Dr. Sumit Kumar

Designation: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

E-mail: sumitjha83@gmail.com 



Ph.D Pondicherry Central University, 2017

MPhil, Pondicherry Central University, 2010

MA, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, 2009

BA (H), University of Delhi, 2005


Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi since November 10, 2022


Fellowship/Award/Research Experience

A. UGC-NET in Political Science, 2014

B. UGC-University Fellowship for MPhil for 2009-2010

C. UGC-University Fellowship for PhD for 2010- 2013

D. ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship for PhD for 2013-2015

E. Taiwan Visiting Fellowship for 2018

F. The Maulana Abul Kalam Institute of Asian Junior Fellowship for 2018-2019

G. ICSSR Post-doctoral Fellowship for 2019-2021


Publications in Peer-Reviewed and other journals

  1. “Improving Ties between India and Taiwan: An Assessment,” Politico, vol. 12, no. 1-2, pp. 98-103.
  2. A Strong and Ambiguous Partnership: India-US Ties under Trump, Asia Trend (Paris), Spring 2018, pp. 37-44.
  3. Indo-US Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Foundations, Dimensions and Limitations, Faultlines (New Delhi), Vol. 23, pp.
  4. “India’s Policy towards Her South Asian Neighbours: Constraints and Prospects,” World Focus (New Delhi), vol. 32, no5, May 2011, pp.271-76, ISSN-22308458
  5. US Policy towards Pakistan under the Obama Presidency: Constraints and Prospects, World Focus, vol. 33, no. 1, January 2012 pp. 54-58, ISSN-22308458
  6. “India-US Relations: From estranged Democracies to Pragmatic Partnership, “Research Today, vol. 01, no.1, December 2012, pp. 52-60, ISSN-2319-6947.
  7. “Maldives after Nasheed: Challenges for Indian Foreign Policy, “World Focus, vol. 35, no. 7, July 2013, pp. 57-63, ISSN-22308458.
  8. “India-Sri Lanka Relations in the post-LTTE Era: The Way forward, “Politico (New Delhi), vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 83-96, ISSN-23220686.
  9. “India-Russia Defence Cooperation: The Way Forward,” Geopolitics (New Delhi), vol. 7, Issue. 6, September 2016.

 Chapters in Edited Books

  1. “US-Pakistan Relations: Retrospect and Prospect” in Joseph C. Mathew (ed.), Understanding Pakistan (New York: Rutledge, 2017).
  2. “China under the Obama Administration,” in Annupurna Nautiyal and Chintamani Mahapatra, ed., India-China Relations in the Contemporary Era Opportunities, Obstacles and Outlooks (New Delhi: Gyan Publication, 2014), pp. 211-228.
  3. “Tensions in the South China Sea: Implications for India “in P. M Kamath (ed.) South China Sea: A Flashpoint of Global Conflict (Mumbai: VPM’s Centre, 2016), pp. 83-94.
  4. India-Taiwan Relations: Challenges and Prospects in Sudir Singh (ed.) India’s Foreign Policy under NDA-II, (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2016).


Book Review

  1. Pant, Harsh V. (ed.), The Rise of China: Implications for India (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press India, 2012) in India Quarterly (New Delhi) vol. 70, no. 1-2, April-June, 2014, Sage Publication.


