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  • Smruti S Pattanaik

    Research Fellow
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    Dr Smruti S Pattanaik is a Research Fellow at the MP-IDSA. Her area of specialisation is South Asia. Her current research project is titled as “India’s Response to China’s Presence in South Asia: Challenges and Policy Options”.

    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 and follow-up grantee in 2007, researching on politics of identity in Bangladesh. She was a recipient of Kodikara Award in 1999 (RCSS, Colombo), a Post-doctoral Fellow at FMSH (Fondation Maison des Science de l’Homme), and was attached to the Centre for International Relations and Research (CERI, Science Po), Paris. She was selected to attend the Symposium on the East Asian Security (SEAS) Program conducted by the US State Department and USPACOM in 2011. She was a Visiting Fellow (September-October 2011) at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), she was a Visiting Professor on ICCR’s India Chair at the University of Colombo for a semester.

    She has lectured on India’s foreign policy and South Asia at the Colombo University, Sir John Kotelawala 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 the India-Bangladesh Studies Programme 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, Jamia Millia Islamia in 2011.

    Dr Pattanaik has published more than 60 research articles in various peer-reviewed journals both in India and abroad. She has contributed more than 50 chapters in edited books, and delivered lectures on security issues both in India and abroad. She has authored a book titled Elite Perception in Foreign Policy: Role of Print Media in Influencing India-Pakistan Relations 1989-1999 (Manohar Publishers & RCSS: 2004), and a Monograph titled Afghanistan and its Neighbourhood: In Search of a Stable Future (PRIO-IDSA, 2013). She has edited two books South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future, Pentagon Press, Delhi, (2011) and Four Decades of India Bangladesh Relations: Historical Imperatives and Future Direction, Gyan Publishing House, (2012), and two reports titled Pakistan on the Edge (2013) and Unending Violence in Pakistan: Analysing the Trend (2014). She is a member of MP-IDSA’s task force on neighbouring countries and is coordinator of Pakistan project. She writes for the Daily Star and Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh) and is on the Editorial Board of MP-IDSA’s flagship journal, Strategic Analysis published by Routledge.

    Other publications

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

    Select Publications

    • India’s role in the liberation war is often seen through the geopolitical prism. Its response to developments in East Pakistan was complex and evolved over a period of time. Before taking recourse to military action, India exhausted its diplomatic initiatives to draw the attention of the international community to the refugee crisis which arose due to the Pakistan Army-perpetuated genocide – a term first used by India in the Parliament Resolution of 31 March.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s Article ‘श्रीलंका में आम लोगों के साथ खड़ा भारत’ has been published in Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’ on 12 May 2022.

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      May 12, 2022
      IDSA News
    • The birth of Bangladesh with the surrender and humiliation of the Pakistan military to the joint India-Bangladesh forces on 16 December 1971 is one of the most extraordinary political events in the Indian subcontinent.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik’s article ‘Will there be ‘tabdeeli’ or a return to purana Pakistan?’ has been published in Financial Express on 11 April 2022.

      Naya Pakistan is a history and it is to be seen whether Pakistan moves towards ‘purana Pakistan’ characterized by political rivalry that would make it easy for the Army to determine the course of politics or there would be course correction, says Dr Pattanaik.

      April 11, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Anindita Ghoshal, New Delhi: Routledge, 2021, Hardback, ISBN: 9780367706951, Price: INR 1495.00, pp. 310.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Smruti S. Pattanaik’s commentary ‘Why SAARC would not allow Foreign Ministers meet to Legitimise Taliban Regime’ has been published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) online, on September 25, 2021.

      September 25, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Regionalism in South Asia continues to evoke intense academic interest among scholars. SAARC, an organization that was conceptualized in the early eighties, evinced both hope and despair. A hope to overcome the factitious past and move onto the path of prosperity, and the despair that was embodied in its inability to achieve its potential. The fight against poverty and the path to prosperity has mostly been an individualistic journey among countries.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Smruti S Pattanaik’s article ‘Competing for Influence: China, India and the Vaccine War in South Asia’ featured in the China-India Brief # 185, published by Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy, Singapore.

      July 29, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Smruti S. Pattanaik’s Commentary ‘US withdrawal from Afghanistan: Will dialogue hold?’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) on July 22, 2021.

      As the dialogue process in Doha progresses, between the Afghan government and the Taliban; India, like the rest of the international community, hopes that Afghanistan’s violent past would not become its future.

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      July 22, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka highlights Beijing’s deepening security engagement with South Asian countries.

      June 02, 2021
      Issue Brief