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  • Zainab Akhter

    Research Analyst
    Email: 
    zainab9059@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Dr Zainab Akhter has a PhD from the Centre for International Politics, Organization, and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She also has an MPhil from the same university as well as a post graduate degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Kashmir. Zainab was earlier a Research Officer with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), and has also worked with the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) as a Research Associate and at India Institute as a researcher. She has interned with the Hindustan Times and has been awarded the Ladakh Women Writers Award for the year 2008 by Charkha, a Delhi-based NGO. She was selected for the India-Pakistan Legislative Fellowship 2017 by the US Government and was placed as the India Legislative Fellow at Hudson Institute, a think tank based in Washington DC.

    Her areas of research interest are Soft Power, Cultural Diplomacy, India-Pakistan relations, CBMs, people-to-people diplomacy, Jammu and Kashmir (with special focus on Ladakh). She has extensively travelled in Pakistan and Baltistan. She is part of the Editorial Team for the Journal of International Association of Ladakh Studies, a member of the International Association of Ladakh Studies (IALS), Communities without Boundaries International, an international nongovernment organization that works to build peace and Women’s Regional Network, a network of women civil society leaders working together to advance women’s rights and regional peace in South Asia. She has presented papers in various national and international conferences and has published research papers and articles in journals, websites and newspapers on strategic issues related to Pakistan, India-Pakistan relations, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and Ladakh.  

    Her journal articles include: “India-Pakistan Relations: Efficacy of Culture,” Millennial Asia: An International Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2016; “Indo-Pak Diplomacy: Modi’s Pakistan Policy,” Mainstream, Vol. 54, No. 9, 2016; “The Strategic Importance of the Siachen Glacier for India,” Indian Defence Review, February 2016.

    She has also reviewed a book titled Conflict in Jammu & Kashmir: Impact on Polity, Society, and Economy, which was published in Book Review, Vol. 36, No. 9, 2012. Her latest publications are In Pakistan’s Tryst with Democracy Shadow of Military looms large, published in Daily O, 18 August 2018 and Pakistan and the Politics of CPEC: A Rethink on the Anvil, published in South Asian Voices (SAV), 21 October 2018.

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    • Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on the Hazara community in Pakistan, titled ‘The Plight Of Hazaras In Pakistan’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on April 17, 2019.

      April 17, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on Indo-Pak relations post Pulwama attack, titled ‘The India-Pakistan conundrum: Sending the wrong signals’ was published by the Asia Dialogue Journal, an online Journal of the University of Nottingham, Asia Research Institute.

      March 29, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Analyst, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on FATF and Pakistan, titled 'FATF Tightens Scrutiny On Pakistan' was published by The AIR World Service, an external serviced division of All India Radio (AIR), on March 07, 2109.

      Pakistan has to demonstrate to the FATF advisory that measure is taken to shut down infrastructure and finances of terror groups in word and spirit, not just as a delaying tactic, lest it would surely be blacklisted in FATF next review meeting, writes Dr Akhter.

      March 07, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Associate, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Strategy Post Pulwama’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR on March 01, 2019.

      March 01, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Assistant, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on India-Iran stand on Pakistan, titled ‘India And Iran Need To Come Together Against Pakistan’ was published by The AIR World Service, an external services division of All India Radio (AIR) on February 25, 2019.

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      February 25, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Assistant, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Ms Zainab Akhter’s commentary on Aasia Bibi, titled ‘The Acquittal of Aasia Bibi’ has been published in AIR World Service, an External Services Division of All India Radio on February 03, 2019.

      The commentary analyses blasphemy law in Pakistan, in wake of the violent protests by religious hardliners following Aasia Bibi’s acquittal.

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      February 03, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Although the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement has been able to mainstream the Pashtun issue and has inspired popular empathy, its anti-establishment thrust has made it a soft target for the pro-establishment media and political actors.

      January 28, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Analyst, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Ms Zainab Akhter’s commentary on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, titled ‘Is Pakistan Cost-Cutting The CPEC?’ was published in AIR World Service, an External Services Division of All India Radio, on January 17, 2019.

      January 21, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Consultant, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Ms Zainab Akhter’s commentary on Imran Khan’s maiden visit to China, titled ‘Imran’s China Visit: In Search Of An Economic Package?’ was published in AIR World Service, an External Services Division of All India Radio, on November 05, 2018.

      November 05, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Consultant, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Ms Zainab Akhter’s article on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), titled ‘Pakistan and the Politics of CPEC: A Rethink on the Anvil?’ was published in ‘South Asian Voices’ on October 21, 2018.

      October 21, 2018
      IDSA News

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