Premesha Saha

Junior Fellow

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Premesha Saha is a Junior Fellow working with the Maritime Policy Initiative. Her areas of research include maritime issues in the Southeast Asian region and the wider Indo-Pacific region, maritime infrastructure, emerging dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region.

Premesha also tracks Indonesia’s maritime strategy, India-Indonesia relations in the Indo-Pacific, big powers in the Indo-Pacific, India and Southeast Asia, Act East Policy, and Asia-Pacific multilateralism.

Premesha’s MPhil dissertation is titled — The Scarborough Shoal dispute as a factor in the Philippines-United States relations, 1995-2012. She has a published chapter — ‘The genesis of the Scarborough Shoal dispute between the Philippines and China’ — in the book, India’s Look East to Act East Policy: Re-examining the emerging issues and partnerships in Indo-Pacific [Prof. Manmohini Kaul and Dr. Anushree Chakraborty (eds.), New Delhi: Pentagon Press].

Her PhD thesis is titled, Indonesia’s Maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals like Maritime Affairs, The Indonesia Quarterly and The Jakarta Post. Premesha was among the few Indian researchers selected as a Darmasiswa Scholar of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture at Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya.


  • Indo-Pacific Region
  • Southeast Asia

Past Position(s)

  • Research Associate, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Lemabaga Ilmu Pengetahuan (LIPI), Indonesia


  • PhD (ongoing), Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • MPhil, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • MA International Relations, Jadavpur University
  • BA Political Science, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata

Language Fluency

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Bengali
  • Bahasa