Articles in Newspapers/ Foreign Policy Think Tanks in India and Abroad

  1. “A Tale of Two Political Alliances, “Pioneer (New Delhi), September 27, 2015.
  2. “Grand victory Explained, “Pioneer (New Delhi), November 15, 2015.
  3. “India-Russia Ties: The Next Step, “Pioneer (New Delhi), December 23, 2015.
  4. “Mr. Abe Comes Calling, “The Statesman (New Delhi), December 30, 2015.
  5. “Modifying Bilateral Ties with Old Friend Russia,” The New Indian Express (Chennai), January 2, 2016.
  6. “Maturity from India & Pak Marks Pathankot Response,” The New Indian Express (Chennai), January 14, 2016.
  7. “India-Israel Relations: Finally, Out of Closet,” The New Indian Express (Chennai), January 27, 2016.
  8. “Oli’s Visit has Reduced Differences between India and Nepal,” DailyO, February 24, 2016, http://www.dailyo.in/politics/india-nepal-ties-madhesis-narendra-modi-kp-sharma-oli-sushil-koirala-sushma-swaraj/story/1/9197.html
  9. “Tensions in South China Sea: Implications for India,” The New Indian Express, April, 01, 2016.”
  10. “As Interest Converge, India-Saudi Arabia Bilateral Ties Shines,” The Pioneer, April 17, 2016.”
  11. “Boost to India-US Defence Ties,” Centre for Land Warfare Studies (New Delhi), May 02, 2016, http://www.claws.in/1564/boost-to-india-us-defence-ties-sumit-kumar.html.
  12. “How Modi changed the India–US relationship,” East Asia Forum (Australia), May 10, 2016, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/10/how-modi-changed-the-india-us-relationship
  13. India-Taiwan Relations: What is the Way Forward?” Institute of Peace and Conflict, Studies (New Delhi), May 30, 2016, http://www.ipcs.org/article/east-asia/india-taiwan-relations-what-is-the-way-forward-5043.html
  14. India-Iran relations: A budding strategic friendship,” South Asia, London School of Economic and Political Science, June 03, 2016, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2016/06/03/india-iran-relations-a-budding-strategic friendship/
  15. “The Stars Are Aligned: The Future of India-Taiwan Relations,” The News Lens International (Taipei), June 08, 2016 http://international.thenewslens.com/article/41604
  16. “New Vista May Emerge during Modi’s US Visit,” The Deccan Herald (Bangalore), June 3, 2016.
  17. “Will Modi’s visit kick new era in US-India cooperation?,” The National Interest (Washington, D. C), June 05, 2016, http://nationalinterest.org/feature/will-modis-visit-kick-new-era-us-india-cooperation-16456
  18. “Intensifying Partnership with the US,“The Pioneer, June 16, 2016.
  19. “How Modi’s Visit Impact Indo-US Relations” The DNA, June 22, 2016.
  20. “The Significance of Full SCO Membership for India, “The News Lens International (Taiwan), July 7, 2016.
  21. “The Future of India-US Relations” The News Lens International (Taiwan), September 05, 2016.
  22. “India-US Partnership Lifted to New Height,” Centre for Land and Warfare Studies (New Delhi), September 14, 2016.
  23. “India-Vietnam Relations Elevated to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, “Centre for Land and Warfare Studies (New Delhi), September 15, 2016.
  24. “Modi’s visit Boost India-Vietnam Strategic Partnership,” Daily News Analysis, (Mumbai), September 20, 2016.
  25. Why India Finally Attacked Pakistan, The National Interest (Washington, D.C), October 06, 2016.
  26. Why Hillary Clinton would be Good for India, Outlook (New Delhi), October 12, 2016.
