Prof. Upendra Choudhury





    International Studies/Politics and Security Issues in the Indo-Pacific


    House No. 32, Kaveri Enclave, Phase 2, Ramghat Road, Aligarh





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Prof. Upendra Choudhury specialises, teaches, supervises and conducts research on International Studies with a special focus on Indo-Pacific region. He has served both as the Member Secretary and Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi under the Ministry of Education, Government of India from 2014-2019. He had also been selected as a Senior Advisor by the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi to head its newly established National Resource Centre for Education in 2019 which he declined. Presently, he is serving as a Professor of International Studies at the Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh. Prof Choudhury received his Ph.D. from CPS/SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2000 on India’s Ballistic Missile Programme, authored a book (Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures in South Asia: Problems and Prospects, Manohar Publications, New Delhi, 2006) and contributed six book chapters, four encyclopaedia entries, one commissioned and 12 research papers to refereed journals in India, United States, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Australia and Singapore which have been cited/quoted by authoritative sources such as the USA Congressional Research Service, South Asia Program of the CSIS, Washington DC, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Centre for Policy Alternatives, New Delhi among others He has also contributed several dozen articles to popular Indian magazines and dailies such as Mainstream, World Focus, Kurukshetra, Hindustan Times, Hindu Business Line, National Herald, Deccan Herald, Tribune, Newstime etc and also appeared in the interview by some of the leading international news agencies like the Agence France Presse (AFP) News, Radio Australia, Dong, the South Korean Weekly News Magazine. (For his publication details, please visit Google Scholar at: In addition, Prof. Choudhury has completed several independent research projects sponsored by the Indian and foreign funding agencies and delivered lectures in several dozen universities/research institutes and conferences in India, US, UK, Russia, Germany, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Turkey, China, South Korea, Italy, Bhutan, Finland and Slovenia. He has also served as the Editor of the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (AJPSIR) from 2011 to 2017, Editorial Board Member of the Indian Journal of Politics, India and the Reviewer of India Review, Taylor & Francis, USA.

Prof. Choudhury has also served as a Member of the Screening Committee for Recognition of Scientific & Industrial Research Organisations (SIRO), Department of Science & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI, New Delhi from 2016-2019 and the Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai from 2016 onwards. He has also been a Jury Member of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar in 2020, Ministry of Women & Child Development, GoI, New Delhi and the Akashvani Annual Award for Audience Research Survey Reports, All India Radio, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI, New Delhi both in 2016 & 2018. He is closely associated with the works of the National Testing Agency (NTA), New Delhi, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi and several State Public Service Commissions. He has received the prestigious Kodikara Research Award by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) Colombo, Sri Lanka for the year 2001-2002, a Short-Term Fulbright Award to the United States in 2007 (Declined) and a Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi in February-March 2018.

  1. Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures in South Asia: Problems and Prospects jointly published by the RCSS, Sri Lanka and Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 01—122. ISBN 81-7304-661-1
  2. “India and Environmental Sustainability: Growing Challenge For A Growing Power” in Jieli Li ed. Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia, World Scientific Publisher, Singapore, pp. 47-66 (ISBN:9789814566636)
  3. “Theatre Missile Defence in the Asia Pacific Region: Implications for South Asian Security” in Naveen Bhardwaj ed. India’s Foreign Policy in Contemporary World, Regal Publications, New Delhi, pp. 164-67 (ISBN: 8184843887)
  4. “Climatic Change: Implications for National Security” in Sawalia Bihari Verma ed. Environmental Law, Pollution and Management, Jaipur University Book House, Jaipur, pp. 14-19 (ISBN:81-8198-0174)
  5. “Defence Through Diplomacy: A Study of NAM Under Nehru” in Taufiq A.Nizami ed. Nehru: The Architect of India’s Foreign Policy, Icon Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 173-184, (ISBN:81-88086-33-3)
  6. “Terrorism, Insurgency and Subversion in India: Implications for Governance and Development” in Pradeep Sahani ed. Governance for Development: Issues and Strategies, Prentice Hall, New Delhi, pp.150-162, (ISBN: 81-203-2204-5)
  7. Internal Security Under Seize: Need for Constitutional Correctives”, in B.L. Fadia ed. Reviewing the Constitution, Himanshu Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 138-171 (ISBN:81-86231-96-X)
  8. 1. Indo-US Nuclear Deal, 2. Internal Security, 3. Missile Programme, 4. Space Programme in Arnold P. Kaminsky & Roger D. Long eds. India Today: An Encyclopaedia of Life in the Republic Greenwood Press, USA (ISBN-10: 0313374627)
  9. “India China as Rising Powers: Collision or Cooperation?” South Asia Journal, (New Jersey, USA), Issue 12, Winter, (ISSN: 9780983877646)
  10. “The Impact of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Crisis on Anti-nuclear Movements in India”, Social Alternatives, (Australia) Vol. 32, Issue 3, (ISSN: 20120155-0306)
  11. “The ‘India Factor’ in Sino-American Relations”, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal, (ISSN: 1010-9536)
  12. The Indo-USA Nuclear Deal and its Impact on India’s Ballistic Missile Programme, The SASSI Research Report, No 19, (The South Asian Strategic Stability Institute: UK)
  13. India as a Space Power: How the Defence Versus Development Debate Has Become Outdated, Indian Journal of Politics, Vol. XL, No. 2&3, pp. 115-128, (ISSN:0303-9957).
  14. Too Close for Comfort, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, (USA) Vol.59, No.2, pp. 22-24, (ISSN:0096-3402)
  15. Twenty-Five Years of Indian Space Program, Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai, Vol. XXXIII, No. 5, pp.212-213 (ISSN:00129976)

  16. India’s Internal Security Threats: A Review, Journal of Peace Studies, New Delhi,Vol. 7, No. 6, pp.19-36, (ISSN: 0972-5563)

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