Soumya Awasthi is an Associate Fellow with Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. Previously, she has worked with Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense and Strategic Analysis (MPIDSA), New Delhi. She has also worked as a fellow at Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR) in United Service Institute, New Delhi and Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping Organization, New Delhi.
Her research interest includes Counter Terrorism, De-radicalization, South Asian strategic studies, Afghanistan, and India’s defense and Strategic policy. She is particularly interested in the Deoband School of Islam in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. She is completing her PhD from the Center for International Politics, Organization, and Disarmament (CIPOD) at School of International Studies (SIS) in Jawaharlal Nehru University on the subject “Role of Religious Discourse in Regional and Global Geopolitics: Case Study of Deoband Philosophy in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

She has completed her MPhil on the topic “Defense Budget of India from 1947 till 2015 a Trend Analysis” in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at the Savitribai Phule University of Pune, Maharashtra. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences on her area of study.

Contributions 
China’s Future Road to Afghanistan The lightning speed with which the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, has enthralled the experts around the globe.1 There are lot of speculations that are taking place, on what went wrong and how even after twenty years of r...

The Endgame: Captain America Versus Band of Bad Boys In the last sequel of the Marvel series movie, “The Endgame”, Avengers including the idol leader Captain America- the symbol of freedom, justice and the “American Way”- fights the evils of the universe like Thanos, who plans to destroy the ea...

Annual Review of Islamic State and Al Qaeda: What is on the Horizon in 2021? Background The past year began with a pathological threat for the world which was detrimental not only for public health, politics, and economics but also for global security. The keywords for the year 2020 were COVID-19, geopolitical rea...

Ramzan Amidst Battle Against Coronavirus Introduction One of the most potent weapons against combatting Covid-19 pandemic is the norm of social distancing. Social congregation is an anathema to the norm of social distancing. Therefore, during the time when Covid-19 has spread it...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
Omar Sadr, Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan. Oxon: Routledge, 2020, xiii+242 pp., INR 995, ISBN: 978-1138371057 ‘Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan’ by Omar Sadr is an account of Afghanistan's multicultural society. The book discusses the challenges that the government faces in ensuring national integration under cultural diversity. The book co...

In their Own Words-Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba by C. Christine Fair, Second Edition; By Christine Fair; India: Oxford University Press, 2019. 303pp. ISBN 10: 0-19-949521-1 The goal of every state is to survive. Many countries adopt various kinds of strategies to achieve their ends. The strategies are a mix of military, economic and diplomatic ways and means to realise their policy goals. However, in the case of Pakista...

Outreach 
India and SAARC Combating COVID Pandemic Published in Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security (BIPSS) on 1st May 2020....

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