  27. Trump or Clinton: What Indian Really Wants from the US Election, Conversation Global (Washington, D.C), October 31, 2016.
  28. A New Momentum in India-Nepal Relations, The Deccan Herald (New Delhi), November 15, 2016.
  29. “The Heart of Asia Conference: Zero Tolerance to Terrorism,” CLAWS, New Delhi, December 20, 2016.
  30. India’s Friend from the East, The New Indian Express (Chennai), December 22, 2016.
  31. America First vis Make in India, The DNA (New Delhi), March 26, 2017.
  32. Time to Get Real on China Policy, The Pioneer (New Delhi), April 3, 2017.
  33. Act Eat, India, Malaysia Inching Closer, The DNA (New Delhi), April 16, 2017.
  34. Hasina Defrosting India–Bangladesh Ties, East Asia Forum, April 27, 2017, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/27/hasina-defrosting-india-bangladesh-ties/
  35. भारतनेपालसम्बन्ध: नयीदिशा, प्रभातखबर (रांची), अप्रैल28, 2017.
  36. No Thaw in Sight: US-Russia Relations Remain Frigid under Trump, The DNA, May 12, 2017.
  37. भारत-पाककेबीचबढ़तीदूरी, प्रभातखबर (रांची), मई16, 2017.
  38. Closer India-Palestine Relations after Abbas’ Visit, Deccan Herald, May 26, 2017.
  39. Ignorant Trump Spoils The Climate, The New Indian Express (Chennai), June 8, 2017.
  40. Modi Hits the Right Notes with Palestine and Israel, The DNA (New Delhi), June 12, 2017.
  41. Escalation of Qatar Crisis Portends Danger for India, DNA, June 27, 2017.
  42. Modi-Trump Meet: A Mixed Outcome, The Deccan Herald, July 1, 2017.
  43. “USA’s Ambivalent Relationship with Chin under Trump Era,”the DNA, July 9, 2017
  44. “US Turns Away from Pak, China Serenades Islamabad,” The DNA, August 6, 2017.
  45. Trade Ties and Chinese Threat Bring India, Taiwan Closer, the DNA, August 20, 2017.
  46. Nepalese PM Deuba’s Visit Powered by Mutual Trust, The DNA, August, 27, 2017.
  47. Trump’s New Afghanistan Policy Unmasks Pakistan, The DNA, September 3, 2017
  48. BRICS Summit: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future, The DNA, September 11, 207.
  49. The Pieces of the Rohingya Puzzle, The New Indian Express, September 19, 2017.
  50. Abe’s Visit India-Japan Ties to New Heights, The DNA, September 24, 2017.
  51. Trump’s US First Test to Defence Ties, The Deccan Herald, October 10, 2017.
  52. भारत-अफ्रीका संबंध मजबूत, प्रभात खबर, अक्टूबर 13, 2017.
  53. President Koind’s visit Taking India-Africa Ties to a New Height, The DNA, October 24, 2017.
  54. The Future of Iran Nuclear Deal under Trump, the DNA, November 12, 2017.
  55. Asean and the Revival of Quad, the Deccan Herald, November 22, 2017
  56. Nepal Elections: Hope for Stability, Peace and Development, the DNA, December 17, 2017.
  57. What does Oli Augur for India-Nepal Ties, the Deccan Herald? January 8, 2018.
  58. भारत-आसियान संबंध के 25 साल, प्रभात खबर, जनवरी ३१, 2018
  59. India-Asean Relations at 25: Ties Stepped Up, the Deccan Herald, February 9, 2018
  60. The Impact of Trump’s South Asia policy for India, the DNA, February 11, 2018.
  61. Maldives Crisis: Options for India, the Pioneer, February 13, 2018
  62. Improving Taiwan-India Relations, the Taipei Tines, February 23, 2018.
  63. India-Iran Partnership can Counter Chinese Hostility, the DNA, March 7, 2018.
  64. India and Vietnam Make Natual Allies, the New Lens International, March 21, 2018.
  65. Trump’s North Korea’s Policy to Reduce China’s Interference, the DNA, March 23, 2018.
