Wikistrat Expert Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

Research Fellow of the Institute of South Asian Studies

Dr. D’Souza’s work is primarily focused on South Asia with an emphasis on Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the bulk of her field work was conducted. Her research centers on the Islamist insurgency in Afghanistan and the potential solutions for peace and stability in the region. She was the editor of the book “Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 201?“, and has been published multiple books and scholarly journals.

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Dr. D’Souza received her Master of Arts in Politics with a concentration in International Relations in 1999 from Jawaharlal Nehru University before continuing as a PhD student studying U.S. approaches to the Taliban. She has since then continued her academic work on the Taliban, studying their emergence, rise and interactions with U.S. power in South Asia.
Her recent research has shifted to applying the broader concepts of counterinsurgency and nation-building to the instability in Afghanistan. Various aspects of “soft power” including: media in counter-terrorism, gender and combating terrorism and the politics aid and development projects, are also in her realm of expertise. On a larger scale, she has also studied the political relations and geopolitical jockeying between the Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the powers compete for influence in the area.

Wikistrat Analytic Community
Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is a Senior Analyst in Wikistrat’s Analytic Community

Academic Qualifications:
PhD in American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University; M.A. in International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Areas of Expertise:
South Asia
Indian Security Policy
U.S. Counterterrorism Policy
Afghan Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

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