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  • Smruti S Pattanaik

    Research Fellow
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    India and Bangladesh Land and Maritime Boundary Settlement: A Model to Follow

    Dr Smruti S Pattanaik at present is a Research Fellow at the IDSA. Her area of specialisation is South Asia. Her current research project is titled as “India’s ‘Near abroad’: What Ails its Neighbourhood Policy”.

    Dr Pattanaik has been a recipient of many international fellowships. She was a visiting Asia fellow (Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok) at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University in 2004. In 2007 she was also selected for a follow up study grant by the Asian Scholarship Foundation to research on politics of identity in Bangladesh She was also awarded the Kodikara fellowship in 1999 (RCSS, Colombo). As a Postdoctoral Fellow at MSH (Fondation Maison des Science de l’Homme), and the Centre for International Relations and Research (CERI, Science Po), Paris she conducted research on “Broadening Consensus in Fighting Religious Militancy/terrorism: Can Democracy in Pakistan Ensure regional stability”. In addition, she was a visiting Fellow (September-October 2011) at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and worked on “Afghanistan: Need for a Regional Approach”. She was a Visiting Professor on ICCR’s India Chair at the University of Colombo for a semester in 2013

    She was selected to attend the Symposium on East Asian Security (SEAS) Program conducted by US State department and USPACOM in 2011. She has lectured on India’s foreign policy and South Asia at the Colombo University, Sir John Korelawala Defence University, Asia Centre in the University of Melbourne, University of Karachi, University of Peshawar and University of Dhaka.

    She was the Course Director of India-Bangladesh studies program jointly conducted by Jamia Millia Islamia and Dhaka University. She developed a course on "Political Developments in Bangladesh 1971-2010" as part of the European Union-funded project on Curriculum Development on Peace building in Europe and South Asia, organised by the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, in 2011.

    Dr Pattanaik has published more than 40 articles in various journals, has contributed more than 20 chapters in edited books, and delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad. She is a member of IDSA’s task force on neighbouring countries. She is a contributor to the Daily Star (Bangladesh) and is on the Editorial Board of Strategic Analysis. She also coordinates the Pakistan Project at IDSA.

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    • While the agreement remains controversial, China is likely to consolidate its presence and Sri Lanka likely to get deeper into the Chinese debt trap even though it has gained temporary relief through the equity for debt swap.

      August 14, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Sheikh Hasina’s visit should not be seen through the narrow prism of an agreement on defence cooperation or Teesta but through the broader perspective of the unexplored potential in India-Bangladesh relations.

      April 07, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s commentary on the possibility of a coup in Pakistan, titled ‘Is a coup in the offing in Pakistan with the reported rift between the government and Armed Forces?’ was published in ‘NewsIn.Asia’ on October 12, 2016.

      October 12, 2016
      IDSA News
    • The reactions of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India indicate a new regional consensus that state sponsored terrorism cannot be dealt with only at the bilateral level.

      September 29, 2016
      IDSA Comments
    • Few issues have drawn as much attention and have been debated as intensely as the rise of India. There has been a plethora of literature that almost dissects various factors that have contributed to India’s rise and what the future holds for the country. Will India emerge as a major player in the international system? Will it be able to compete with a rising China as an Asian power? These are some of the questions that have confronted scholars of international relations and security.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s article on Sri Lanka’s financial crisis, titled ‘Will Sri Lanka overcome its economic woes?’ was published in the East Asia Forum on April 14, 2016.

      April 14, 2016
      IDSA News
    • India’s engagement with its neighbours received a policy reinvigoration after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government assumed power and announced its ‘neighbourhood first’ policy. The first sign of this policy was visible when Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited all the heads of state of the neighbouring countries for his oath-taking ceremony, on May 26, 2014. India’s interest and engagement with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has also intensified in the past few years – from being a reluctant player to driving the regional economic agenda.

      Strategic Analysis
    • The issue of ‘consensus’ that has been at the core of writing a constitution has been eroded through majoritarianism to secure the entrenchment in power of the hill political elites.

      September 28, 2015
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s article on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe's recent visit to India, titled ‘Touching base . . .’ was published in The Sunday Observer on September 20, 2015.

      September 21, 2015
      IDSA News
    • For the people of Sri Lanka the choice is clear – between de-democratisation represented by Rajapakse and his supporters, and democratisation represented by Sirisena and his political allies.

      July 28, 2015
      Issue Brief