forthcoming).
    3. The Pashtun Tribal Identity and Codes: At Odds with the Pakistan’s post-9/11 Policies, THAAP, July-December 2015. (Forthcoming).
    4. Afghan Endgame: Possibility of Regional Consensus?, Exploring History, Vol. 5-6, No. 2-1, July-December 2013, and January-June 2014.
    5. Pakistan-China Relations: A Case Study of All-Weather Friendship, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3-4, July-December 2013.
    6. The Agreement of South Asian Free Trade Area: Challenges Ahead, Intellectual Today, Vol.1, No.2, October-December 2011.
    7. Human Security With Special Reference to Food Security in South Asia, Manaviki, Vol. 3, No. 1, July-December 2011.
    8. Pakistan’s Quest for Strategic Depth: Regional Security Implications, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3, July-September 2011.
    9. Freedom of Expression vs Academic Freedom, Intellectual Today, Vol.1, No.1, July-September 2011.
    10. Drug Trafficking in Pakistan: Threat to Regional Security, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 3, July-September 2010.

    Select Publications

    • India will have to keep a close watch on the developments within PoK and highlight the Pakistani strategy of promoting terror in Kashmir and expose its policies towards both the regions within PoK

      August 19, 2016
      Issue Brief
    • In the recent past, Pakistan has earned the distinction of being the most dangerous place on earth. According to some analysts it is a failed state, while others insist that since there is every possibility of resurrection, it should not be considered a failed state. However, almost everyone would agree that the state is in the midst of a severe crisis and poses a great danger to peace in the world in general and the region in particular.

      Strategic Analysis