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Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Chair in Public Policy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Chair in Public Policy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA; founder & president, Mantraya; visiting faculty and member of research & advisory committee at the Naval War College, Goa; non-resident scholar, Middle East Institute, Washington D.C.; research fellow at WeltTrends-Institut für internationale Politik, Potsdam, Germany; international advisor, Nordic Counter Terrorism Network, Helsinki, Finland; member, Board of Studies, School of International & Area Studies, Goa University; editorial board member of Small Wars & Insurgencies (Routledge: UK); adviser for Independent Conflict Research and Analysis, London, and senior analyst at Wikistrat.

Dr D’Souza has been a founding professor, Kautilya School of Public Policy, Hyderabad (2021-2022); board director at Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo (2018-22); visiting research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin (2022); 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). She has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Africa, Australia, 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,( 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’s research interests and expertise include: Countering terrorism, insurgencies and violent extremism; politics of aid, development, gender and security in Afghanistan; women, peace and conflict studies; state and peace building in fragile states; security sector reform; international interventions, aid delivery and post-conflict stabilization; prospects for long term stabilization of Afghanistan; non-traditional security threats and crisis response in Asia; climate change, global public health and public policy; India’s foreign, maritime and security policy; great power competition, emerging powers and the Indo-Pacific.

Among her most recent published work are edited books titled Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and South East Asia (Cass Military Studies, Routledge: UK), 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 in international peer reviewed journals, encyclopedias, yearbooks and regional surveys and op-eds in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The Strait Times, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, The Hindu, Indian Express, Business Standard and others. She has been invited to speak at various international and national forums on key security, political and geopolitical trends in Asia.

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Posts by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
February 24, 2024

A Reality Check on Afghanistan’s Isolation Under the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Beneath the U.N. secretary general’s claims of consensus in Doha, a clear division is visible among countries regarding whether and how to do business with the Taliban.

February 10, 2024

Afghanistan’s Climate Crisis: Addressing Drivers of Conflict

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Helping Afghans deal with climate-induced emergencies could aid in addressing the drivers of unending conflict and instability in the long-term.
January 20, 2024

Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Pakistan is leveraging the border as a tool of pressure to secure its political interests vis-a-vis Afghanistan.

January 15, 2024

The Plight of Deported Afghans 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
An unending refugee and humanitarian crisis the world seems to have forgotten.

December 19, 2023

Afghanistan Left out of Global Climate Change Conversation

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Afghanistan under the Taliban was once again shunned from the COP28 climate change conference.

December 11, 2023

Tajikistan and the Taliban: A Lone Voice in Central Asia

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Tajikistan is the strongest critic of the Taliban in Central Asia and continues to host dialogues featuring a diversity of Afghan voices.
November 30, 2023

Managing Dissent Within: The Taliban Way

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The hardliners within the Taliban have consolidated their position, and the specter of the group’s implosion seems improbable in the near term. 

November 14, 2023

An Iranian Reversal on Afghan Refugees

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The difference between the deportation policies targeting Afghans in both Pakistan and Iran is the noise surrounding these efforts.

October 30, 2023

Pakistan’s Afghan Gamble: Refugees as a Strategic Tool Against the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Islamabad wants Kabul to take actual action against the TTP, and is using Afghan refugees as a bargaining chip. 

October 19, 2023

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Taliban’s Economic Dreams

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The specter of insecurity in Afghanistan has been replaced by a lack of governance and widespread incompetence. Investors from China or any other country can be expected to be deeply wary.

September 29, 2023

Myths and Realities of ‘Gender Apartheid’ in Afghanistan Under the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Can U.N. efforts ever work to reverse the policies of the Taliban?
September 19, 2023

Hobson’s Choice for India in Taliban-Held Afghanistan

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
When it comes the question of engaging with the Taliban, New Delhi favors a cautious middle path. 

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