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  • Uttam Kumar Sinha

    Research Fellow
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    Dr.Uttam Kumar Sinhais a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. His areas of research include transboundary water issues, climate change and the Arctic region.At IDSA, he is also the Managing Editor of Strategic Analysis published by Routledge.

    A doctorate in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University,Dr. Sinha holds an adjunct position at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies Sri Lanka, a think-tank of that country’s Ministry of Defence.
    He is currently on the technical advisory board of the South Asia Water Governance Programme and has a policy advisory role at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu. He was a Chevening ‘Gurukul’ Scholar at the London School of Economics in 2008; participated in the Harvard Kennedy School’s South Asia Leaders Programmein 2015; and was a visiting fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in 2006.

    He is actively engaged in the Track 2 dialogue process and was India’s representative to the CSCAP Working Group on Water Resources Security. He Chaired the Working Group on Water Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the Strategic Studies Network, National Defense University (NDU) Washington DC.

    He is the author of the book Riverine Neighbourhood: Hydro-politics in South Asia (Pentagon Press, 2016). Some of his recent edited volumes include, The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy(Wisdom Tree, 2016), Non-Traditional Security Challenges in Asia: Approaches and Responses (Routledge,2015); Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy (Routledge, 2015); Emerging Strategic Trends in Asia (Pentagon Press, 2015).

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    • It is not easy to turn somebody’s personal archive, even if it is well kept, into a book − that too a biography − without falling in love with the person, his times, the ideological cross-currents he swam with or against, and the historical significance of the character. Such efforts are really commendable when the person of the archives leaves an indelible mark as an ‘ideological beacon and moral compass’ to a leader of consequence, who steered a nation through one of the most tumultuous periods of its history.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, presently on Lien to Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Dr Uttam Sinha’s chapter ‘Regionalism the New Realism’ was published in the Volume ‘Making of New India: Transformation Under Modi Government’, edited by Bibek Debroy, Anirban Ganguly and Kishore Desai. The Volume was released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the first copy was presented to President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 27, 2018.

      November 27, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s article on India’s riparian relations with China, titled ‘India-China Riparian Relations: Of Reality and Rationality; was published in Journal of the United Service Institution of India (USI), Vol. CXLVIII, No. 612, April-June 2018.

      July 30, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s commentary on Kishanganga hydro-project was published in the Hindi newspaper ‘Hindustan’ on May 23, 2018.

      The commentary evaluates the volatile India-Pakistan relationship and Pakistan’s attempt to escalate tension using water as an excuse.

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      May 23, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Dr Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, IDSA, co-authored the PRIO Policy Brief on ‘India in Climate Change Negotiations’. The Brief is part of the IDSA-PRIO cooperation on Climate Change.

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      December 01, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s article on China's Hydro-Arrogance, titled ‘China's Hydro-Arrogance and India’s response’ was published in the September 2017 issue of ‘The Nationalist’.

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      September 11, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s article on Arctic Strategy, titled ‘Time for India to adopt an Arctic strategy’ was published in ‘News Mobile’ on August 17, 2017.

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      August 17, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s article on China's hydro-behaviour was published by Marathi newspaper ‘Tarun Bharat’ on July 30, 2017.

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      July 30, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s article on India’s climate change, titled ‘India's Climate Change: An Article of Faith’ was published in ‘The Nationalist’ on July 1, 2017.

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      July 01, 2017
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press

      Rivers are the most visible form of fresh water. Rivers are ancient and older than civilizations a ‘mini cosmos’ spawning history, tales, spirituality, and technological incursions. Flowing rivers are the largest renewable water resource as well as a crucible for both humans and aquatic ecosystem.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-914-6,
      • Price: ₹. 895
      • E-copy available