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Arijit Mazumdar

Professor of Political Science
University of St. Thomas

Arijit Mazumdar, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. His research interests include domestic politics and international relations of Asia, (particularly India, China, and Pakistan), Indian foreign policy, and India’s internal wars (insurgencies and terrorism). His book titled Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia was published by Routledge in 2015. His work has also been published in several journals.

Biography

Arijit Mazumdar, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He joined the Political Science department in September 2008. He teaches courses in Asian politics, comparative foreign policy and developing world politics and government. His research interests include domestic politics and international relations of Asia, (particularly India, China, and Pakistan), Indian foreign policy, and India’s internal wars (insurgencies and terrorism). His book titled Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia was published by Routledge in 2015. His work has also been published in several peer-reviewed journals, namely Asian Affairs, Asian Affairs: An American Review, Asian Profile, Asian Survey, Contemporary Politics, Economic and Political Weekly, India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, Indian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Strategic Analysis, and The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    •       Indian foreign policy
    •       India's internal wars
    •       Politics and International Relations of Asia

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Books

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Articles

Asian Affairs: An American Review

Democracy promotion in India's foreign policy: Emerging trends and developments


Published: Jun 09, 2015 by Asian Affairs: An American Review
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar & Erin Statz

This article identifies the specific ways in which India has engaged in democracy promotion and support abroad in recent times. Its desire to improve its relationship with the United States and enhance its status as an emerging power, rather than any idealistic commitment to democracy, may help explain this behavior. As such, there are elements of both continuity and change observed regarding the issue of democracy promotion in India's foreign policy.

Strategic Analysis

Left-wing extremism and counterinsurgency in India: The ‘Andhra Model’


Published: Aug 02, 2013 by Strategic Analysis
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

In recent times, the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has achieved notable success in counterinsurgency operations against the largest and most powerful left-wing extremist group, the Communist Party of India (CPI) (Maoist). This article outlines the ‘Andhra model’, which involves a mix of security, development and political approaches. It also examines whether this model can be replicated in other Indian states affected by left-wing extremism.

Contemporary Politics

India's South Asia policy in the twenty-first century


Published: Sep 01, 2012 by Contemporary Politics
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

Maintaining regional supremacy and stability and denying extra-regional actors a military foothold in South Asia have long been key objectives of India's regional policy. However, during the past decade, India appeared to draw away from overt interventionist policies with regard to Sri Lanka and Nepal. Notwithstanding India's apparent shift in behaviour, these actions do not represent a fundamental change in the country's traditional policy towards the region.

Journal of Asian and African Studies

Indian general elections 2009: The myth of the ‘national’ verdict


Published: Nov 16, 2011 by Journal of Asian and African Studies
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

This article argues that the results of the Indian General Elections, 2009, emphasize continuity more than change. Regional political parties, local-level issues and identity-based politics remain significant. The verdict represents a confirmation of established patterns of electoral politics in India and not a break with the recent past.

India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs

India’s search for a post-Cold War foreign policy: Domestic constraints and obst


Published: Jan 06, 2011 by India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

This article identifies some of the domestic factors that hampered the development of a post-Cold War ‘grand strategy’. It argues that the emergence of coalition governments at the national level since the early 1990s, the country’s federal structure, weaknesses in India’s foreign policy institutions and the lack of a strategic culture within the country together constrain India’s search for a post-Cold War foreign policy.

Asian Profile

Two decades of coalition politics in India: Continuity and change


Published: Jan 01, 2011 by Asian Profile
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

Since the 1990s, the dominant party system in India under the Indian National Congress (INC) party has been replaced by a truly multi-party system and coalition politics. This article examines the trends and transformations in Indian politics during the second decade of coalition era, i.e., the post-1999 period, and compares it with the first decade to identify elements of continuity and change.

Indian Journal of Political Science

Deregulation of the airline industry in India: Issues, causes and rationale


Published: Jan 01, 2009 by Indian Journal of Political Science
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

This study examines the factors that motivated the India to deregulate its airline industry. It documents the changes in the regulatory system and analyzes the rationale behind the policies adopted by the government. It is concluded that the factors that motivated the government to deregulate the airline industry include the desire to promote economic development, the desire to improve air services and the international trend towards liberalized airline competition.

Asian Profile

India-China relations: Enduring rivalry


Published: Jan 01, 2008 by Asian Profile
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

This paper argues that relations between India and China in the twenty-first century will continue to be fractious and marked more by rivalry and competition than co-operation. The current phase of thaw in relations between the two states will be short-lived because both states have conflicting interests and goals at the regional and global level.

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research

Some limitations to the success of the low-cost carrier business model in India


Published: Jan 01, 2008 by World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

This paper argues that the success of the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) business model in India is limited by three exogenous factors – the lack of the concept of secondary airports, the route dispersal guidelines, and the excessively high costs of Aircraft Turbine Fuel (ATF). These factors are unique to India and a direct result of the flawed policies is adopted by the government. These policies also indicate the extent to which air transport in India is still regulated.

Economic and Political Weekly

India-China border dispute: Centrality of Tibet


Published: Oct 14, 2006 by Economic and Political Weekly
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

One of the primary reasons for the failure of India and China to reach an understanding on their border dispute is the issue of Tibet and its influence on India-China relations. An appreciation of the significance of Tibet helps clarify the context of the politics associated with the border dispute and demonstrates why the issue remains intractable.

Himal Southasian

Budget air travel, present and future


Published: Jan 01, 2006 by Himal Southasian
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

With the advent of budget airlines, air travel in India has transformed beyond recognition. The extension of low-cost air routes across Southasian frontiers has become a tantalising possibility.

Asian Profile

India-Pakistan relations: A strategic shift


Published: Jan 01, 2006 by Asian Profile
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

Normalization of relations between India and Pakistan appears increasingly likely because there is a unique convergence of international and domestic factors favoring it. These factors have motivated both states to make a serious attempt to improve the nature of their relationship. This paper will illustrate the different factors responsible for the current thaw in relations and demonstrate why the convergence of these factors may be termed significant and unprecedented.

Asian Survey

Bhutan's military action against Indian insurgents


Published: Jan 08, 2005 by Asian Survey
Authors: Arijit Mazumdar

This article describes the December 2003 Bhutanese military action against northeast Indian insurgent groups that had set up camps in Bhutan. It analyzes the reasons why Bhutan was forced to deal with this problem and places its actions in the context of domestic politics and foreign relations.