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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Dr Sutha Nadarajah

MA, PhD (London)


Sutha Nadarajah
SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Lecturer in International Relations

Dr Sutha Nadarajah
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4464
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday 4-5pm
On Sabbatical:
Research leave 2013/14


Dr. Suthaharan Nadarajah’s research focuses on International Security, International Relations, and global governance. He teaches courses on International Relations, Global Public Policy and Project Management. His research examines how the international community secures itself against emergent threats to international order through global frameworks which combine themes of security, development and liberal governance. He is also studying the role of financial regulation in international stability. His doctoral thesis (completed at SOAS’s Department of Politics and International Studies) used Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and Norwegian-led peace process as case study. He has conducted donor-funded policy research on Sri Lanka’s conflict, terrorism proscriptions, armed groups and war-to-peace transition, diaspora mobilisation, and donor-recipient dialogue for the Asia Foundation, Berghof Foundation and European Commission. Before joining CISD, he lectured in International Security at the University of Sussex. Before undertaking his MA and doctoral research at SOAS, he worked in the corporate sector for ten years at Hewlett Packard, Accenture and Goldman Sachs.


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Hanns Bjoern Kendel, The role of procedure in shaping outcomes - Anti-terrorism trials under Indian Law.
  • Pia Ljungman, Making Money: Remodelling Europe The causes and consequences of the European sovereign debt crisis narrative


International Relations theory, international security; global public policy; North-South relations; civil wars; peace processes; peacebuilding; securitized development; politics of the ‘War on Terror’, international financial regulation.


Book Chapters

Nadarajah, Suthaharan and Sentas, Vicki (2013) 'The Politics of State Crime and Resistance - Self-determination in Sri Lanka.' In: Stanley, Elizabeth and McCulloch, Jude, (eds.), State Crime and Resistance. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 68-83. (Routledge studies in crime and society)

Vimalarajah, Luxshi and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2011) 'Thinking Peace: Revisiting Analysis and Intervention in Sri Lanka.' In: Körppen, Daniella and Ropers, Norbert and Giessman, Hans J., (eds.), The Non-Linearity of Peace Processes: Theory and Practice of Systemic Conflict Transformation. Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Verlag, pp. 129-145.

Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2009) 'Conflict sensitive Aid & Making Liberal Peace.' In: Duffield, Mark and Hewitt, Vernon, (eds.), Empire, Development and Colonialism: The Past in the Present. James Curry, pp. 109-129.

Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2009) 'Disciplining the Diaspora: Tamil Self-Determination and the Politics of Proscription.' In: Ingram, Alan and Dodds, Klaus, (eds.), Spaces of Security and Insecurity: Geographies of the War on Terror. Ashgate, pp. 109-130.


Nadarajah, Suthaharan and Rampton, David (2015) 'The limits of hybridity and the crisis of liberal peace.' Review of International Studies, 41 (01). pp. 49-72.

Laffey, Mark and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2012) 'The Hybridity of Liberal Peace: States, Diasporas and Insecurity.' Security Dialogue, 43 (5). pp. 402-419.

Nadarajah, Suthaharan and Sriskandarajah, Dhananjayan (2005) 'Liberation struggle or terrorism? The politics of naming the LTTE.' Third World Quarterly, 26 (1). pp. 87-100.


Nadarajah, Suthaharan and Vimalarajah, Luxshi (2008) The Politics of Transformation: the LTTE and the 2002-2006 peace process in Sri Lanka. Berghof Transitions Series No. 4. Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management.

Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2005) Sri Lanka's Vernacular Press and the Peace Process. The Asia Foundation.

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