  66. China Must Win over Taiwan through Talks, not Coercion, the DNA, March 31, 2018.
  67. Trump’s Policy Welcome for India, Taipei Times, April 1, 2018
  68. Nepal Prime Minister’s Visit Leaves Modi and India Cold, April 4, 2018.
  69. China Dividing India and Nepal, Taipei Times April 13, 2018
  70. South China Sea a Thorn in Singapore-China Relations, the DNA, April 9, 2018
  71. Global Challenges before the Modi Government, the DNA, April 17, 2018
  72. What Dictator Kim Wants from Historic Korean Summit, the DNA, April 27 2018.
  73. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to China Explained, the News Lens International, April 31, 2018
  74. Will slow pace of ‘Bullet Train’ project hurt Japan ties? The DNA, May 8, 2018.
  75. Trump and Kim’s historic meeting, Taipei Times, May 20, 2018.
  76. US Comes to Taiwan’s Aid to Curb China’s Growing Hegemony, the DNA, June 25, 2018.
  77. Can Trump’s tough talk on trade bring India, China together? The DNA, July 22, 2018.
  78. Competition in Africa: Will it affect India-China relations? The DNA, August 1, 2018.
  79. India needs to edge towards Australia to counter Chinese Threat, the DNA, August 10, 2018.
  80. Russia Tilting towards Pakistan Irks Close Friend India, the DNA, August 31, 2018.
  81. China’s BRI after five years: Implications for India & US, the DNA, September 7, 2018.
  82. China’s Influence on India-US Ties, Taipei Times, September 15, 3018.
  83. India must act fast to win back Nepal’s goodwill, the DNA, September 20, 2018.
  84. US steps cement China-Russia bond, the Taipei Times, September 30, 2018.
  85. US sanctions on Russia, China add to India’s security woes, the DNA, October 1, 2018.
  86. भारत-ताइवान रिश्ते की नयी दिशा, प्रभात खबर, अक्टूबर 5, 2018.
  87. US steps cement China-Russia bond, the Taipei Times, October 12, 2018.
  88. India-Russia Ties Set, the Deccan Herald, October 9, 2018.
  89. The Imperative of Strengthening India’s Ties with Japan, the DNA, October 26, 2018.
  90. Hope Rising for Japan-China Ties, Taipei Times, November 14, 2018.
  91. Taiwan-Japan Ties, Taipei Times, December 26, 2018.
  92. President Tsai’s Apt Replay to China, Taipei Times, January 20, 2019.
  93. “China’s War against Taiwan,” the Pioneer (New Delhi), January 28, 2019
  94. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa’s R-Day visit puts India on African radar, the DNA, February 12, 2019.
  95. US withdrawal from Afghanistan & its effects on India, the DNA, February 25, 2019
  96. Many reasons for Trump to ratchet trade tensions with India, the DNA, 15, 2019 India-Maldives ties revived after a spell of uncertainty, the DNA, March 28, 2019
  97. Modi years represent a paradigm shift in foreign policy, the DNA, April 5, 2019
  98. How Netanyahu’s re-election impacts India-Israel relations, the DNA, April 18, 2019
  99. Putin-Kim summit could change equations, promote new axis, the DNA, May 1, 2019
  100. Taiwan-US ties at a 40-year high, the Taipei Times, May 4, 2019.
  101. India keeps off BRI, has US and Japan in the loop, the DNA, May 21, 2019.
  102. Modi’s second term spells foreign policy continuity, the DNA, June 04, 201
  103. Taiwan-India Ties under Modi 2.0, Taipei Times, June 19, 2019.
  104. Trump’s attitude towards India unpredictable, unreliable, the DNA, July 26, 2019
  105. “Taiwan Vital to Indo-Pacific Strategy,” Taipei Times, 03, 2021
  106. “China Facing Challenges on Tibet” Taipei Times, Aug. 1, 2021


