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  • Udai Bhanu Singh

    Senior Research Associate
    +91 11 2671 7983
    Archive data: Person was Senior Research Associate at MP-IDSA till April 2022

    Udai Bhanu Singh was Senior Research Associate and Coordinator of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Centre at MP-IDSA. Along with former MP-IDSA Deputy Director General Rumel Dahiya, he is the author of Delhi Dialogue VII: ASEAN-India: Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda (Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2016), released in Kuala Lumpur in August 2016. He is also co-author of Delhi Dialogue VI: Realising the ASEAN-India Vision for Partnership and Prosperity. He has also authored ASEAN Regional Forum and Security of the Asia-Pacific.

    Dr. Singh has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on Myanmar’s politics, Myanmar’s foreign relations, challenges to border management in Myanmar-India relations, role of the military in Southeast Asia, India-Vietnam Strategic Relationship, India’s Look East/Act East Policy, and India’s Strategic Engagement with Southeast Asia at the multilateral level (ADMM-Plus, EAS, ARF etc.), and India’s Asia-Pacific policy. His article, “The Significance of the ADMM-Plus: A Perspective from India,” was published in Asia Policy in July 2016.

    Dr Singh taught a part-time course in Diplomacy at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi from 1995 to 1998. He is a Member of the Under-Graduate Board of Studies in Defence and Security Studies at Kurukshetra University. He has evaluated theses/dissertations for Jawaharlal Nehru University, and carried out evaluations for Jamia Millia Islamia and other universities.

    From 1994 to 1998, he was responsible for bringing out MP-IDSA's Southeast Asia news review. The news review was re-launched as Insight Southeast Asia (online) under him in March 2012. He also assisted (in his initial years at MP-IDSA) in bringing out the flagship journal Strategic Analysis. He was made the Coordinator of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Centre to focus on the emerging Indo-Pacific region. The Centre has attracted Visiting Fellows from ASEAN countries like Thailand and Singapore besides a Southeast Asia expert from India’s North-East. Dr. Singh was also the points person for organizing the MEA sponsored (India-ASEAN) international conference Delhi Dialogue VI (2014), Delhi Dialogue VII (2015) and Delhi Dialogue VIII (2016), in close collaboration with other Southeast Asian and Indian partner institutions.

    Dr. Singh earned his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in international relations (1994), and his BA Honours and Masters in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (1985). He completed a Certificate of Proficiency course in Bahasa Indonesia from JNU in 2003 and a conflict resolution course at the University of Oslo, Norway in 2010.

    He has participated in Track-2 and 1.5 dialogues with Myanmar, New Zealand and Australia. He contributes to the media and has delivered lectures at academic and defence institutions in India such as National Defence College, Foreign Service Institute, Naval War College, as well as in foreign countries.

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    • Given Myanmar’s geostrategic significance and the continuing insurgency threat, disturbances in Myanmar pose a direct and serious policy challenge to India. A calculated realistic approach weighing the evolving ground situation alone will deliver the objectives of India’s foreign policy.

      January 24, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • The 18th ASEAN–India Summit reaffirmed commitment to shared values and norms that underlie ASEAN–India Dialogue relationship that started in 1992, i.e., the commitment to support ASEAN Community building and strengthening the ASEAN–India strategic partnership across the whole spectrum of political-security, economic, socio-cultural and development cooperation.

      November 29, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Udai Bhanu Singh’s chapter ‘India and the Indo-Pacific’ has been published in the book ‘Maritime Issues and Regional Order in the Indo-Pacific’ edited by Leszek Buszynski and Do Thanh Hai (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

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      September 01, 2021
      IDSA News
    • India must continue to engage with the Tatmadaw, even as it supports the efforts of the UN and the ASEAN to restore democratic processes and prevent violence and conflict in Myanmar.

      May 21, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • November 2020
      Volume: 44
      Issue: 6
      Review Essay

      Strategic Analysis
    • Senior Research Associate, MP-IDSA, Dr. Udai Bhanu Singh’s article on South China Sea, titled ‘South China Sea Conflict Continues during the COVID Pandemic’ has been published in Commonwealth on May 02, 2020.

      May 02, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Dr. Udai Bhanu Singh’s article on India’s Act East Policy, titled ‘Five Years of India’s Act East Policy and the way Ahead’ has been published in the Diplomatist on March 04, 2020.

      March 04, 2020
      IDSA News
    • India and Indonesia recently upgraded bilateral ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, a move that comes on the eve of 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This deeper engagement serves to highlight the importance of the Indo-Pacific for both countries. India and Indonesia have recently witnessed some intensive engagement in the political, strategic, defence, security, and economic spheres.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Dr Udai Bhanu Singh’s article on India-Indonesia bilateral relations, titled ‘Emerging India, Indonesia maritime axis’ was published in Free Press Journal (Newspaper) on June 1, 2018.

      The article analyses the bilateral relations between the two countries, which after a long hiatus, seem to be headed in a direction where the immense potential may begin to be realised.

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      June 01, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Senior Research Associate, IDSA, Dr Udai Bhanu Singh’s commentary on ‘Indonesian President Joko Widodo's Visit to India’ was published in Volume 5 of ‘Diplomatist’ in January 2017

      January 27, 2017
      IDSA News