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Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and the coordinator of its Centre for Internal and Regional Security (IReS). Her research focuses on the security dynamics and politics in South Asia (specifically Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh), Central Asia and West Asia. Her research covers issues in international security such as domestic and transnational terrorism and organised crime; radicalism and counter-radicalism; ethnic and religious conflict; armed conflict; WPS; geopolitics; political stability; peace processes; and governance and rule of law. Prior to joining IPCS, she was the Content Manager at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai. She is also Member, Advisory Council, Women & Peace Studies Organization (formerly RIWPS), Afghanistan; and has been a South Asia Visiting Fellow at the Henry L Stimson Center, Washington, DC.


Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy
Deputy Director

Belt and Road and US-China Relations in 2018IPCS Commentary, No. 5437, 19 February 2018

India-Afghanistan Relations: Innovating ContinuityIPCS Commentary, No. 5340, 17 August 2017

Afghanistan and the Attempted Exhumation of the QCGIPCS Commentary, No. 5249, 21 March 2017

FSI Afghanistan: Limited Scope for UseIPCS Commentary, No. 5160, 26 October 2016

Brass Tacks of the Emerging Afghan TalibanIPCS Commentary, No. 5038, 26 May 2016

Forecast 2016: AfghanistanIPCS Commentary, No. 4993, 25 February 2016

Countering Extremist Propaganda: A Strategy for IndiaIPCS Commentary, No. 4972, 27 January 2016

India-Afghanistan: Interesting Times AheadIPCS Commentary, No. 4939, 1 December 2015

Afghanistan: Takeaways from the Kunduz OffensiveIPCS Commentary, No. 4918, 5 October 2015

What is the Afghan Taliban Up To?IPCS Commentary, No. 4894, 25 June 2015

What�s Brewing between Afghanistan and Pakistan?IPCS Commentary, No. 4885, 8 June 2015

What�s on Pakistan-based Militants� Minds?IPCS Commentary, No. 4863, 16 April 2015

Islamic State in Af-Pak: The �Wilayat Khurasan� ConundrumIPCS Commentary, No. 4847, 4 March 2015

IPCS Forecast: Islamic State in 2015IPCS Commentary, No. 4814, 19 January 2015

China and the Uyghur Issue: Can the New Silk Route Really Help?IPCS Commentary, No. 4774, 13 December 2014

China in Afghanistan: Is the Engagement Really a Win-Win?IPCS Commentary, No. 4751, 20 November 2014

Islamic State and Foreign Fighters: Jihadists from Central AsiaIPCS Commentary, No. 4715, 27 October 2014

Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Implications of Pakistan's Nuclear DevelopmentsIPCS Commentary, No. 4697, 16 October 2014

Afghanistan: The New President and a Joint Venture GovernmentIPCS Commentary, No. 4675, 25 September 2014

Al Qaeda in South Asia: The Terror World Championship BeginsIPCS Commentary, No. 4646, 7 September 2014

Islamic State and South Asia: How Real is the Threat?IPCS Commentary, No. 4625, 27 August 2014

The Islamic Caliphate and Sectarian Violence: Ramifications for PakistanIPCS Commentary, No. 4588, 31 July 2014

Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Understanding the Rise of Buddhist RadicalismIPCS Commentary, No. 4576, 24 July 2014

Pakistan: Potential Blowbacks of Operation Zarb-e-AzbIPCS Commentary, No. 4536, 30 June 2014

A New Foreign Policy Agenda for Modi: Look WestIPCS Commentary, No. 4506, 11 June 2014

Afghan Presidential Run-off: Things that MatterIPCS Commentary, No. 4480, 30 May 2014

Media in Pakistan: Divided They FallIPCS Commentary, No. 4434, 13 May 2014

Pakistan: A Different Agenda for Talibans Foot Soldiers?IPCS Commentary, No. 4412, 30 April 2014

Iran-Pakistan: Time for Realpolitik over Riyal PoliticsIPCS Commentary, No. 4391, 16 April 2014

Afghanistan 2014: Near-Term Political ProjectionsIPCS Commentary, No. 4354, 25 March 2014

