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Welcome to Bharat Desai as Guest Professor
The Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute cordially welcomes Professor Dr. Bharat H. Desai as Guest Professor. He wants to pursue his research work during his stay of two months funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation until end of July.
Welcome to Professor Rahul Mukherji as new Head and Professor at the Department of Political Science
The South Asia Institute cordially welcomes Prof. Rahul Mukherji, Ph.D. (Columbia) as new Head and Professor at the Department of Political Science. He succeeds Prof. Subrata K. Mitra, who headed the department from 1994 to 2014,  and will give lectures starting from winter semester 2016.

Rahul Mukherji has been an Associate Professor in the South Asian Studies Programme located within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, since 2008. He is also Honorary Senior Fellow of the Institute of South Asian Studies and has served as Head of Research of the institute in recent times.
In 1999, he obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, New York. His dissertation focused on “A Path to Trade and Investment Liberalization”. Prior to his Ph.D. he graduated at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
His research interests focus on Political Economy of Welfare in India, India's globalization and Politics of India's industrial regulation.
Talk by Prof. em. Subrata K. Mitra on 22.06.2016
The department of Political Science cordially invites you to:

Frozen conflicts: ‘low-level-equilibrium traps’ principled negotiations and India-Pakistan dialogue
Prof. em. Subrata K. Mitra, Ph.D. (Rochester, USA)
Visiting Research Professor at the National University of Singapore

Date: Wednesday, 22.06.2016
Venue: South Asia Institute, Room 316
Time: 2 pm / 14 Uhr s.t.


The cancelled trip of Mr Sartaz Aziz – the National Security Advisor of Pakistan – to meet his counterpart Mr Ajit Doval of India in Delhi, and the circumstances leading to it, should not be considered as isolated events. Seen in juxtaposition with an earlier cancellation of the scheduled meeting of the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, the disappointment arising from the failed ‘Ufa initiative’ points towards a pattern. Underneath the roller-coaster ride that Indo-Pak relations routinely assume, there are some hard structural issues that must be tackled in order for specific initiatives like Ufa to succeed. The presentation suggests ‘principled negotiations’ – a method which identifies all the relevant stakeholders and their preferences, and encourages the actors to move beyond ‘positions’ to concrete ‘interests’ - in order to seek win-win solutions. The talk ends with some preliminary steps that might lead to the beginning of a serious and sustainable India-Pakistan dialogue.
Welcome to Professor P. Sahadevan

The South Asia Institute is pleased to announce that Professor P. Sahadevan will act as DAAD Guest Professor at the Department of Political Science during the summer term of 2016. Professor Sahadevan will offer one foundation course and two seminars during the semester.
Professor P. Sahadevan has been Professor of South Asian Studies at the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, since May 2003. He is also Director of Pakistan Studies Programme and one of the world leading experts on Sri Lanka and Maldives.
He will bring in his rich expertise in conflict resolution and South Asia studies. His research interests include also Politics, Foreign Policy and Security of Sri Lanka and Maldives, Ethnicity, Terrorism, Civil War, India’s Foreign Policy and Diaspora Studies.
Further information is available on his website.

Dr. Liebig at IR Workshop in Delhi

On Jan. 11-12, 2016, the international workshop Alternative Cosmologies & the Knowledge Systems in International Relations: Voices from the Global South was held in Delhi. The organizers of the event were International Research on India and International Studies(IRIIS), World International Studies Committee (WISC) and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIS). At the workshop, scholars from the North and South America, South East Asia, Turkey, South Africa, Europe and India convened. Among the two German participants was Dr. Michael Liebig, Fellow and Lecturer at SAI's Political Science Department. His paper was titled, 'Back to the Future: The Relevance of Kautilyan Thought for IR Theory'.

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