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Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is founder & president, Mantraya; visiting faculty at the Naval War College, Goa; and non-resident scholar, Middle East Institute, Washington D.C.

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is 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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She can be reached at [email protected] @shanmariet

Posts by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
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. 

August 29, 2023

The Taliban’s Afghanistan: Retribution, Refugees, and Violent Extremism 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
An overwhelming element of vengeance continues to drive the Taliban’s policies, as illustrated by continued reports of killings and broken promises.
August 16, 2023

2 Years of Structural Violence and Humanitarian Crisis Under the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Since the fall of Kabul in August 2021, the Taliban have entrenched themselves in power and common Afghans have been driven into abject destitution.

July 22, 2023

The Cost of Uzbekistan’s ‘Pragmatic’ Taliban Policy

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Tashkent’s approach to the Taliban has shifted over the years, with the latest swing moving it toward more direct engagement.

July 05, 2023

Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan: Information Blackhole and Strategic (Mis)communication

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
U.S. and U.N. estimates about al-Qaida’s strength and position in Afghanistan differ. Sorting out the reality will require concrete efforts to end the information vacuum.

June 27, 2023

The Taliban’s Unsustainable War on Drugs

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Afghanistan's opiate economy is unlikely to be disrupted by a one-off campaign of crop destruction in a handful of provinces.
June 16, 2023

Russian Roulette in Taliban-Held Afghanistan

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Frequent vacillations from hope to pessimism continue to characterize Russian policy toward Afghanistan.

May 31, 2023

A Compulsive Embrace Beneath the Afghanistan-Iran Water Conflict

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Kabul and Tehran have conflicting claims over the Helmand river’s water, but other mutual interests bind the two sides together despite this point of contention. 

May 15, 2023

The Prospect of US-Taliban Counterterrorism Cooperation: Is the Embrace Worth It?

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Suggested convergence on counterterrorism cooperation between the United States and the Taliban may be a double-edged sword. 

April 25, 2023

The Samarkand Meeting: A Half-baked Regional Approach to Afghanistan’s Endless Woes

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Legitimizing the Taliban’s rule is not the solution to Afghanistan’s current and future problems.

April 13, 2023

China in Afghanistan: Myopia, Denial, and Fantasies

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has indeed provided China an opportunity, but there’s little evidence that Beijing has any concrete plan to address the country’s problems. 
March 21, 2023

In Afghanistan, Taliban Face a Growing Threat in ISKP

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The Taliban are neither demonstrably capable of weakening ISKP, nor are they willing to accept any capacity enhancing external cooperation in this regard.

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