Pratnashree basu is an Associate Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata, with the Strategic Studies and Maritime Initiative. She is a 2017 US Department of State IVLP Fellow and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in International Relations at Jadavpur University. She works on maritime geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific with a focus on the South China Sea. Her work explores the political and functional dimensions of a rules-based maritime order and maritime law and governance. Prior to this she has contributed to the project on ‘India’s Maritime Connectivity’ and has worked on the project - ‘Proximity to Connectivity: India and its Eastern and Southeastern Neighbours.’ She has also been Associate Editor and Coordinator of the South China Sea Monitor, China Weekly and South Asia Weekly — ORF’s bulletins collating the key issues and developments in these regions.
Her recently published work includes - In Deep Water: Current Threats to the Marine Ecology of the South China Sea; Signaling policy continuity: US declassifies files on Indo-Pacific; The Eastern Corridor and the Law of the Sea: Ensuring Sea-Lane Security; The rising prominence of Vietnam for the Indo-Pacific; and Stemming the tide: Towards a concerted South China Sea strategy.
- Maritime Geopolitics: Indo-Pacific & South China Sea
- Associate Fellow, Strategic Studies Initiative, ORF
- Doctoral student at the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University.
- Fellow, Comprehensive Maritime Security Cooperation (2021), Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies
- US Department of State IVLP Fellow (2017) on Trade and Connectivity
- Guest Lecturer, Gurudas College, University of Calcutta
- Volunteer with the American Library, Kolkata
- Research Assistant in a study involving women's human rights cases under Dr. Tamara Relis at The London School of Economics and Political Science and also Columbia University Law School.
- MPhil, International Relations, Jadavpur University