Shanthie Mariet D’Souza (Founder & President)
Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is a scholar, researcher, analyst, writer, editor, consultant, adviser and subject matter expert with specialisation in International Relations (IR) and more than a decade long field experience in Afghanistan and Asia. She is Member of Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa, Editorial board member of Small Wars & Insurgencies ( Routledge, Associate editor for the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs ( Sage), Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) 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, Non State Armed Groups and Illicit Networks; Transnational threats, organized crime and counter-terror financing; Political and conflict economy; Women, peace and conflict; Prospects for long term stabilisation of Afghanistan; State and Peace building in fragile states; Security Sector Reform; Non-traditional security threats in South Asia; Post conflict stabilization; Strategic Communications; Identity Politics in Asia; Conflict Resolution; Regionalism and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South and South East Asia. Dr. D’Souza has conducted field research in Afghanistan, China, Africa, Canada, United States, Jammu and Kashmir and India’s North East.
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 Murdoch University, Perth, Australia ( 2017); Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), 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 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 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), vol.28, no. 1, February 2017. She has contributed chapters to edited books, journal articles, encyclopedias, yearbooks and regional surveys and op-eds in the media on issues relating to security, political parties, political leaders, governance and developments in Afghanistan, India, South Asia, West Asia, Africa, China and South East Asia. Most of her publications are based on her field research findings and firsthand experience in conflict zones.
She can be reached at email@example.com and she tweets @shanmariet
Bibhu Prasad Routray (Director)
Dr. 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.
Current Project Interns
Seetha Lakshmi Dinesh Iyer
Seetha Lakshmi is currently pursuing her post graduation 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. Seetha has interned at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute Of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru (May- June 2017) and was a reporter and editorial trainee with the New Indian Express, Chennai (May- June 2014). During 2015-17, she was a freelance sub editor / proof reader with the Oxford University Press (OUP-India). At Mantraya.org, Seetha is associated with the ‘Borderlands’ project. (With Mantraya since 21 May 2018)
Sayantan is currently 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 Mantraya.org, Sayantan is associated with the ‘Regional Economic Cooperation and Connectivity in South Asia’ project. (With Mantraya since 12 March 2018)
Former 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 Mantraya.org, Kai is associated with the ‘Borderlands’ project.
Kai’s published articles in Mantraya:
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 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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