Participant Info

First Name
Ayesha
Last Name
Ray
Country
USA
University
King's College, Pennsylvania
Keywords
Civil-Military Relations, Security, Conflict, Terrorism, South Asia
Availability
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Personal Info

About Me

Associate Professor of Political Science at King’s College, Pennsylvania. Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. 2015. Guest Faculty, Center for International Politics, Organization, and Disarmament (CIPOD), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. 2016. Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNIAS), New Delhi. 2016. I work on conflict, security, and civil-military relations with an exclusive focus on South Asia. Author of The Soldier and the State in India (SAGE, 2013). The book has been featured in several of India’s leading newspapers and reviewed in the Journal of Armed Forces and Society, Journal of Military History, Strategic Analysis, Journal of Defense Studies, and USI Digest.

Recent Publications

Forthcoming Monograph. 2016: Culture, Context, and Capability: American and Indian Approaches to Counterinsurgency (New Delhi: Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses).

Book: The Soldier and the State in India: Nuclear Weapons, Counterinsurgency, and the Transformation of Indian Civil-Military Relations (SAGE, 2013).

“Civil-Military Relations in India: An Overview,” Handbook of Indian Defense Policy (London, New Delhi: Routledge, 2016).

“The Effect of Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons on Civil-Military Relations in India,” Strategic Studies Quarterly, 3:2, Summer 2009.

“The Politics and Identity of Kashmiri Women’s Organizations,” in Rafael Marchetti and Natalie Tocci eds., Conflict, Society and Peace-building: Comparative Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2011).

“Cross Border Terrorism and International Law,” in Kanti Bajpai, Afsir Karim and Amitabh Mattoo eds., Kargil and After: Challenges for Indian Policy (New Delhi: Har Anand, 2000).

Media Coverage

Praise for The Soldier and the State in India:

A path-breaking exploration of the relationship between India’s political leadership and its military – Sahara Times

A timely book that comes as a wake-up call for the government. A must-read for those in policy and decision making – The Asian Age

An appropriate and timely work that sheds light on the complex and changing nature of civil-military relations in India – Millennium Post 

Guest contributor for Voice of America (VOA)

Country Focus
India, Pakistan

Research Areas

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