Our Team (Members, Authors and Associates)
Animesh Roul is the Executive Director of Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict. He is involved with independent think tanks, media houses, and policy organizations in India and abroad. He holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has a master's degree in Modern Indian History and specializes in counterterrorism, radical Islam, terror financing, armed conflict and issues relating to arms control and proliferation in South Asia. He has written extensively on these subject areas in journals, policy magazines, and the press, including Terrorism Monitor, the CTC Sentinel, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Militant Leadership Monitor, ISN Security Watch, Non Proliferation Review, NBR Analysis and CBW Magazine, among others. Recently he coauthored a book on the India’s indigenous terror group (‘Indian Mujahideen: Computational Analysis and Public Policy, Springer, New York, 2013).
His views appeared in the Rediff.com, Economics Times, the Hindu, International Business Times, among others. He also edits ‘South Asia Conflict Monitor’ (SACM), a monthly online bulletin on armed conflicts and terrorist violence in South Asia. Roul is the recipient of MacArthur Foundation’s Asia Security Initiative Blogger award for 2009 and 2010, and Presently he blogs at the Terror Finance Blog. He also blogged frequently at the Counterterrorism Foundation’s blog on South Asian terrorism issues between 2006-2011. In his earlier stint he worked as a Research Associate at New Delhi based Institute for Conflict Management. He is responsible for setting research agenda, commissioning papers, and overall management of website and print publications, coordinating with SSPC network of Scholars/journalists, fundraising and overall promotion of SSPC research activities.
Vijay Sakhuja (Ph.D.) is one of the founding members and President of Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict. Dr. Sakhuja is former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. He is now Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, and Visiting Senior Fellow, Maritime Security Programme of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr Sakhuja has been on the research faculty of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore; Director (Research), Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA); Senior Fellow, Centre for Airpower Studies (CAPS) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF); Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and United Service Institution of India (USI). Dr. Sakhuja received MPhil and PhD degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He has published over 40 books, edited volumes and monograph on international relations, Indo-Pacific geopolitics, Southeast Asia and South Asian security, maritime security, maritime history, the Arctic and Blue Economy. His current research focus is maritime connectivity and infrastructure, and disruptive and neo-digital technologies. He is author of ‘Asian Maritime Power in the 21st Century: Strategic Transactions - China, India, Southeast Asia’; ‘Confidence Building from the Sea: An Indian Initiative’; co-author of ‘Climate Change and the Bay of Bengal: Evolving Geographies of Fear and Hope’; His recent academic works are Asia and the Arctic: Narratives, Perspectives and Policies (2016), Perspectives on Blue Economy (2017), The Blue Economy: Concept, Constituents and Development (2017), and South Asia Defence & Strategic Perspective (2018). He is member of the international editorial board of Journal of Indian Ocean Region (Taylor & Francis).
Deba R MOHANTY
Deba R Mohanty is one of the founding members and Vice President of Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict. He also presently heads Indicia research and advisory, a New Delhi based defence research firm. His areas of research interests include arms trade, military industry, higher military management, national security, international security and foreign policy. A prominent commentator of international security in India, he has over 17 years of professional experience in security affairs. He holds an M Phil Degree in Disarmament Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was a Senior Fellow at Observer Research Foundation (2006 – 2012); Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (1997 – 2006); British Chevening Research Fellow at King’s College London (1995 – 1997). He has been a Ford Foundation Visiting Fellow at Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC: 2002-03); Senior Visiting Fellow at Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford (2005); Senior Visiting Fellow at European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS: 2009). Mohanty has lectured extensively on Indian security affairs in India and abroad. With more than thirty research papers in national and international journals to his credit, he has also been a columnist for Military Technology (Germany) and Financial Express (India) for many years. His widely acclaimed book “Arming the Indian Arsenal” was published by Rupa publishers in 2009.
