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  • Ruchita Beri

    Senior Research Associate
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    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

      India and Mexico can jointly push for an effective response to international terrorism, reforming the multilateral system, and the adoption of a comprehensive approach to promoting international peace and security.

      August 20, 2020
    • Africa Trends

      As a continent with vast natural, mineral and energy resources, Africa’s global significance in today’s world cannot be disputed. In recent years, Africa has become the centre of global attention with both traditional powers and emerging powers like China, India, Japan, and others engaging the countries in the region. Four specific developments  denote the growing importance of Africa in the global order.

    • IDSA Comments

      South Africa has utilised the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 pandemic to consolidate its regional leadership and augment connections with major external partners like India.

      May 26, 2020
    • IDSA News

      Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms. Ruchita Beri’s article on Africa’s response to COVID-19, titled ‘Coronavirus Pandemic: Africa mounts a robust response to COVID-19’ has been published in the Financial Express on May 25, 2020.

      The article argues that the African countries have come up with several innovations and have launched a swift and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      May 25, 2020
    • IDSA Comments

      It is the need of the hour that India and the African countries collaborate to control the outbreak of the pandemic and to mitigate its long-term economic impact.

      April 29, 2020
    • 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