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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 Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (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.

    Publications at IDSA [+]

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    • 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
    • Africa Trends

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Africa will go a long way in cementing ties with the African countries in the field of food security, energy and defence. At the same time, this visit will put to rest criticism of India’s visibility deficit in the region.

    • IDSA Comments

      Terrorism has grown exponentially in the African continent, not only in terms of the number of attacks but also the number of countries affected. There is an arc of instability spreading across Africa, from Nigeria in the west to Somalia in the east.

      April 13, 2017
    • Africa Trends

      India’s relations with African countries are surging ahead in the political, economic and multilateral spheres. To an extent, this reflects India’s recognition of the economic and political transformation of Africa in the recent years. Last year, there was a spurt in the number of countries going to the polls in Sub-Saharan Africa including Ivory Coast in the west to the Seychelles in the east; the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa and Zambia in southern Africa. At the same time, Africa has performed quite well economically.

    • Book
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press

      Over the coming decade, converging global security challenges will necessitate combined efforts by states to manage threats and maximise opportunities. Among the most significant challenges that India and Africa will face in paricular, are reforms in global governance institutions, maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean, energy insecurity and the rise of extremism and terrorism. This volume combines Indian and African perspectives with regard to the common security challenges they are likely to face in the foreseeable future.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-860-6,
      • Price: ₹. 595
      • E-copy available