A PUBLICATION OF THE RESEARCH CENTRE FOR EASTERN AND
NORTH EASTERN REGIONAL STUDIES, KOLKATA

A University Grants Commission Approved Journal
(under UGC-CARE, Arts & Humanities Citation Index)
ISSN 2582-2241

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

 

Anjana Basu is the author of six novels. She has had a book of short stories published by Orient Longman; the BBC has broadcast one of her short stories, and her poems have featured in an anthology brought out by Penguin India. She has appeared in The Antigonish Review. The Edinburgh Review and The Salzburg Review have also featured her work. In 2003, Harper Collins India brought out her novel Curses in Ivory. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue, published by Roli in 2007. She has worked on the dialogues for the film, The Last Lear, directed by Rituparno Ghosh.

Robert Buzzanco is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of this Journal. He is a Professor of History at the University of Houston, specializing in Vietnam and U.S. foreign policy. He teaches a variety of courses in U.S. history, such as the U.S. history survey, the history of the Vietnam War, America in the 1960s, and U.S. foreign policy. He has also taught graduate courses on the Vietnam War, post-1945 U.S. History, and U.S. foreign relations (“Empire, War, and Diplomacy”), as well as numerous research seminars. He has been the advisor on many dissertation thesis committees. Dr. Buzzanco is the author or editor of three books and he has written more than twenty articles that have appeared in scholarly publications and major newspapers. He is continuing work on the political economy of the 1960s and the impact of the Vietnam War on the U.S. economy. His book, Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era (Cambridge University Press, 1996), received the Stuart L. Bernath Prize, awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (chapter on Tet Offensive excerpted in Robert McMahon, ed, Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War, 3rd edition). He is the co-editor, with Marilyn Young of A Companion to the Vietnam War, a collection of essays on Vietnam in the “Blackwell Companion Series” (Blackwell, 2002). He has also authored “The Politics of Escalation in Vietnam during the Johnson Years,” in Young and Buzzanco edited, A Companion to the Vietnam War (Blackwell, 2002); Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life (Blackwell, “Problems in American History” Series, 1999); “Anti-Imperialism,” Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations, 2002; “How Did Iraq and the United States Become Enemies,” History News Network, October 28, 2002; and “The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1968: Capitalism, Communism, and Containment,” in Empire and Revolution: The United States and the Third World since 1945, edited by Peter L. Hahn and Mary Ann Heiss (Ohio State University Press 2001).

Vinay Kaura is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs and Security Studies, Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, a university under the Department of Home, Government of Rajasthan, India. As the Coordinator of University’s Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, his major responsibility is to teach as well as coordinate executive training and research programs on security studies and counterterrorism for India’s mid-level police professionals belonging to the state and central para military organizations. He is also an adjunct faculty on the Program on Terror is and Security Studies (PTSS) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He has a Masters’ degree in both History and Political Science, and a PhD degree on Afghanistan-Pakistan relations with special reference to Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. In March 2017, he was selected by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies to participate in PTSS under the U.S. government’s ‘Combating Terrorism Fellowship.’ In September 2018, he was chosen to attend an executive seminar on non-traditional security challenges by NESA Center for Strategic Studies, National Defence University in Washington, DC. His research interests are counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, de-radicalization, political warfare, geopolitics of Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, and conflict resolution in Kashmir. Some of his recent publications are “Indo-Israeli Relations in the Modi Era: A Transformative Shift,” in Israel Affairs; “India-U.S. Relations: From Distant Partners to an Alliance,” Parameters, U.S. Army War College Quarterly; “India’s Changing Relations with Russia: Challenges and Convergences,” RUSI Journal; “Russia’s Changing Relations with Pakistan and Taliban: Implications for India,” Jadavpur Journal of International Relations; “The Modi Government’s Policy on Israel: The Rhetoric and Reality of De-hyphenation,” Strategic Assessment; “China’s South Asia Policy under Xi Jinping: India’s Strategic Concerns,” Central European Journal of International and Security Studies; and “Building the Resilience of India’s Internal Security Apparatus,” ORF Occasional Papers. His opinion pieces and commentaries have appeared in leading newspapers.

