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Recollecting Pasts and Looking at the Future; How Ethnic Identities Get Shaped
Dr Namrata Goswami

Dr. Namrata Goswami is an independent strategic analyst, author and consultant on space policy, great power politics, and ethnic conflicts.  After earning her Ph.D. in international relations, she served for nearly a decade as Research Fellow at India’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) sponsored think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, working on ethnic conflicts in India’s Northeast, counter-terrorism and China-India border conflict.  Her research and expertise generated opportunities for collaborations abroad, and she accepted visiting fellowships at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway; the La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; and the University of Heidelberg, Germany.  In 2012, she was selected to serve as a Jennings-Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington D.C. where she studied India-China border issues, and was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship that same year. Shortly after establishing her own strategy and policy consultancy in 2016 after relocating to the U.S., she won the prestigious MINERVA grant awarded by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (OSD) to study great power competition in the grey zone of outer space. In 2017, she was awarded a contract with Joint Special Forces University (JSOU) to write a monograph on ISIS in Asia. The monograph has since been published and can be found here: https://jsou.libguides.com/c.php?g=83714&p=5622417

In April 2019, Dr. Goswami testified before the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s space program. With expertise in international relations, ethnic conflicts, counter insurgency, wargaming, scenario building, and conflict resolution, she has been asked to consult for audiences across the globe, from academia to policy-makers. She was the first representative from South Asia chosen to participate in the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) ‘Emerging Security Challenges Working Group.’  She also received the Executive Leadership Certificate sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Defense University (NDU), and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). Currently, she is working on a book on “Great Power Space Resource Ambitions in Outer-Space” to be published by Lexington Press, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.

The Naga Ethnic Movement for a Separate Homeland is available at https://originindia.oup.com/product/the-naga-ethnic-movement-for-a-separate-homeland-9780190121174

Photo above: Author with Cherokee elder in Cherokee, North Carolina, August 18, 2013.

This article was first published in Live Encounters Magazine, August 2016.


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