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  • Shruti Pandalai

    Associate Fellow
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    Shruti Pandalai is an Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, primarily working on issues closely related to India’s national security and foreign policy. Attached with the Centre for Military Affairs, she has worked on projects requiring research and recommendations for the National Security Council Secretariat, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. India’s strategic thought and practice, its military history - the wars of 1962 and 1965 and their impact on contemporary foreign policy, emerging challenges to national security and forecasting and scenario projection are some of the themes she has worked on at MP-IDSA. She has also published widely on the subject of Media and National Security, looking at the larger issues of strategic communication in diplomacy and conflict resolution in India.

    Previously, Shruti was a broadcast journalist, a News Anchor and Senior Correspondent with a leading national English news network specialising in international affairs. She contributes columns/op-eds/blogs to leading national and international publications on matters of national security, foreign policy and on the media.She has most recently been honoured with the MP-IDSA President's Award 2015 for her research paper on India's 1965 War with Pakistan and how it shaped the geopolitics of South Asia.She is part of many emerging leaders fora including the New America Foundation's South Asia 2020 initiative, the Global Young Leaders Programme "The Asian Forum of Global Governance 2017” organised jointly by the ZEIT-StiftungEbelin und GerdBucerius, Germany and the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and was also among the first batch of Raisina Young Fellows participating in the MEA-ORF annual Raisina Dialogue 2017. She is an alumna of St Xavier's College Calcutta, The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London.

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    • Australia’s pursuit of strategic equilibrium has become the defining feature of its foreign policy in recent times.

      April 26, 2024
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Shruti Pandalai’s Oped ‘The Pacific Islands, an Indian counter to China’ has been published in the Hindustan Times on 25 May 2023.

      Ms Pandalai writes on the significance of PM Modi’s trip to the Pacific Islands and why it matters for India’s G20 presidency and undo Pacific Vision.

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      May 25, 2023
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Shruti Pandalai's Oped ‘China is raising LAC heat as part of a plan’ has been published in ‘The Hindustan Times’ on December 23, 2022.

      Ms Pandalai's Oped on the recent clashes in Tawang identifies the perils of the third country prism in India China ties and argues that in the absence of strategic trust, this constant testing of waters should worry not just India but our friends and partners in the Indo-Pacific.

      December 23, 2022
      IDSA News
    • India can carve a niche as a capacity-builder in helping the southern Pacific countries meet developmental goals and tackle climate change.

      September 02, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms. Shruti Pandalai’s article “Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?” has been published in ‘The Diplomat’ on 02 July 2022.

      New Delhi, viewed by ASEAN as independent from both the US and China, could help build this strategic trust, says Ms Pandalai.

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      July 02, 2022
      IDSA News
    • The Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) Initiative aims to enhance regional maritime security via technology and training support.

      June 24, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Shruti Pandalai's article ‘The Indo-Pacific Consensus: The Past, Present and Future of India’s Vision for the Region’ was published in the special issue of 'India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs', Volume 78 Issue 2, June 2022, on the theme of ‘India@75’. The article traces the evolution of the concept of the Indo Pacific in New Delhi's strategic calculus and its pre-eminence as a theatre of geo-strategic and ge-economic opportunity.

      June 23, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Shruti Pandalai was invited to contribute to an anthology of commentaries, published as part of the publications released as part of Raisina 2022 on 26 April 2022. Her commentary ‘Staying the Course on the China Consensus Requires Reassurances in Post-Ukraine Global Order’ argues ‘that after Ukraine, the fragility of geopolitical perceptions stand exposed. The ability of the coalition of the willing to manage the China challenge and stay focused on the Indo-Pacific theatre has been called into question.

      April 26, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms. Shruti Pandalai’s Oped 'Shoring up the Northeast frontier: How rebranding the discourse on connectivity is imperative to meet the China challenge' has been published in ‘The Times of India’ on 21 March 2021.

      March 21, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Ms Shruti Pandalai’s essay “Emerging Trends in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics: Navigating the ‘India Way’’ was published by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) on 14 December 2021.
      The growing strategic relevance of the Indo-Pacific has made India focus its efforts to align with countries on the basis of consensus and cooperation emerging out of common concerns, says Ms Pandalai.

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      December 14, 2021
      IDSA News