Research Associates

Mr Syed Eesar Mehdi
Syed Eesar Mehdi is a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Peace Studies (ICPS), New Delhi. He was previously associated with the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, as Research Assistant Information. He has submitted his PhD, “Narrating Quotidian Kashmir: Beyond India-Pakistan Nationalist Discourses”, at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi, India. His thesis analyses the multiple fault lines prevalent in the identity politics of Kashmir. He has widely published in reputed journals like the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)India QuarterlyInternational StudiesJournal of Asian Security and International Affairs (JASIA), the Journal of Borderlands StudiesSocial Change, and Strategic Analysis. His research interests include peacebuilding, counterterrorism and international relations theory, emphasising non-Western epistemologies. He can be reached at eesar.mehdi[at]

Dr Mohmad Waseem Malla
Dr Mohmad Waseem Malla is a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Peace Studies (ICPS), New Delhi. He was previously associated with the New Delhi-based Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyst (MP-IDSA) as Information Researcher. Dr Malla has a doctorate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. His PhD work, "Media-Foreign Policy Discourse: Analysing Coverage of Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry by Al Jazeera English, 2006-2018”, attempted to deconstruct the convergences and divergences between the media functioning and the state’s foreign policy formulation through the interdisciplinary approaches of media studies and IR paradigms. His works have been published in international publications like Middle East Policy and Springer. Dr Malla is a keen observer of the developments in the Persian Gulf and South Asia, particularly Pakistan, and follows extremism and peace discourses in the online sphere. He can be reached at: anthemwaseem[at]

Mr Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar is the Multimedia Executive with International Centre for Peace Studies (ICPS), New Delhi. He is a Graphics and Multimedia Designer with extensive experience in graphics, web and animation. He has completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India. For the last decade, he has worked with a number of reputed organisations, both corporate and government, including the Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), and Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA). His Short Film "Death of an Artist" was selected in Navi Mumbai International Film Festival, May 2015. "Karma Yogi Awards 2017" for Documentary Film "Kurukshetra Darshan" by Art & Culture Department Haryana.

Ms Ankita Sanyal
Ms Ankita Sanyal has an M.Phil degree in the Centre for West Asian Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is pursuing her Ph.D. in the same department. She also has a Master’s degree in Arts with specialization in International Studies from School of International Studies (SIS) in Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata with Political Science Hons. She has written chapters in edited books and articles in refereed journals. Her areas of interest include Minority studies, Gender studies, Cultural studies, Education, Peace and Conflict studies, Counter-terrorism and non-traditional security.

Mr Toseef Ahmad Bhat
Toseef Ahmad Bhat has an M.Phil. from Political Science department in University of Kashmir and is pursuing his Ph.D. in the same department. He has several research publications to his credit. He has worked as Research Fellow with JK Policy Institute, Srinagar based Think-Tank covering policy, development and economic growth and also as Research Fellow with Jammu and Kashmir Centre for Peace and Justice (JKCPJ), Srinagar based Independent multidisciplinary research organization, focused on peace and social justice.