Vindu Mai Chotani

Visiting Associate

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Vindu Mai Chotani is a Visiting Associate at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Her research focus is on Japanese foreign policy, with particular emphasis on Japan’s growing economic, connectivity and security ties in South Asia and the Bay of Bengal region. Vindu also tracks great power relations, and the security architecture in Asia-Pacific.

Vindu is currently a research student at the University of Tokyo where she is a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholar. Her articles and papers have been published in the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, The Diplomat, The Pioneer, among others. Tracking Japan’s growing presence and changing role in South Asia, Vidu wrote a paper titled, Japan and India: Reconnecting in the Bay of Bengal.

Vindu’s most recent paper has been published in Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia-Pacific, Evolving Interests and Strategies, an Asian Security Studies book series by Routledge.


  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • Indian Foreign Policy
  • Japan-India Relations
  • Economic and strategic competition in the Bay of Bengal
  • Security architecture in the Asia Pacific

Current Position(s)

Research student, Tokyo University, Japan

Past Position(s)

Junior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation


  • Research Student, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • MSc in international relations, University of Bristol
  • BA in political science, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

Language Fluency

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Japanese