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  • Zainab Akhter

    Research Assistant – Pak Digest
    +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.Her areas of research interest are Soft Power in International Relations, Cultural Diplomacy, India-Pakistan relations, CBMs, people-to-people diplomacy, Jammu and Kashmir (with special focus on Ladakh). She is a member of the International Association of Ladakh Studies (IALS) and Communities without Boundaries International, an international nongovernment organization that works to build peace.

    She has presented papers in various national and international conferences and has published research papers and articles injournals, websites and newspapers. 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. Some of her newspaper articles include:“An airbase in Kargil: The project and the implications thereof,”Greater Kashmir 2012, “Zanskar Flash Flood: Calculations and Miscalculations, Greater Kashmir, 2015, “Crossing the LoC: Firsthand experience,” and “A Calendar for Peace,” Rising Kashmir, 2015. During her tenure at IPCS, she organised many seminars and conferences and published reports and articles. Some of these are: Resilience amidst Conflict: Women of Kashmir, 2012,The Kargil-Skardu Route: Implications of its Opening, 2012, J&K and the Indo-Pak Peace Process: New Delhi, Islamabad, and the Hurriyat,2013, and Chinese Incursion in Ladakh: Local Perspectives, 2013.Her latest publication is “CPEC and the future of Gilgit Baltistan,” published on April 13, 2017 in the IDSA website.