Strategic Studies

Focus on geopolitics, insights and policy solutions to extant security challenges with an emphasis on India. The programme covers a broad area of research, including area studies.

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India’s “undersea wall” in the eastern Indian Ocean

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The Future of Nuclear Energy in India

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Abhijit Singh

Head, Maritime Policy Initiative

A former naval officer, Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow, heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at ORF. A maritime professional with specialist and command experience in front-line Indian naval ships, he has been involved >>

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury


Anasua Basu, PhD, is a Fellow with ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. She specialises in South Asia, energy politics, forced migration and women in conflict situations in South Asia. >>

Arka Biswas

Associate Fellow

Arka is currently pursuing projects on India’s nuclear weapons policy and doctrine, and India's membership to the export control groups. His research areas include nuclear weapons policy, non-proliferation, disarmament and security. >>

Ashok Malik

Distinguished Fellow

Ashok Malik is a Distinguished Fellow, and Head of ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. His work focuses on Indian domestic politics and foreign/trade policy, and their increasing interplay, as well as on >>

H. H. S. Viswanathan

Distinguished Fellow

Earlier, he was a member of the Indian Foreign Service for 34 years. He has a long and diverse experience in International relations and Diplomacy. His foreign assignments include Belgium, Zaire, Czechoslovakia, >>

Joyeeta Bhattacharjee


Joyeeta Bhattacharjee is a Fellow with ORF's Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative. She specialises in India’s neighbourhood policy, especially the eastern arch; Bangladesh’s domestic politics and foreign policy; border management; conflict and conflict >>

K. V. Kesavan

Distinguished Fellow

K.V. Kesavan is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF. He is one of the leading Indian scholars in the field of Japanese Studies and obtained his doctoral degree from the Indian School of >>

K. Yhome


K. Yhome is a Research Fellow with ORF's Neigbhourhood Regional Studies Initiative. His research interests include India’s regional diplomacy, regional and sub-regionalism in South and Southeast Asia, the Bay of Bengal region >>

Kanchi Gupta

Associate Fellow

Kanchi Gupta is an Associate Fellow with the West Asia Regional Studies Initiative at ORF, New Delhi. Her research focuses on India's West Asia policy, and the political and security dynamics in >>

Kriti M. Shah

Research Assistant

Kriti Shah is a Research Assistant with ORF. Her research focuses on Afghanistan and Pakistan's foreign and domestic policy, their relationship with each other, the United States and the Taliban. Her other >>

N. Sathiya Moorthy

Senior Fellow and Director, ORF Chennai

A double-graduate in Physics and Law, and with a journalism background, N. Sathiya Moorthy is at present Senior Fellow & Director of the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation. >>

Nandan Unnikrishnan

Vice President & Senior Fellow

Nandan Unnikrishnan is a Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He joined ORF in 2004. He looks after the Eurasia Programme of Studies. An alumnus of >>

P. K. Ghosh

Senior Fellow

Dr. P K Ghosh retired from the Indian Navy after 27 years of commissioned service. A graduate from the National Defence Academy, he has done his post graduation work in Political Science >>

Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty

Distinguished Fellow

Pinak Chakravarty is a Distinguished Fellow with ORF's Regional Studies Initiative, where he oversees the West Asia Initiative, Bangladesh and selected ASEAN-related issues. He joined the ORF in October 2014. >>

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Senior Fellow and Head, Nuclear & Space Policy Initiative.

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. Dr. Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year stint >>

Rakesh Sood

Distinguished Fellow

Ambassador Rakesh Sood is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF. He has over 38 years of experience in the field of foreign affairs, economic diplomacy and international security issues. >>

Rakhahari Chatterji


Professor in Political Science, Calcutta University (Retired 2008). Formerly Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University; Visiting Fellow in Political Science and Associate, Committee on South Asian Studies, University of Chicago; Visiting Fellow >>

Sabah Ishtiaq

Junior Fellow

Prior to this, Sabah was working under the South Asia Programme at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). She has worked on projects commissioned by the World Bank and Asia Foundation. She >>

Sylvia Mishra

Junior Fellow

Sylvia Mishra is working for the ORF Strategic Studies US Initiative. She tracks India's foreign and defence policies, India-US relations as well as US policy in the Asia-Pacific. Sylvia’s research projects focus >>

Vidya Sagar Reddy Avuthu

Research Assistant

Vidya Sagar Reddy is a Research Assistant with ORF's Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative. His research interests are technological capabilities of major space-faring nations, civilian and military applications of space assets, human >>

Vindu Mai Chotani

Junior Fellow

Vindu Mai Chotani holds a BA in Political Science from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol, England. >>