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Dr N. Janardhan

Director, Research and Analysis

With over 25 years of regional expertise, his research work analyses and unravels the evolving multi-dimensional partnerships between the countries of the Gulf and Asia. In addition, he offers diplomats Post Graduate Diploma and Masters courses in Gulf and Asian foreign policies. His broad-based interests span politics, international relations, diplomacy, security, and migration. His recent research interests span Abraham Accords, minilateralism, Gulf-Asia-Africa relations, new regionalism, and blue economy.  

Apart from numerous academic, think tank and media publications in Asia, Gulf, Europe, and the United States, he is the author of four books – ‘The Arab Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships (ed., Gerlach, 2020); ‘A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role’ (ed., Gerlach, 2014); ‘India and the Gulf: What Next?’ (ed., Gulf Research Center Cambridge, 2013); and ‘Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in the 21st Century Gulf’ (Ithaca, 2011). His fifth book – tentatively titled ‘Overcoming Smallness: Gulf Countries as Middle Powers’ – is scheduled to be published in 2024.

Dr Janardhan is Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and Managing Assistant Editor of the ‘Journal of Arabian Studies’ (Routledge).

In his previous stints, he has served as a political analyst in government and private institutions in the United Arab Emirates – the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, the Gulf Research Center and ‘The Gulf Today’ – and ‘The Asian Age’ in India.

With a PhD from the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he is part of several Track 2 and Track 1.5 initiatives dealing with Gulf issues.

In his free time, Dr Janardhan is also an avid sportsperson and manages a social transformation initiative (

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