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Saurav Sarkar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He has completed his MA in International Relations (2016-18) from Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida and done his BA (Honours) in English (2013-16) from the same university. He has received the Best Strategic Thinking Achiever’s Award during his post-graduation from the university. He had interned at Pragyavataran Educational Society, Noida in May-June 2017 as a social work volunteer. His MA dissertation was on “Counter-terrorism policies of the Obama administration in Afghanistan-Pakistan”. His areas of interest are China-Pakistan military and strategic cooperation, the geopolitics of the South China Sea dispute and counter-terrorism.

Understanding China’s submarine capabilities: Undersea competition in the Indo-Pacific
25 Jun 2019

The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s submarine fleet has, over the last few decades, undergone dynamic changes in operational capabilities as well as size. China still has a long way to go in counterforce capabilities vis-à-vis the US, which vehemently opposes its militarization of the South China Sea (SCS).

Clarifying China's Response to the Pulwama Crisis
01 Mar 2019

The suicide bombing of an Indian paramilitary convoy on February 14th in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) that killed at least 40 personnel drew condemnation and outrage both domestically and globally.

In-Depth: Decoding India’s Balakot Airstrike
28 Feb 2019

Making sense of India's ambitious air attack in deep Pakistani territory.

Did the US Give A Free Hand To China In The South China Sea?
06 Oct 2018

American indifference might have spurred Beijing to rapidly strengthen its military presence in the South China Sea.

China-Pakistan Strategic Ties Overshadows Scepticism regarding Gwadar
02 Oct 2018

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s recent visit to China came after the Imran Khan led government sent mixed signals on the flagship project of the Belt and Road...

China’s South China Sea Strategy
13 Sep 2018

China’s South China Sea strategy has been one of confrontation and coercion. It has in a short amount of time consolidated its position and strength in the region by building facilities to station its military hardware and undertake long-range deployments in disputed areas of the South China Sea.


Areas of interest

China-Pakistan military and strategic cooperation, geopolitics of the South China Sea dispute and counter-terrorism


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    Research Assistant, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.

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