SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Sutha Nadarajah

MA, PhD (London)
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Sutha Nadarajah
SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Convenor, International Relations 1 & 2, Global Public Policy, Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World, Project Management

Dr Sutha Nadarajah
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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
  • Jonas Mikkelsen, The Role of the Executive Head in Intergovernmental Organizations
  • Leda Betti, Making Cars, Remaking People: the Italian State and the Rescaling of Class Relations in the Fiat-Chrysler Case
  • Neale Vickery, Britain and the United Nations, 1945-1951
  • Pia Ljungman, Making Money: Remodelling Europe The causes and consequences of the European sovereign debt crisis narrative
  • Vino Kanapathipillai, The state-corporate-security nexus.


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.



Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2018) 'The Tamil Proscriptions: Identities, Legitimacies and Situated Practices'. Terrorism and Political Violence, (30) 2, pp 278-297.

Rampton, David and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2016) 'A long view of liberal peace and its crisis'. European Journal of International Relations, (23) 2, pp 441-465.

Nadarajah, Suthaharan and Rampton, David (2015) 'The limits of hybridity and the crisis of liberal peace'. Review of International Studies, (41) 1, 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.

Book Chapters

Laffey, Mark and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2016) 'Securing the diaspora: Policing global order'. In: Hönke, Jana and Muller, Markus-Michael, (eds.), The Global Making of Police: Postcolonial Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 114-131.

Laffey, Mark and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2016) 'Postcolonialism'. In: Collins, Alan, (ed.), Contemporary Security Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 122-138.

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.

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. Melton, Woodbridge: 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. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 109-130.

Monographs and Working Papers

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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