Samir Bhattacharya is presently doing his postgraduate academic research at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India on " MIDDLE POWER AND BLUE DIPLOMACY: INDIA IN WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN". He has done his graduate study from University of Auvergne 1, France on Environment Economics. Before resuming his higher studies, Samir has worked in diverse fields with different types of organization such as French Embassy in New Delhi, Saciwaters (Research Organisation) and CUTS International. In CUTS International, an international policy research think tank, he worked as Regional Coordinator for Africa operations. He has authored several papers on diverse subjects including on: Role of Biodiversity Preservation in Economic Development of India, connection between trade and gender for Southern and Eastern Africa, Developing countries stand on Blue Economy related issues at WTO, Leveraging India-Bangladesh relationship for enhanced coastal zone management, different Environmental Standards of India etc.

Contributions 
Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Where do African Countries Stand? Context On 21st February 2022, President Vladimir Putin recognised the independence of Ukraine’s breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk and decided to support Moscow-backed separatists with a military operation ...

Israel’s Africa Conundrum: Bilateral Relations, Multilateral Opposition Background In the first week of February, the annual summit of the African Union (AU) took place in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the African Union. The principal objective of the meeting was to evaluate AU's achieveme...

Africa: Looking Back at 2021 and Likely Trends in 2022 For the second year in a row, countries across the world battled to cope with the negative economic impacts of covid. Though African continent handled the initial impacts of Covid-19 relatively well, in 2021 it suffered immensely from Covid-19 outbre...

The Re-election of Gambian President Raises Hope for Justice On 4th December 2021, The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, held its presidential election. The present election can be viewed as a strong statement in support of successful transition towards a democratic society. To recall, in the la...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
"The Harambee Factor: India - Africa Economic and Development Partnership” by Ambassador Gurjit Singh, Macmillan Education India Pvt. Ltd., Pp 500 2022, INR 2,802. ISBN: 978-93-5455-069-0 A wealth of literature illustrates China's relationship with Africa in all of its facets. In comparison, there isn't nearly enough research on India's engagement in Africa in its entirety. In that sense, there is hardly any literature that deals spec...

"India–Africa Relations: Changing Horizons" by Rajiv Bhatia, Routledge India, Pp 244, 15 November 2021, INR 995. ISBN 9781032268989 Former High Commissioner to Kenya, South Africa and Lesotho, Ambassador Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, is a Distinguished Fellow of the Foreign Policy Studies Programme at Gateway House. In his new book titled "India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons",...

Event Reports 
Celebration of Africa Day 2022 Over a Book Discussion | ‘The Harambee Factor: India - Africa Economic and Development Partnership by Ambassador Gurjit Singh’ Every year on May 25, the world celebrates Africa Day. On May 25 1963, 30 independent African leaders signed the founding charter of the OAU (Organization of African Unity). In 2002, to give more impetus to the organisation, many new areas were added...

VIF virtual Book discussion on "India–Africa Relations: Changing Horizons" by Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a book discussion on "India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons", on March 23, 2022. The event was chaired by Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF. Author of the book Ambassador Rajiv Kumar Bhatia d...

The African Continental Free Trade Area and Opportunities for India On 23rd February 2022, the Vivekananda Foundation organised a lecture on "The African Continental Free Trade Area and Opportunities for India". The Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is a critical African project to accelerate the continent's lo...

Outreach 
Africa: Requiem for a continent Published in Hindustan Times on 17 June 2022....

Africa Day 2022: An Odyssey of a Continent Published in The Space Ink on 14 June 2022....

The Crisis in Ethiopia is not all about Ethiopia Published in Modern Ghana on 20th May 2022....

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