SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Avinash Paliwal

BA (Hons)(Delhi); MA, PhD (KCL)
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Avinash Paliwal
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

SOAS South Asia Institute

Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr Avinash Paliwal
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Avinash is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute. Previous to this he taught Defence Studies at King’s College London and was the Defence Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Regional Security Research Centre at King's.

Avinash specialises in foreign and security policy analysis with regional focus on South Asia, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. His book, My Enemy’s Enemy - India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal, details India’s role in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion to the US withdrawal. His current research is focused on India’s foreign policymaking processes towards Myanmar since Independence (1947). 

He holds an MA and PhD in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Delhi. Formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, Avinash worked as a foreign affairs journalist before entering academia.  



Authored Books

Paliwal, Avinash (2017) My Enemy's Enemy: India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal. London: Hurst.


Paliwal, Avinash (2022) 'Colonial Sinews of Postcolonial Espionage: India and the Making of Ghana’s External Intelligence Agency, 1958-61'. The International History Review, (44) 4, pp 914-934.

Paliwal, Avinash (2022) 'Politics, Strategy, and State Responses to Conflict Generated Migration: Evidence from India'. Journal of Global Security Studies, (7) 1.

Paliwal, Avinash (2020) '"How Many Miles Make an Inch?": Centre-State Relations and the 1967 India-Burma Boundary Agreement'. India Review, (18) 5, pp 596-612.

Paliwal, Avinash (2020) '‘A cat’s paw of Indian reactionaries?’ Strategic Rivalry and Domestic Politics at the India-China-Myanmar Tri-junction'. Asian Security, (16) 1, pp 73-89.

Paliwal, Avinash (2019) 'A Cautious Balance - Explaining India’s Approach towards Afghanistan’s Peace Process'. Asian Security, (16) 2, pp 263-280.

Paliwal, Avinash (2015) 'India's Taliban Dilemma - To Engage or to Contain?'. Journal of Strategic Studies, (40) 1-2, pp 35-67.

Paliwal, Avinash (2015) 'Afghanistan's India-Pakistan Dilemma - Advocacy Coalitions in Weak States'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (29) 2, pp 465-491.

Edited Books or Journals

Raghavan, Pallavi and Bayly, Martin J. and Leake, Elisabeth and Paliwal, Avinash, (eds.), (2022) The Limits of Decolonisation in India’s International Thought and Practice: An Introduction. London: Taylor and Francis. (The International History Review, Vol. 44, no. 4).

Blarel, Nicolas and Paliwal, Avinash, (eds.), (2020) Opening the Black Box - The Making of India's Foreign Policy. India Review: India Review.

Book Chapters

Pant, Harsh V. and Paliwal, Avinash (2018) 'Foreign Policy Analysis and Indian Foreign Policy'. In: Pant, Harsh V., (ed.), New Directions in India's Foreign Policy - Theory and Praxis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 106-124.

Paliwal, Avinash (2016) 'Afghanistan-India Relations: Normative Sources of Bilateral Ties'. In: Ogden, Chris, (ed.), New South Asian Security: Six Core Relations. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.

Paliwal, Avinash (2016) 'Afghanistan's India-Pakistan Dilemma: A Balancing Act?'. In: Pant, Harsh V., (ed.), Afghanistan's Regional Dilemmas: South Asia and Beyond. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.

Paliwal, Avinash (2016) 'Pakistan-Afghan Relations Since 2001: There are no Endgames'. In: Jaffrelot, Christophe, (ed.), Pakistan at the Crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures. New York: Columbia University Press, pp 191-218.

Book Reviews

Paliwal, Avinash (2017) 'Reimagining Afghanistan'. International Affairs, (93) 3, pp 701-707.


Paliwal, Avinash (2017) 'Filling the Capability Deficit'.

Paliwal, Avinash (2013) 'Securing Afghanistan: Historic Sources of India's Contemporary Challenge' ORD Occasional Paper #43.

Paliwal, Avinash (2011) 'Silent Game: China's Engagement in Afghanistan' ORF Issue Brief #31.


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