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  • Priyanka Singh

    Associate Fellow
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    Dr.Priyanka Singh is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. She holds an Honours degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, and a PhD from the University of Lucknow. Her PhD thesis was titled “Indo-US Relations in the Last Decade - 1990-2000: Shifting Paradigms.”She joined IDSA in September 2007 and is presently associated with the South Asia Centre. Formerly, she worked for the US, Europe &Nuclear centre at the institute. Her broader research interests include Indo-US relations, US engagement in Pakistan and the Cross Line of Control Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan. Currently focusing on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), she is progressing towards developing expertise and extensive subject matter knowledge on various dimensions related to PoK. She is also part of the IDSA project team on Pakistan and PoK. She was the lead author of the PoK Project Report titled “Pakistan occupied Kashmir: Changing the Discourse” published in May 2011.

    Her current project is titled“Growing Sino-Pak Ties: Impact on Kashmir issue”. Since 2008, she has been compiling and editing IDSA's monthly newsletter on PoK.She has travelled extensively across the state of Jammu and Kashmir.She undertook a postgraduate course in Peace Research at theUniversity of Oslo conducted by the International Peace Research Institute,Oslo (PRIO) during June-August 2009. She has frequently delivered lectures/talks on Pakistan occupied Kashmir in Delhi and other parts of the country. She has participated in various officers training programme/courses at IDSA including those for the Indian Air Force and Border Security Force.

    She is the author of the monograph Situating Gilgit Baltistan in the Kashmir Discourse (March 2013). Her second monograph is titled: Re-positioning Pakistan occupied Kashmir on India's Policy Map: Geopolitical Drivers, Strategic Impact (forthcoming 2017). She is the editor of the book The Role of Media in Promoting Regional Understanding in South Asia (Pentagon Press, 2016), co-editor of Proliferation and The Emerging Nuclear Order In the Twenty First Century (Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2009) and Saving Afghanistan (Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2009). Her recent publications include: “Army: The be-all or end-all of Pakistan Politics,”Strategic Analysis, 39(3) May/June 2015; “The China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Gauging Implications for India’s claim on Pakistan occupied Kashmir,”CASSJournal, (Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies)April-May-June 2016; “Prospects of Travel and Trade Across the India-Pakistan Line of Control (LoC),” International Studies, Volume 50 (1& 2) ( 2016); and “Radicalization in Pakistan: Youth Bulge as a Factor,” in S. D. Muni & Vivek Chadha (Eds.) Asian Strategic Review (Pentagon Press 2016).

    Publications at IDSA [+]

    Select Publications

    • The surge in official references to PoK has disrupted the inertia of the past years. Pushing PoK high on India’s strategic priorities will make India’s Kashmir policy more effective.

      February 17, 2020
      Policy Brief
    • Pakistan’s determination to build the Diamer Basha Dam (DBD) project with indigenous funding may prove even more difficult than obtaining foreign funding.

      January 23, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Prudent as it may have appeared to reconcile to the territorial status quo in the past, policy makers must ask themselves whether such an approach has really worked in India’s favour.

      December 11, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • The monograph urges a policy re-positioning by aggregating key geopolitical parameters concerning PoK which potentially impinge on India’s vital territorial and security interests.

    • Pakistan’s responses with reference to the US encouraging India to play a greater role in Afghanistan raise an intriguing question: were Trump’s statements on India part of a gambit to extract cooperation from Pakistan?

      September 11, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Consisting of five major hydropower projects including the Diamer Bhasha Dam, the North Indus Cascade will cut across Gilgit Baltistan as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

      July 19, 2017
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Priyanka Singh’s column on CPEC, titled ‘CPEC a misnomer: India must rename it’ was published in the Oped section of ‘The Pioneer’ on May 13, 2017.

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      May 13, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Subsuming Gilgit Baltistan as a province may propel a paradigmatic shift and redrawing of Kashmir strategy across both sides of the Line of Control.

      April 19, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Since 1947, the protracted issue of Kashmir has predominantly underpinned the subcontinent’s security discourse having dictated the trajectory of unsettling ties between India and Pakistan. As old as India’s independence from British rule and the consequent creation of Pakistan in 1947, the Kashmir issue is rooted in the indecisive phase preceding Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) formal accession to India.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Isolated statements from China and Pakistan soliciting India’s participation in CPEC could be part of a strategic mind-game. India must consider engaging astutely in this mind-game.

      February 17, 2017
      Issue Brief