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Name Dr. Raj Kumar KOTHARI
Designation Professor
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Ph.D. in Political ScienceUniversity of Bombay1994
Diploma in Russian LanguageUniversity of Bombay1993
M.Phil. in International StudiesPondicherry Central University1990
M.A. in Political ScienceKalyani University1988
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Professor of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal since August 2014
Teaching Experience: 18 Years
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal Since August 2011
Reader, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal from August 2, 2008 to August 1, 2011
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal from August 23, 2005 to August 1, 2008
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
International Relations and Foreign Policy
Central Asia: Emerging Economic and Security Dimensions
Foreign Policy of the Major Powers: USA; Russia; China & India
Indias Foreign Policy
Society and Politics in South Asia
Course/ Subject Taught 
Subject: Political Science
Courses Taught: International Relations; Western Political Thought; Society & Politics in South Asia
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Indias Connect Central Asia Policy: Emerging Economic and Security DimensionsSociology and Anthropology 2(6): 239-2452014Horizon Research Publishing
India’s ‘Connect Central Asia Policy’: Emerging Economic and Security DimensionsSociology and Anthropology, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 239-245.2014Europe

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute: India’s StandThe Indian Journal of Political Science Vol. LXXVII, No. 2, April-June 2016 ISSN: 0019-55102016Indian Political Science Association
Emerging Trends in India-China Relations: Challenges and ProspectsKousar Azam (ed.), India in World Affairs: The Next Decade2016Manohar Publishers, New Delhi
Re-Shaping India’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and StrategiesRising India: Domestic and External Opportunities and Challenges2015Uttar Pradesh Political Science Association, Agra
India’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Years: Emerging ScenarioJAIR Journal of International Relations, Vol. 1, Issue 2, July-December 2014, pp. 10-19.2014SAGE
“Russia’s Policy towards Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Period”Suchandana Chatterjee edited Image of the Region in Eurasian Studies Pages 73-862014K W Publishers New Delhi
“Russia’s Policy toward Nuclear Disarmament: A Theoretical Framework”P M Kamath Edited Nuclear Disarmament: Regional Perspectives on Progress Pages 83-982013Emerald, UK
“US Policy towards Asia Since 1990s: Focus on China, Japan and India”Madhuchanda Ghosh and Others Edited Pages 1-122013Atlantic Publishers New Delhi
“Contentious Politics and Democratic Transitioin in Nepal: Contours of Change”Partha Pratim Basu and others (ed.), Democracy and Democratization in the 21st Century: The South Asian Experience, New Delhi: HAR-ANAND Publications, 2012), pp. 258-271.2012New Delhi: HAR-ANAND Publications
“Post-Soviet Dynamics of Central Asia – Indian Involvement”Radharaman Chakrabarti and Imankalyan Lahiri (ed.), India’s Constructive Engagement in Asia and Around pp. 147-162.2012Academic Excellence, New Delhi
“Emerging Trends in Russian Foreign Policy: An Overview”Sanjay Deshpande and Mohan Kashikar (ed.), Two Decades of New Russia (Mumbai: Centre for Central Eurasian Studies, University of Mumbai, 2012, pp. 80-99.2012Centre for Central Eurasian Studies, University of Mumbai

Other Publication

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
India Becoming a Global Power in the Twenty First Century: Rising Challenges and Newer OpportunitiesAtlantic Publishers, New Delhi2016Editor
US Policy Towards China, India and JapanAtlantic, New Delhi2013Editor
Indo-Russian Relations in the Post Soviet Years: Emerging Challenges and New ProspectsLAMBERT Academic Publishing2013Sole Author
Emerging India as a Global Player: Growing Ties and ChallengesAtlantic Publisher2012Sole Editor
Indias Foreign Policy in the New MillenniumAcademic Excellence2010Sole Editor
From Communism to Democratic Freedom: Perestroika and Glasnost of Mikhail GorbachevDeep and Deep1994Sole Author
Ph. D. Thesis Guidence
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Nilanjana NayakIndia-Bangladesh Relations Since 1990sn/aSubmitted2017
Kartick Kr BhuniaIndias Policy towards Sri Lanka in the Post LTTE YearsNilOngoing2018
Kalyanasis BhattacharyyaQuest for Ethics in Politics: Conceptualizing Political Forgiveness vis-a-vis Global JusticeNilOngoing2018
Ankita ChakrabortyThe Status of Indian Migrants in Myanmar During the Colonial and Contemporary PeriodsNilOngoing2018
Sonika SharmaSoft Power Diplomacy in Indian Foreign Policy: Emerging ScenarioNilOngoing2018
Sukanya MukherjeeIndias Strategic Policy towards Central Asia: Emerging Security and Economic DimensionsNilOngoing2018
Siddartha Shankar MannaEthnic Crisis in Sri Lanka: Implications for India's SedurityNilOngoing2017
Eyasin KhanHuman Rights and the Status of Bhutanese Refugees in NepalNilOngoing2017

Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Post-Soviet Dynamics in Central Asia: India's Perceptions and PoliciesPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity Grants Commission10296003 year20152018
South Asia Through the Russian Prism: 1990s & BeyondProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission5265002 year20102012
India and Russia in the Twenty First Century: A Study of Their Bilateral Relations and Foreign Policy PerceptionsProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission650002 year20072009
Environment & Sustainable DevelopmentProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission450002 year20042005
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
The Role of Russia in Contemporary International PoliticsDepartment of International Relations, Jadavpur University [UGC Sponsored] December 11, 2017Jadavpur University2017
International Relations: Concepts and Theories Indian Foreign Policy in a Changing WorldDepartment of Political Science at Gour Banga UniversityMalda, West Bengal on May 18-19, 2017.2017
Theories of International PoliticsDepartment of Political Science at TM Bhagalpur UniversityBhagalpur, Bihar on April 28, 2017.2017
India’s Foreign Policy: Emerging TrendsFaculty Series Lecture program organized by Vidyasagar University on February 9, 2016.Vidyasagar University, West Bengal2016
Contemporary Debates on India’s Foreign PolicyUGC Sponsored Refresher Course held in the Department of International Relations at Jadavpur University on February 6, 2016.Department of International Relations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.2016
Membership of Learned Society 
Expert for Review of Manuscript for the Jhargram Raj College Journal, Jhargram, West Bengal since 2012.
Life Member: Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata
Member of Advisory Board of Eastern Regional Progressive Tribal Research and Welfare Organisation, Hooghly, West Bengal since January 2011
International Studies Association, USA
Life Member of West Bengal Political Science Association
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Life Member: Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, KolkataSince 2000
Life Member: West Bengal Political Science AssociationSince 2005
Member: Jadavpur Association of International Relations, Kolkata2009 to 2015
Life Member: Indian Political Science AssociationSince 2012
Life Member: Council for Political Studies, KolkataSince 2005
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Presented a paper entitled: “New Directions in Indian Foreign Policy: Quest for Global Power Status” Conference Theme: The Pacific Century?2017Paper PresenterHong Kong University, China during June 15-17, 2017.Organised by the International Studies Association and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, the University of Hong Kong
Presented a paper entitled: “India in the Twenty First Century: Rising or Constrained Power?” at the two-day international seminar on Challenges to Indian Polity: Concepts and Issues organised by the Department of Political Science, Gour Banga University, Malda, West Bengal, India.2017Paper PresenterOrganised by the Department of Political Science at Gour Banga University, Malda, West Bengal, held on July 20-21, 2017.
India in the Twenty First Century: Rising or Constrained Power? Theme of the International Seminar: Challenges to Indian Polity: Concepts and Issues July 20-21, 2017.2017Paper PresenterDepartment of Political Science at Gour Banga University, Malda, West Bengal, India.
Global Peace in the Twenty First Century: The Gandhian Alternative Theme of the International Seminar: Indian Vision of Political Thinking: Possibilities of Global Alternative August 12-13, 2017.2017Paper PresenterDepartment of Political Science, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meetrut, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Emerging Concerns in Indian Foreign Policy under Narendra Modi: A Critical Appraisal Theme of the National Seminar: India as an Emerging Power: Myths and Reality November 11, 2017.2017Paper PresenterDepartment of Political Science, Kanchrapara College, 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
International Conference on Historicizing Sub-regional Cooperation South Asia: Society, Culture and Politics in Bangladesh and Easetern India held on May 30 to June 1, 20122012ConvenerVidyasagar University, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Ford Foundation Research FellowDeparment of Civics & Politics, University of Bombay1990
M.A. First Class FirstKalyani University1989
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