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Shanthie Mariet D’Souza (President & Founder)

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Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is researcher, analyst, writer, editor, consultant and subject matter expert with specialisation in International Relations (IR), Afghanistan and South Asia. Dr. D’Souza is Associate Editor, Journal of Asian Security & International Affairs (Sage Publications); Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) at the Middle East Institute, Washington DC; Senior Analyst, South Asia desk, Wikistrat Analytic Community, New York; Advisor, Independent Conflict Research & Analysis (ICRA), London. She has previously been Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore, Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi; Visiting Research Associate  and Fulbright Fellow at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC; Research Associate at Database & Documentation Centre of the Institute for Conflict Management, Guwahati, Assam and Editorial Assistant at the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi.
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Dr D’Souza’s research interests and expertise include Transition and Issues in Long term Stabilisation of Afghanistan; Politics of Aid, Development, Gender and Security; State and Peace building in fragile states; Security Sector Reform; Insurgencies and terrorism; Post conflict Reconstruction, Governance and Institution building; Countering Violent Extremism; Strategic Communications; India’s foreign, aid and security policy and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South and South East Asia. She has conducted field studies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Tanzania, Jammu and Kashmir and India’s North East. As Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and External Reviewer for the country programme of Action Aid International, Afghanistan, she has carried out field analysis in various provinces of Afghanistan.  She has been an International Election Observer for the audit and recount of Afghanistan’s Presidential Runoff elections, August-September 2014. Dr. D’Souza has presented papers at various academic and policy forums and has numerous publications to her credit. Among her most recent published work is an edited book titled Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, co-edited books, Perspectives on South Asian Security (2012) and Saving Afghanistan (2009).
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Bibhu Prasad Routray (Director)

BibhuDr. Bibhu Prasad Routray served as a Deputy Director in the National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India and Director of the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM)’s Database & Documentation Centre, Guwahati, Assam. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the South Asia programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore between 2010 and 2012.

Routray specialises in decision-making, governance, counter-terrorism, force modernisation, intelligence reforms, foreign policy and dissent articulation issues in South and South East Asia. His writings, based on his projects and extensive field based research in Indian conflict theatres of the Northeastern states and the left-wing extremism affected areas, have appeared in a wide range of academic as well policy journals, websites and magazines.

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Project Interns


Current Project Interns

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Boh Ze Kai

Kai is pursuing his undergraduate degree in History & Politics from Jesus College, Oxford University. His areas of interest include conflict analysis and resolution, geopolitical strategy and diplomacy in South Asia and the world. He has interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore and the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore. At Mantraya.org, Kai is associated with the ‘Borderlands’ project.

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Kai’s published articles in Mantraya:

Road to the Dragon: Overcoming Challenges to the Wakhan Corridor 

Narco Diplomacy: Foreign Policy of the United Wa State Army 

One Belt, One Road, One Singapore

Why Kazakhstan learns from Singapore?

Trump Presidency: How would it impact Singapore?

 Abhishek Chapanerkar

Abhishek Chapanerkar has completed his Master’s in Production (Manufacturing and Automation) Engineering, Master’s in Sociology, and a certificate course in Arabic Language. Prior to that he completed Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in American Studies. He was a Research Intern at New Delhi based Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS). His research and analysis focuses on foreign affairs analysis, international security and transnational crime. He is fluent in English, French, Arabic, Marathi and Hindi. At Mantraya, Abhishek is a Project Intern under the project ‘Mapping Terror and Insurgent Networks’. (With Mantraya since 1 April 2016).

Adarsh Vijay

Adarsh Vijay is a Political Science Master’s student in Madras Christian College, Chennai. He has been a Research Intern with the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore (May 2016 – June 2016). Adarsh is interning with Mantraya’s ‘Mapping Terror and Insurgent Networks’ project. (With Mantraya since 1 May 2017).

 

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For details of Mantraya.org’s E-Internship programme and application procedure, click HERE.