ISSSP Alumni


Manabrata Guha

Dr. Manabrata Guha is currently Prize (Research) Fellow in Security Futures at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath, UK. He was formerly Assistant Professor International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, NIAS between 1st December 2009 – 30 September 2012. His research interests include the philosophy of war, the history and evolution of military theory, and future warfare “concepts” of operations. His current work includes the re-theorization of war and combat based on countertactical and counter-strategic concepts of operations.


Nabeel Mancheri

nabeel new photoDr Nabeel Mancheri is currently Marie Curie Fellow at Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands. He was an Assistant Professor at ISSSP, NIAS between 15th November 2010 and 30th September 2013. He is an economist by training with specialization in international trade, international finance and banking, environmental economics and India’s economic relations with East Asia and Australia. Dr. Mancheri’s research interests are in international political economy, economic and trade policies, energy and natural resource management, Chinese and Japanese economies. 


Aditi Malhotra

Picture-Aditi MalhotraMs. Aditi Malhotra is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Munster, Germany. She was Research Associate in ISSSP, NIAS Prior to joining NIAS, Aditi was an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi. She was also the Editor of Scholar Warrior, a bi-annual Journal published by CLAWS. Aditi holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her areas of interest include South Asian Security Issues, Nuclear Proliferation and Security and Changing Trends in Conflict. 


Sadhavi Chauhan

SadhaviSadhavi Chauhan is currently Development Associate at Asia Society, Houston. She was Senior Research Fellow in the ISSSP at NIAS between February 2014 to February 2015. Prior to joining ISSSP, she was an Associate Fellow in the Strategic Studies Department of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. She has completed her MSc in international Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her dissertation was on ‘The role of geopolitics on a country’s Foreign Policy: A case study of India’. In the past she has worked for Blackwell Strategic, CNN-IBN and the Indian Express. Her areas of interest include the South China Sea Dispute, Conflict Resolution, and the Politics of International Law.


Ramya PS

ramyaMs. Ramya P. S is currently enrolled in the M.Phil/Ph.D programme at the Department of International Relations at the South Asian University, New Delhi. She was a Junior Research Fellow in the ISSSP at NIAS between July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015. Ramya completed her MA in International Relations and Geopolitics from Manipal University, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations. Her dissertation focussed on ‘Decision Making in Pakistan: Challenges to Consensus Building in Different Regimes’. Previously, she interned at NIAS, CNN-IBN, and Deccan Chronicle. Ramya was also a freelance reporter for the Hindu. Her areas of interest include South Asia with specific focus on Pakistan, civil-military relationship and theoretical & conceptual frameworks of International Relations.


Viswesh R

Viswesh R was a Research Associate in the ISSSP at NIAS. He obtained a Masters degree in Physics from St Joseph’s College Bangalore. Prior to joining as a Research Associate, he was an intern at NIAS where he worked on a project involving ‘China’s Supercomputing capabilities’. His research interests include Nuclear Proliferation and Science and Technology related security.


Suparna Banerjee

SuparnaSuparna Banerjee was Senior Research Fellow in the ISSSP at NIAS, Bangalore. She pursued her M.Phil from Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta. Her dissertation was titled, “Interpreting State Policies towards Maoism: Legacy of conflict resolution in the subcontinent.”

Before joining NIAS, Suparna was an intern with the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). Her areas of interest include peace and conflict studies, conflict management, conflict resolution, internal conflicts and insurgency.


Pranshu Basaniwal

Pranshu Basaniwal was Research Assistant in the ISSSP at NIAS. She pursued her B.E from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore. Pranshu’s dissertation was titled, “Design and Development of fixed wing VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” Her areas of interest include Aerodynamics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Control Systems.


Chidambaran Iyer

Dr Chidambaram Iyer was formerly Assistant Professor at ISSSP, NIAS. His research interests cover policy oriented issues in Industrial Economics. He has worked on a Computable General Equilibrium model for the Indian Economy for a Planning Commission Project. In a project with Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited, he has also worked in the construction of Infrastructure index for India. At NIAS he has worked on projects on MGNREGS, JnNURM, and was the principal investigator for District Human Development Report of Bengaluru Urban District. His current research interests are Technology, Technological Change and Innovation.


Arun Vishwanathan

Dr Arun Viswanathan is currently Assistant Professor at Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Pune. He was Assistant Professor at ISSSP, NIAS between 03rd October 2011 and 16 December 2016. Prior to joining NIAS, he held the position of Assistant Director in the National Security Council Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India between 2008 and 2011. Before his tenure in the government, he was Associate Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society, IDSA Campus, New Delhi for three years (2005 to 2008).


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