Paper Presentation and Participation in Conferences / Seminars

  1. Participated in a National Conference on India’s Foreign Policy: Changes and Continuity organised by Department of Politics & International Studies at Pondicherry University during October 21-22, 2009.
  2. Participated in a National Panel Discussion on India and Global Nuclear Disarmament, organized by UNESCO MISARC at Pondicherry University in collaboration with Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi on February 15, 2010.
  3. Participated in an International Conference on Rajiv Gandhi’s Disarmament Initiatives: South Asian and Global Contexts, organised by Southern Asia Studies Programme of Pondicherry University and co-sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India at Pondicherry during March 9-11, 2010.
  4. Participated in an International Conference on South Asia in 2020: Towards a Greater Unity and Interdependence at UMISARC of Pondicherry University during November 22-24, 2010;
  5. Presented a paper on “The US Policy towards China under the Obama Administration: Implications for India,” in an International Conference on India in Emerging Asia Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Decade, organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies of Pondicherry University and co-sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs and South Asia Foundation, New Delhi, during March 9-11, 2011;
  6. Presented a paper on “The US Policy towards Pakistan under the Obama Presidency: Constraints and Prospects,” in a National Conference on Understanding Pakistan, organized by Pakistan Studies Programme of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi during October18-20, 2011;
  7. Participated in an International Seminar on Sri Lanka after LTTE: Implications for India, February 16-17, 2012, co-sponsored by the UGC and South Asia Foundation, India Chapter, New Delhi;
  8. Participated in an International Seminar on River Water Sharing in South Asia: Identifying Common Concerns for Peace and Development, organised by Southern Asia Studies Programme of Pondicherry University, Puducherry, during April 19-21, 2012, co-sponsored by South Asia Foundation, India Chapter, New Delhi;
  9. Presented a paper on “Tensions in South China Sea: Implications for India,” in an International Seminar on South China Sea: A Flashpoint of Global Conflict, organised by VPM’s Centre for International Studies, Mumbai, during March 1-2, 2013.
  10. Presented a paper on “From Hand Off to Hands On: Evaluating India’s Response to Internal Crisis in Maldives,” in an International Seminar on Transitions in Southern Asian Countries: Implications for India, organised by Southern Asia Studies Programme of Pondicherry University and co-sponsored by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research at Pondicherry during March 11-13, 2013.
  11. Presented a paper on “India-US Defence Cooperation under the Obama Administration”, in an International Conference on India-US Defining Relationship, organised by UGC Centre for Southern Asia Studies, Pondicherry University during 7-8, 2013.
  12. Member of the Organising Committee which held a National Conference on Federal Imperative in the Making of India’s Foreign Policy organised by UGC Centre for Southern Asia Studies, Pondicherry University during 11-12 and co-sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs and South Asia Foundation, New Delhi.
  13. Presented a paper on “India’s Interests in South China Sea: Challenges and Prospects” in an international conference on “International Relations Conference, 2014; Maritime Security: Unlocking Great Power Potentials of India,” organised by UGC Centre for Southern Asia Studies, Pondicherry University in collaboration with Association of Asian Scholars and sponsored by XP Division of Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, December 8-14, 2014.
  14. Presented a paper on “India-Taiwan Relations: Challenges and Prospects” in an seminar on foreign policy challenges of Narendra Modi led NDA government Organised by society for social empowerment and VK Krishna Menon Centre for International Relations, University of Kerala on Dec 19-20 2014.
  15. Presented a paper on “India-US Relations under the Modi Government,” in a national seminar on “Neighbourhood Initiative of the Modi Government,” organised by UGC Centre for Southern Asia Studies, Pondicherry University in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India during April 19-21, 2015.
  16. Presented a paper on “India-South Korea Relations,” in a National Seminar on “The Changing Strategic Contours of Asia; Challenges & Opportunities of Act East Policy “organized by Society For Social Empowerment, New Delhi in Collaboration of School of Politics & Public Administration, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh and Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, (MHRD) New Delhi during on 23-24thDecember 2015 at Jiwaji University.
  17. Presented a paper on “India-Japan Relations under the Modi Government,” in a National Seminar on “Reinventing India-East Asia Relations under NDA II- Cultural and Strategic Perspective” on 23-24 September 2016.
  18. Presented a paper on India-Taiwan Relations: An Overview during a Workshop organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan on March 21, 2018.
  19. Attended New Year Party for Taiwan Fellowship scholars on Monday, February 26, 2018. 
  20. Attended the annual feast on 26th of January at NCCU.
  21. Presented a paper on India-US Relations at IDAS, NCCU on May 19, 2018.
  22. Participated as invited guest in an international conference on Promoting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region August 30, 2018.
  23. Attended the Sixth session of “2018 Foreign Scholars Library Curriculum Workshop” August 8, 2018
  24. Participated in 2018 Yushan Forum: Asian Dialogue for Innovation and Progress, October 11-12, 2018 organised by Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation.
  25. Presented a paper on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Implications for India at an international conference for India organised by College of Law and Politics, National Chung Hsing on December 5, 2018.
  26. Presented paper on the Taiwan Factor in China’s Eurasian Policy in an international Webinar organised by Madras University on May 21, 2020.
  27. Participated and presented a paper entitled “The Global Order and India” in a national webinar organised by Chaudhari Bansilal University, Haryana on May 10, 2020.
  28. Presented a paper on “The Tibet Factor in India-China Relations in an International Webinar entitled "Relevance of Tibet in Asian Security Architecture, “organised by Society for Social Empowerment, New Delhi on August 11, 2020.
  29. Delivered an invited talk on India-China Relations: The Contours of Turbulent History organised by Muzaffarpur University, Bihar on July 18, 2020.