Jabin T. Jacob is Fellow (Associate Professor) at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He as also served as Assistant Director of the Institute from 2011 to 2016. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and New Delhi and spent two years as a Chinese language student in Taiwan. He has been Hermès Fellow at Sciences Po, Bordeaux (2009-10), Visiting Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2012) and a visiting faculty at University of Bordeaux IV, France (2012).
Jacob’s current research interests include China-South Asia relations, China’s ‘one belt, one road’ initiative, Indian and Chinese foreign policies in their near neighbourhood, Sino-Indian border areas, and centre-province relations in China. At the ICS, he is associated with the BCIM Forum (formerly the Kunming Initiative) supported by the governments of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar and has helped create new initiatives such as the ICS Border Studies Programme and the ICS Scholar-in-Residence Programme. As part of his research, he has traveled in many of India’s border states and visited parts of the country’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan as well as the international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Jacob is co-editor of two books – India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges (2011) and Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations: Fighting Distrust (2013). He writes regularly for Indian media on Chinese foreign policy and India-China relations and is also Associate Editor of the ICS journal, China Report and is currently working on a new book on Sino-Indian relations.
Areas of interest: Sino-Indian and China-South Asia relations; Sino-Indian border areas; sub-national issues and influences in Chinese and Indian foreign policies; Chinese and Indian worldviews