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  • Sampa Kundu

    Research Assistant
    Email: 
    sampa.sun@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983
    Archive data: Person was Research Assistant at IDSA from December 2013 to June 2018

    Dr. Sampa Kundu joined the Southeast Asia and Oceania Centre on December 16, 2013 as a Research Assistant. She completed her PhD on ‘India and Myanmar in BIMSTEC: Implications for Northeast India’ from the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2014.

    Dr. Kundu’s research interests include India’s bilateral relations with Southeast Asian nations, India’s Act East Policy and Southeast Asian regional affairs. Her job responsibilities include analysing the regional affairs in Southeast Asia with a focus on geo-politics and foreign relations, writing for the institution on a regular basis, editing the centre’s newsletter ‘Insight Southeast Asia’ and assisting in organising various events including the Delhi Dialogue, a Track 1.5 dialogue between India and ASEAN partners.

    Her recent publications include: “China and Southeast Asia: Tracking the Developments”, in China Yearbook 2015- China’s Transition Under Xi Jinping, Ed. Jagannath Panda, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2016; “Buddhist versus Islamic Extremism: A Case Study of Myanmar”, in Asian Strategic Review, Eds. SD Muni and Vivek Chadha, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2016; “Defence and Security Partnership with Myanmar”, in Asian Strategic Review, Eds. SD Muni and Vivek Chadha, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2015; "Maintaining the Status Quo: China in Southeast Asia", in China Yearbook 2014, Ed. Prashant Kumar Singh, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2015. Her recent peer-reviewed articles include “BIMSTEC at 17: An Assessment of its Potential”, India Quarterly, A Sage Journal, Vol. 70, No. 3, September 2014; “Reviewing the Potential of BIMSTEC”, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies- Society for Indian Ocean Studies, November 2015; “India-Vietnam Bilateral Relations”, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, August 2014; “India-Myanmar-Northeast India Challenges and the Way Forward”, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies September, Vol. 18, Nos. 1-2, Jan-June 2014. Besides, she has also contributed several articles/commentaries to online gateways and magazines including The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, and The Diplomatist.

    Publications at IDSA

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    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu's commentary on BIMSTEC, titled ‘BIMSTEC and People-to-People Connectivity’ was published by IPP Review, Singapore, on May 24, 2018.

      Enhanced people-to-people contact will create a passage for the bottom-up approach of regionalism which will eventually help the member-states in popularizing the concept of “Brand” BIMSTEC, reads the article.

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      May 24, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu’s commentary on India-Myanmar Bilateral Trade, titled ‘The Current Conundrums in India-Myanmar Bilateral Trade', was published in the January 2018 issue of ‘The Diplomatist’. The commentary argues that India still lags far behind in Myanmar in terms of bilateral trade between Nay Pyi Taw and its other neighbours like China and Thailand.

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      February 23, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Reciprocity and mutual understanding on common concerns will help both ASEAN and India to overcome some of the challenges facing their relationship.

      February 01, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu's commentary on ‘ASEAN takeways’ has been published by The Pioneer on November 25, 2017.

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      November 25, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu's commentary on BIMSTEC, titled ‘BIMSTEC: A Desirable Alternative to SAARC and An Extra Feather to India’s Act East Policy’ was published by ‘The Kootneeti’ on October 12, 2017.

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      October 12, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu's commentary on India-Australia relations, titled ‘India-Australia: A Partnership in Making’ was published in a Special Report on India-Australia Working Together for a Brighter Future, by the Diplomacy & Beyond magazine, in association with The High Commission of India, Canberra, Australia in October 2017.

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      October 04, 2017
      IDSA News
    • The Rohingya crisis is not just Myanmar’s domestic problem but a regional issue and it needs to be tackled at the regional level in a more comprehensive way.

      September 08, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Sampa Kundu's commentary on ‘ASEAN-India Partnership at 25’ was published by ‘The Diplomat’ on July 7, 2017.

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      July 07, 2017
      IDSA News
    • BIMSTEC needs to build on regional synergies and work towards utilising the available resources optimally by focusing on fewer priority areas and undertaking projects that are economically feasible.

      June 20, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Heading East, Security, Trade and Environment between India and Southeast Asia, co-edited by Sumit Ganguly and Karen Stoll Farrell, consisting of 11 chapters and one introductory note by the editors, broadly deals with India’s Look East/Act East Policy (LEP/AEP).

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