Iran: Geostrategic Calculations vis--vis AfghanistanIPCS Commentary, No. 4327, 7 March 2014

Al-Qaeda-ISIL Split: The Good, the Bad, and the UglyIPCS Commentary, No. 4303, 11 February 2014

Myanmar: Why is the Clergy Angry?IPCS Commentary, No. 4279, 31 January 2014

"An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Afghanistan" IPCS Issue Brief 252, May 2014

"Al Qaeda Today: Transitions and Trajectories" IPCS Special Report 165, October 2014

"Afghanistan 2014: BSA, Internal Security, Taliban & Indian Strategy" IPCS Special Report 149, October 2014

  External Publications

The Competition for Peace in Afghanistan, The Diplomatist | Special Report: India-Afghanistan, 01 November 2017

An Approach for Afghanistan: Re-Calibrate, not Re-Invent the Wheel, South Asian Voices, 02 August 2017

Electoral Reforms in Afghanistan: Key Issues and Prospects, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs [Vol 41:2], Summer 2017

Hot Takes: China’s Belt and Road Forum, South Asian Voices, 17 May 2017

Afghanistan and its Evolving Regional Dynamics, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 29 March 2017

The Indus Waters Treaty Is Here to Stay, The Diplomat, 10 October 2016

The Indus Waters Treaty is Here to Stay, South Asian Voices, 7 October 2016

Afghanistan, Pakistan, India: Is a Paradigm Shift Possible?, South Asian Voices, 01 September 2016

NATO Summit 2016: Can the Afghan Declaration Bring Peace?, South Asian Voices, 26 July 2016

Tightening Borders: Islamabads Changing Strategy?, South Asian Voices, 21 July 2016

Repeat of the Familiar: United States, Pakistan, and F-16s, South Asian Voices, 26 February 2016

Love Thy Neighbour? Or Seasons Greetings?, South Asian Voices, 01 January 2016

The Pandora Box of Mullah Omar's Death, 'Dialogue' by Kings College London Politics Society, October 2015

India & Pakistan: A Tryst Forgotten?, South Asian Voices, 14 August 2015

India: Motivations for a 'Strategic Uranium Reserve' and Alternative Options, Sadda Haq, 10 August 2015

Terrorism and Youth in South Asia, Journal: 'Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs', July 2015

Modi in Tajikistan: Of Military Bases and Geostrategy, Sadda Haq, 15 July 2015

ISIS spreading into Afghanistan and Pakistan, CSIS head says, CBC Radio Canada, 16 March 2015

Aggressive Hindu Radicalism: Indias Achilles Heel, South Asian Voices, 16 December 2014

Af-Pak a frontline against IS goals, Asia Times, 17 November 2014

Attack on minorities: Tearing Pakistan's social fabric, South Asia Monitor, 9 November 2014

The fraught future of democracy in Sri Lanka, South Asia Monitor, 27 October 2014

The New Islamic Caliphate, Rising Kashmir, 15 July 2014

Afghanistan: All for one and one for all, Asia Times, 30 May 2014

“Afghanistan Election 2014: Near-Term Political Projections.” Fair Observer, 31 March 2014

Iran: Geostrategic Calculations Vis-A-Vis Afghanistan – Analysis’, Eurasia Review, March 2014

‘Myanmar: Why is the Clergy angry’, Fair Observer, March 2014

‘Al-Qaeda-ISIL Split: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Analysis’, Eurasia Review, February 2014

Myanmar: Why is the Clergy Angry? – Analysis’, Eurasia Review, February 2014

India-Sri Lanka: Time to build new bonds

Manila must mediate MILF-MNLF melee

Staying put in Afghanistan

Kabul Diary: Hope and Fissures (Fair Observer)

Kabul Diary: Discovering the Indian connection

Kabul Diary: The sustainability of the reintegration programme

Kabul Diary: Hope and fissures (Gateway House)

A Philippine lesson for India

Sexism: Culturally accepted, politically ignored

Tibet: Dousing the human rights fire

“India’s diplomacy is textual, not contextual”


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