Shanthie Mariet D’Souza (Founder & President)


Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is a Member of Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa, Recognised teacher to guide Doctoral candidates in Defence and Strategic Studies by Mumbai University; Member of Board of Directors, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo; Editorial board member of Small Wars & Insurgencies (Routledge: UK),  Associate editor for the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (Sage), Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project at the Middle East Institute, Washington D.C., Senior analyst for the South Asia desk with the Wikistrat Analytic Community, and Adviser for Independent Conflict Research and Analysis in London.  Her research interests and expertise include:  Countering terrorism, insurgencies and violent extremism; Asymmetric and emerging security threats; Armed conflicts, organized crime and counter-terror financing; Women, peace and conflict; Prospects for long term stabilisation of Afghanistan; State and Peace building in fragile states; Security Sector Reform; Sub-national governance and downward accountability; International interventions, Aid delivery and Post conflict stabilization; Non-traditional security threats in Asia; Conflict Resolution; Organizational restructuring, public-private partnerships, Strategic Communications; Identity Politics in Asia; India’s foreign, aid, maritime and security policy; Regionalism, Regional organisations and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South and South East Asia.

As Adviser, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2015-16); International Election Observer for the audit and recount of Afghanistan’s Presidential Runoff elections (August-September, 2014); Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service (2013), Kabul and External Reviewer for the country programme of Action Aid International, Afghanistan (2011), she has worked with governmental and non-governmental sectors for more than a decade and conducted field based studies in various provinces of Afghanistan.  Dr. D’Souza has previously been Visiting Research Associate at the School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2017); Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies , National University of Singapore (2010-14); Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi ( 2006-10); Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Research associate at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC (2005-06). Dr. D’Souza has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Africa, Canada, United States, Jammu and Kashmir and India’s North East. Most of her publications are based on her field research findings and firsthand experience in conflict zones.

Among her most recent published work is an edited book titled Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, co-edited books, Perspectives on South Asian Security and Saving Afghanistan. She has guest edited a special issue on “Countering insurgencies and violent extremism in South Asia” in Small Wars & Insurgencies (UK: Routledge), February 2017. She has contributed chapters to edited books, journal articles, encyclopedias, yearbooks and regional surveys and op-eds in the media. She has published in international peer reviewed journals including Small Wars & Insurgencies (UK: Routledge), Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (Sage), The Journal of South Asian Development (Sage), South Asian Survey (Sage), Contemporary South Asia (London: Routledge),  Strategic Analysis (Routledge), Journal of Defence Studies, Journal of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, Combating Terrorism Exchange (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA), Small Wars Journal, (Small Wars Foundation, Bethesda, USA),  Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, (Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University: Washington DC), The Journal of International Security Affairs, No. 20, (Washington DC), Welt Trends: Journal for International Politics and Comparative Studies(Germany: University of Potsdam),  and others. Her work on Afghanistan and India have been published in The Europa Regional Surveys of the World, Europa World, (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge) and Encyclopedia Britannica. She is the editor of a book titled “Countering insurgencies and violent extremism in South and South East Asia”, (Routledge: UK), to be published in January 2019.

Dr D’Souza has been interviewed by various media outlets and her opinion pieces have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Strait Times (Singapore), The Hindu (India), Indian Express, The Business Times (Singapore), Business Standard (India), Forbes (IBN Live), The New Statesman (UK), NATO Watch, Fergana (Russia), Huffington Post, Rediff, The Star (Malaysia), The Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran), Bloomberg, Eurasia Review, Open Democracy ( London), World Affairs Journal (Washington, D.C),  Strategic Perspectives (RCSS, Colombo),  Control Risks/South Asia (London), Afghan Zariza (Kabul), Anadolu Agency (Ankara), South Asia Journal, Al-Arabiya (Dubai), Dainik Jagran (New Delhi), Daily News& Analysis ( Mumbai), The Pioneer (Delhi).

She can be reached at

She tweets @shanmariet

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Bibhu Prasad Routray (Director)

BibhuDr. Bibhu Prasad Routray held the position of Visiting Professor and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) chair, India Studies at Murdoch University, Perth between July-December 2017. He 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 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 as policy journals, websites, and magazines.

