Dr Avinash Paliwal
- Department of Politics and International Studies Reader in International Relations
- Department of Politics and International Studies
- BA (Hons)(Delhi); MA, PhD (KCL)
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Email address
- Telephone number
- +44 (0) 20 7898 4454
- Support hours
- Term 2: Wednesdays 11:00am -1:00pm
Avinash is Reader in International Relations. Previous to this he was the deputy director of the SOAS South Asia Institute, taught Defence Studies at King’s College London, and was the Defence Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, also at King’s.
He specialises in the International Relations of South Asia. His first book, My Enemy’s Enemy – India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal was published by Hurst and Oxford University Press (2017). It details India’s role in Afghanistan during and after the Cold War. His forthcoming book, India’s Near East – A New History (Hurst, 2024) unpacks India’s faltering attempts to exert control over its eastern hinterland and the neighbouring states of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Avinash holds an MA and PhD in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in Economic from the University of Delhi. Formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, he briefly worked as a foreign affairs journalist before entering academia.