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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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She can be reached at [email protected]

Posts by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
July 18, 2024

Supply Chain Disruption: A Key Trigger for India’s Plea for Climate Change Action 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The serious impact of climate change on India’s economic aspiration has begun to figure on the government’s agenda or at least in its public pronouncements.

July 05, 2024

A Grand Bargain with the Taliban in Doha

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The Taliban certainly need to be engaged. But it can’t be at the cost of the rights of women and girls.
June 21, 2024

India’s Spurning Strategy Toward China: Contestation in Indo-Pacific 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
As far as China-India bilateral relations are concerned, New Delhi has sent repeated signals that it will stick to its position that relations can’t improve until the border mess is cleared up.

June 14, 2024

Afghanistan Under the Taliban: No Country for Women

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Afghan women are tremendously resilient. But resilience can’t last forever on its own; it needs to be supported and nurtured.  

May 28, 2024

India, Iran, and the Taliban’s Gamble on Chabahar 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
And the dilemma that it presents for Washington.

May 11, 2024

Negotiating Climate Finance: India’s Leadership Role in the Global South

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The new government in India will have to work through the politics of climate finance, inclusion, and just transition in an increasingly fragmented world order. 
April 29, 2024

Meeting the Climate Crisis in Afghanistan 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
As the dilemma on recognition and assistance remains unresolved, Afghanistan will be subjected to a vicious cycle of conflict with climate change acting as a threat multiplier. 

April 09, 2024

India’s Long Road to Net-Zero

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
With ambitious targets, the green transition is a huge challenge for India.

March 28, 2024

After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The focus on and understanding of ISKP’s core area in Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be expanded to include the large frontiers of Central Asia.

March 15, 2024

Where Do Taliban-Pakistan Relations Stand Now?

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
One reason driving Islamabad’s renewed efforts in Afghanistan may be India’s continuing moves to expand its dealings with the Taliban.

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.

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