He can be reached at and

He tweets @BibhuRoutray


Project Interns

Current Project Interns


Divya Godbole

Divya is currently pursuing honours degree in Sociology with a minor in History from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi. Her interests primarily lie in Development Studies, Human Rights, and International Relations with a special focus on East Asia. She was able to explore the latter closely during her time at LSE’s Summer School. She has also previously interned with Feminism in India and White Panda. At Mantraya, Divya is associated with the ‘Regional Economic Cooperation and Connectivity in Asia’ Project. (With Mantraya since 15 January 2019)


Pallavi Banerjee


Pallavi is pursuing her Master’s degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her areas of interest include International Trade and Development. Previously she has interned at the Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD), Kolkata where she was a part of the project  ‘Myanmar: Opportunities and Risks for Indian Businesses’. Apart from her curriculum based dissertation she has also worked on a primary survey regarding the cashless modes of distribution in Kolkata. At Mantraya, Pallavi is associated with the ‘Regional Economic Cooperation and Connectivity in Asia’ Project.  (With Mantraya since 02 January 2019)

Safa Rahim


Safa is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include study of Political Economy, Development Studies, and International Affairs of the Asian continent. She has previously done certification courses from LSE, World Humanitarian Summit and UNFCCC. She has interned at Pratham and UNW.  At Mantraya, Safa is associated with the ‘Regional Economic Cooperation and Connectivity in South Asia’ Project. (With Mantraya since 10 September 2018)

Rhea Maheshwari


Rhea is pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She has previously done a short term course with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her areas of interest are Development Studies and Peace & Conflict studies. She has worked with  organizations like ASMAT, SheSays, ActionAid, and SAVE. Currently she is working with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). At Mantraya, Rhea is associated with the ‘Women in Peace and Security’ project.  (With Mantraya since 21 June 2018)

Tanvi Gupta


Tanvi is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include peace making and conflict resolution; and regional and strategic studies. She has previously Interned at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), BRICS International Forum, and SheSays. At Mantraya, Tanvi is associated with the ‘Mapping Terror and Insurgent Networks’ Project. (With Mantraya since 12 June 2018)




Past Project Interns 

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, Kai is associated with the ‘Borderlands’ project.





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 was a Project Intern under the project ‘Mapping Terror and Insurgent Networks’. (Internship Tenure: 1 April 2016- 1 March 2017).

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 interned with Mantraya’s ‘Mapping Terror and Insurgent Networks’ project. (Internship Tenure: 1 May-31 December 2017).



Sayantan Haldar


030048b8Sayantan is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Presidency University, Kolkata. His areas of interest include politics of South Asia, China, Indian Foreign Policy and Peace & Conflict studies. He has interned at the Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD), where he was engaged in looking at India’s strategic response to China’s emergent Belt and Road Initiative. At, Sayantan was associated with the ‘Regional Economic Cooperation and Connectivity in South Asia’ project. (Internship tenure: 12 March- 12 June 2018)


Haya Wakil


Haya is pursuing History honours with minor in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest are Politics of Middle East, Gender, Human Rights, and Peace and conflict studies. At Mantrya, Haya was associated with ‘Women in Peace & Security’ project. (Internship Tenure: 4 June- 20 August 2018)

Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer


Seetha Lakshmi is a post-graduation student in Political Science at the Madras Christian College, Chennai. She has a bachelor degree in Journalism and Media studies from MOP Vaishnav College for Women, University of Madras. At Mantraya, Seetha is associated with the ‘Borderlands’ project. (Internship Tenure: 21 May- 20 July 2018)




 Prabhnoor Kohli


Prabhnoor is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include International Relations and Foreign Policy as well as Human Rights and Refugee Crisis. She has previously interned with the Brookings Institution, Delhi in their Communications and Development Department and ASMAT, in Sirsa, Haryana. At Mantraya, Prabhnoor is associated with the ‘Islamic State in South Asia’ Project. (Internship tenure: 14-20 December 2018)


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