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Panchali Saikia is presently a research officer at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. She completed her Masters in Political Science and International Relations from University of Delhi and two years Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi. Her primary areas of research interest include the Security and Strategic aspects in Southeast Asia, transboundary water Management in the region and improving the process of water governance between India-Southeast Asia. She is also working on Maritime disputes between India-Bangladesh-Myanmar.

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Panchali Saikia
Research Officer

Issue Briefs:

Connecting South Asia: Experimenting with the Greater Mekong Sub-Regional Model

Linking India’s Northeast with Southeast Asia: Significance of Internal Connectivity & Backward Integration

Polarised ASEAN: Highlighting the Factions

Myanmarese Refugees in Thailand: Implications of Suu Kyi’s Visit

Bangladesh on the Tipaimukh Dam: A Print Media Analysis

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit: Opportunities for the New Decade

Myanmar: Rohingya Refugees and Thailand’s ‘Push-Back’

Thailand: Tribulations of Migrant workers

Impediments to Yingluck’s New Approach for Southern Thailand

Thailand’s Repatriation of Myanmarese Refugees: Limited Options

Indonesia as ASEAN Chair: What Priorities?

South China Sea Disputes: Flawed Negotiations

The Mekong Sub-Region: Emerging Challenges And New Dynamics

China's Longjiang Dam: Concerns for Myanmar

Myanmar Elections 2010 - III: ASEAN's Ambivalence

Manmohan Singh in Southeast Asia

Terrorism in Philippines: Combine Hard and Soft Options

India: Soft, Hard or Sneaky?

Medha Chaturvedi and Panchali Saikia summarize an IPCS in-house discussion on India's identity as a soft or a hard state

Outside Publications:

"20th summit goes off on a tangent," The Financial World, 5 April 2012

"Separating Fact from Fiction,"(co-authored) The Assam Tribune, 4 February 2012

"The Thai-Cambodian Border Dispute: From Friction to Fire," Mainstream, 25 June 2011


  External Publications

20th summit goes off on a tangent, The Financial World, 5 April 2012


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