Veronica Khangchian is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of this Journal. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Conflict Management and Peace Initiatives, Martin Luther Christian University Shillong, Meghalaya. Her doctoral dissertation was on Ethnicity, Conflict and Poverty in Manipur: A Study of Tamenglong and Imphal West Districts, at the Centre for Study of Social Systems (CSSS), School of Social Sciences (SSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2011. She did her MA and MPhil at the same institution, and her BA at Maitreyi College, Delhi University. Her research interests are Ethnicity, Migration, Conflict and Peace Processes in Northeast India. Her publication are “Understanding Conflict in Manipur: A Socio-Historical Perspective,” Social Change and Development XVI, no. 2 (2019): 41-58. Journal published by the OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, Assam). She has published a chapter, “Linking Ethnicity, Conflict and Poverty in Manipur,” in Chronic Poverty in India: Issues, Policies and Challenges, edited by Anand Kumar, et al. (New Delhi: Vitasta Publishing, 2017). She has authored several commentaries, such as “Assam Continues to Sit on an Ethnic Tinderbox, South Asia Monitor (January 6, 2015); “Bangladesh-India; Arms Trafficking: Residual Networks, South Asian Intelligence Review 12, no. 52 (June 30, 2014); “Recurring Bloodbath,” Outlook India, May 9, 2014; “Telengana Reverberations in the North-East, Uday India IV, no. 44 (October12, 2013); “The Deepening Myanmar-Nagaland Imbroglio, Eurasia Review (July 12, 2012); “India-Myanmar: Merging Perceptions, Eurasia Review, (June 11, 2012); “Unresolved Tensions in Mizoram—Analysis, Eurasia Review, (June 5, 2012); “Meghalaya: Flawed Cease-Fire,” Indo-Canada Outlook, vol. 6, no. 11 (June 2012); “The Challenge of Peaceful Settlement,” Geopolitics III, issue 1 (June, 2012); “Ethnic Turf War, Outlook India (November 14, 2011); “Splintering Threats in Assam, Outlook India (October 25, 2011); “Manipur Down Slippery Slope, Again, The Pioneer (August 18, 2011); and “Assam: A Divided Peace, Indo-Canada Outlook, vol. 5 (June 2011).

Ryan Mitra is a former Intern at the Southern Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He is a Bachelors’ student at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, School of Liberal Studies, majoring in International Relations. He has interned with the Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies, Kolkata. His areas of interest are Indian foreign policy, maritime affairs, nuclear policy, and international law. His recent publications are: “India’s Persian Desire: Analysing India’s maritime trade strategy vis-à-vis the Port of Chabahar,” and “India’s Growing Maritime Opportunities with Indonesia: Room for Development in Diplomacy and Capability Building,” both published in the Maritime Affairs Journal (National Maritime Foundation); “India’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Understanding India’s Spheres of Influence,” in The Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) Journal of International Relations (University of Pennsylvania); “The Marriage of India’s Act East and Indo-Pacific Policy,” and “China in the Maldives: Understanding India’s Security Concerns” which appeared in In the Long Run (blog of the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge).

Leng Sochea holds a PhD (2018) in Business Administration from Asia Europe University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; an MBA degree (2005) from the National University of Management, Phnom Penh; a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (2002) from the National Institute of Management, Phnom Penh; and a Bachelor of Law degree (1999) from the Royal University of Law and Economy, Phnom Penh. His varied career began as a worker making fishing nets at a Khmer Rouge factory from 1975 to 1979. Currently, he is an Adviser to the Chairman of the Cambodian National Election Committee since 2016, a rank equal to the Secretary-General of the NEC. Concurrently, he is the Permanent Vice-Chairman of the Governing Council of the Cambodia Mine Action Centre, since 2011, ranking equal to a minister. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Governing Council of the Cambodia Mine Action Centre in 2011-2012, and he served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Cambodia Mine Action Authority during 2000-2011. He attended the Senior Mine Action Management course at Cranefield Army University in the UK in 2002, a Law and Economics Awareness course at L’Ecole Royale Administration, as well as training courses at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Earlier, he was the Head of the Public Information Office and the Spokesperson of the National Election Committee in 1998-2006, and the Deputy Director-General in charge of Audio Visual and Media Centre at the Ministry of Information in 1994-2000. He began a career in government working as a Department Director at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Information between 1992 and 1994. Earlier, he was a journalist for the Japanese newspaper, Mainichi Shimbun, in 1991-92, reporting on the United Nations’ Transitional Authority in Cambodia.

Jigme Wangdi is presently pursuing his PhD degree at the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, on the topic, The Politics of Citizenship Practices and Property Rights in West Bengal and East Pakistan, 1947-1971. He did his MA in Modern History at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU. His M.Phil dissertation was on Enclaves on India-Bangladesh Borderland: Issues and Policies. He did his BA with Honours in History at Presidency College, Kolkata. His research interest spans border studies, South Asian politics and post-partition studies concerning India and Bangladesh. His recent article, “Performing State Craft: Delineating Citizenship and Documentary Practices in India and Pakistan, 1947-52,” was published in the Journal of Department of History, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka. His forthcoming article, “Identification Regimes in Post-Colonial India and East Pakistan: Perspectives from the Bengal Borderland,” is to be published in CLIO: An Annual Interdisciplinary Journal of History by Corpus Research Institute, Kolkata. The author is presently teaching in the Department of History, Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College, University of Calcutta.

Joel Wuthnow is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs for the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Previously, he was an analyst at CNA (a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, Virginia) and a postdoctoral fellow in China and the World Program at Princeton University. His publications include a book, Chinese Diplomacy and the UN Security Council: Beyond the Veto (2013), and articles in journals such as the China Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, Joint Force Strategy, Asia Policy, Asian Security, and the Chinese Journal of International Politics, as well as book chapters. He received a PhD in political science from Columbia University.