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  • Ruchita Beri

    Senior Research Associate
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Ms. Ruchita Beri is a Senior Research Associate and Coordinator, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and United Nations Centre at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. She researches on political and security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, India-Africa relations and Emerging Powers in Africa. She is currently the Vice President of the African Studies Association of India, a member of the Africa Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and serves on the Executive Board of the Forum for Indian Development Cooperation (FIDC). She is also a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) Task Force on Blue Economy.

    Ms. Beri has participated in many international conferences and regularly lectures at several institutions in India, such as the National Defence College, Foreign Service Institute, Army War College and College of Naval Warfare. She is the Editor of Africa Trends, a quarterly magazine published by IDSA and is also on the Editorial Board of Austral: Brazilian Journal of Strategy & International Relations. She has edited several books including Africa and Energy Security (2009), India and Africa: Enhancing Mutual Engagement (2013) India and Africa: Common Security Challenges for the Next Decade (2016); and co- edited a monograph United Nations Security Council Reform: Perspectives and Prospects (2014). She has contributed journal articles and book chapters to over 80 publications. She has an MPhil in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and a diploma on Conflict Studies from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

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    • IDSA Comments

      The India-Africa Defence Ministers’ Conclave is a step towards engaging the African countries on peace and security. It is hoped that the conclave leads to a candid discussion on common security challenges and examines the ways and means to further enhance cooperation between India and the African countries.

      February 06, 2020
    • Africa Trends

      South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to India provided an opportunity to honour the contribution of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi and reinvigorate India’s relations with South Africa, a strategic partner and a leading economic power in Africa.

    • IDSA News

      Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s article on India-Tanzania ties, titled ‘India-Tanzania foster Defence and Energy Engagement’ has been published in 9th Tanzania in Focus, 2019.

      June 07, 2019
    • IDSA News

      Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s article, titled ‘India-Africa Trade’ has been published in a Special Report on Africa Day 2019.

      Africa is no longer considered a ‘hopeless continent’ as suggested by the Economist a decade ago, rather it possesses all the prerequisites to become a major growth pole of the world, writes Ms Beri.

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      June 07, 2019
    • IDSA Comments

      China's Belt and Road Initiative helps African countries in reducing the infrastructure gap in the region. However, it also leaves them open to the risk of unsustainable debt.

      April 15, 2019
    • IDSA Comments

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent tour of Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa increased to 26 the number of African countries visited by very senior leaders, thus contributing to a significant reduction in India’s visibility deficit in the continent.

      August 21, 2018
    • Africa Trends

      The Asia Africa Growth Corridor provides a transparent and inclusive alternate to the countries of Africa. It builds on the Japanese ethos of working with quality and India’s long and historic people- centric partnership with African countries.

    • Africa Trends

      The existence of vast natural resources, both living and non- living, in the marine ecosystem, has led to a concern about sustainability of harnessing these resources. The increasing emphasis on the blue economy by policy makers in the African countries and India, presents an opportunity for cooperation in this crucial area.

    • IDSA News

      Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Ms Ruchita Beri’s article on Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, titled, ‘Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa may impact Diaspora ties” was published in India Review and Analysis, vol. 1, issue 7, April 10, 2017

      June 22, 2017
    • IDSA Comments

      The Corridor marries India’s brand of human resources development and capacity building with Japan’s objective of delivering quality infrastructure in the region.

      June 13, 2017