Avilash Roul (Ph.D) is presently a Senior Project Officer Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), IIT (Chennai) Tamil Nadu, India. Dr Roul has been involved in development and environment discourse in Asia. Leading several policy developments in intergovernmental as well as national institutions from Civil society perspectives. He worked as executive director of Manila based “NGO Forum on ADB” from March 2010 to May 2012. Prior to that, he served in the NGO Forum as Capacity Development Coordinator. He has undertaken extensive travel across Asia to work closely with civil societies to better understand the interface of environmental governance and developmental conflict. Earlier, he worked with Down to Earth (magazine published fortnightly from the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi, India) and worked as the Assistant South Asia Regional Coordinator for Washington based Bank Information Center (BIC). Avilash received his doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University on the subject of ‘Negotiating Water Security in South Asia’. His interest areas includes environmental negotiations, climate change, international water conflict and management, wildlife conservation, energy and mining, forest and conflict, indigenous peoples, democratization of development decision making process in South Asia, Central Asia and Mekong region. He has been writing, advocating, researching and creating knowledge and campaigning on Environment and Development since 2000. He has contributed articles and research papers in the New Sunday Express, Down to Earth and EcoWorld. He has been associated with the Society for Study in Peace and Conflict since its inception.
S S Tabraz is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences at IIT Madras. He had a stint as lecturer in Pondicherry University, after completing Doctoral programme from the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has written for Islam and the Modern Age, Economic & Political Weekly and Peace & Conflict Monitor (PCM). He has been associated with the Society for Study in Peace and Conflict since its inception.
Ajey Viswanath LELE
Ajey V. Lele (Ph. D) is presently working as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He specializes on issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) with focus on Chemical and Biological Weapons, Space and Strategic Technologies. He has authored and edited several books including “Bio-Weapons: The Genie in the Bottle,” (Lancers, 2006), ‘Strategic Technologies for the Military’ (Sage, 2009) and “Asian Space Race: Rhetoric or Reality?” (Springer, 2012). He is a recipient of K. Subrahmanyam Award (2013) which is conferred for outstanding contributions in the area of strategic and security studies. He has written for Strategic Analysis, Indian Defence Review, Space Policy and Astropolitics. He is also, the Executive Editor of the journal CBW Magazine. He has been associated with the Society for Study in Peace and Conflict since its inception.
Nihar Nayak is presently working as Associate Fellow in Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Before joining the IDSA, he worked as Research Associate at the Institute for Conflict Management, New Delhi. He earned his Ph.D and M.Phil degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and Post Graduation from Delhi University (New Delhi). He has been associated with Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict since its inception. His area of expertise is Nepal, Maoist/Left wing extremism in South Asia, small Arms, conflict management and peace building and cooperative security in South Asia. Dr Nayak has been writing and publishing in both national and international journals. His latest edited work is “Cooperative Security Framework for South Asia”, IDSA/Pentagon Security International, New Delhi, 2013. He is also author of “Strategic Himalayas: Republican Nepal and External Powers,” IDSA/Pentagon Security International, New Delhi (Forthcoming). He has been associated with the Society for Study in Peace and Conflict since its inception.
Akanshya Shah is a Senior Nepali Journalist with more than ten years of research and reportage experience. She has been associated with New Delhi based public policy think-tank Observer Research Foundation. Her research interests are Nepalese Politics & Foreign Policy issues and India China relations. Shah has also been actively associated with Nepalese print and web media such as Republica, Nagarik, Newsfront, Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post, among others. She has been associated with SSPC as consulting editor.
Samar SJB Rana
Samar SJB Rana is a Graduate in Political Science from Hindu College, Delhi University. He previously worked with Samriddhi Foundation (Non-profit think tank) and Lead International, both organization based in Nepal. Samar just completed a three-week summer course at the University of Hong Kong on Political Economy in July 2019.
At the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, Samar is associated as research intern (September –November 2019) and he aims to produce briefs on the Maoist Insurgency, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) as well as on the bilateral relationship between India and Nepal.