SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Sutha Nadarajah

MA, PhD (London)
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Sutha Nadarajah
Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Sutha Nadarajah
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Suthaharan Nadarajah is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations. His research interests are in International Relations theory, international security, and North-South relations, with a focus on contestations inhering in international interventions to secure peace, stability and global order. His current work focusses on international responses to mass atrocities in contexts of counter-insurgency and protracted ethno-political conflict, with empirical reference to Sri Lanka. He has written on liberal order, peacebuilding and securitised development, transnationalised armed conflict, and diasporas in the ‘War on Terror’. He has conducted donor-funded policy research on armed conflict, war-to-peace transitions, terrorism proscriptions, diasporas in peace and conflict dynamics, and donor-recipient dialogue for the Asia Foundation, Berghof Foundation, UK government, and the European Commission.

Previously, Sutha was a Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sussex. He holds an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy and a PhD in International Studies from SOAS University of London. Before entering academia, Sutha worked in the corporate sector for ten years at Hewlett Packard, Accenture and Goldman Sachs.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Dani Solomon , The role of development in the production and contestation of international order
  • 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
  • Mario Arulthas, Transnationalism and the Tamils – Eelam Tamil politics in the post-LTTE context
  • 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
  • Rashid Ansari, The UK’s PREVENT Strategy and state relations with Muslim communities.
  • Stephanie Hale , Global Elite Networks in World Politics

Critical approaches to international order, north-south relations, peace & conflict, War-on-Terror (e.g. Prevent), corporations in world politics, diasporas in world politics, etc, or empirical focus is South Asia.


International Relations theory, international security; North-South relations; civil wars; mass atrocities and genocide; peace processes and peacebuilding; securitized development and counter-insurgency; diasporas; nationalism and liberalism;


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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

Rampton, David and Nadarajah, Suthaharan (2021) 'From the Margins to the Centre: International Relations, the ‘Return’of Nationalism, and Post-War Tamil Mobilisation'. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Tamil Nationhood and Genocide. May 5-6, Ottawa. Ottawa, Canada: Ottawa Tamil Conference Organizing Committee.

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. London, UK: 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, UK: 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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