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Chietigj Bajpaee

PhD Candidate


Chietigj obtained his Master’s degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and completed his undergraduate studies in Economic and Political Science at Wesleyan University and the University of Oxford.

He is Political Risk Advisor for Asia in the Political Analysis team at Equinor (formerly known as Statoil), a Norwegian energy company. He has also worked with several risk consultancies and public policy think-tanks. He was senior analyst in the Global Risk Analysis department at Control Risks. Prior to this, he worked as a research analyst in the Country Intelligence Group at IHS Markit (formerly known as IHS Global Insight). He has also worked in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and the Defence Analysis Programme at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

He was awarded the Joint King’s-National University of Singapore PhD Studentship to fund his doctoral studies and was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, India.

Doctoral Research

The Sino-Indian relationship in a regional context: The ‘China factor’ in India’s ‘Look East’ Policy

Research Interests

India and China’s foreign and security policies and strategic cultures, India’s ‘Look East’/ ‘Act East’ Policy, China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative, ASEAN, Great and middle-power diplomacy in Asia, Asia’s regional security architecture, maritime and energy security


Dr Alessio Patalano  (King’s College London), Dr Chong Ja Ian (National University of Singapore

Selected Publications

  • The ‘China factor’ in India’s Maritime Engagement with Southeast Asia’, e-International Relations, 1 January 2019.
  • ‘De-phasing India’s ‘Look East’/ ‘Act East’ policy’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 39, No. 2, August 2017, pp.348-72.
  • ,‘Modi, India and the Emerging Global Economic Order’, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 9, No. 2. July 2016
  • China-India: Regional Dimensions of the Bilateral Relationship’, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Winter 2015
  • 'Preventing the emergence of a ‘nested security dilemma’ in the Asian maritime domain: the case of the Sino-Indian relationship’, in Nele Lenze and Charlotte Schriwer (eds.) Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East (Singapore: Ashgate, November 2014)
  • Embedding India in Asia: Reaffirming the Indo-Pacific Concept’, Journal of Defence Studies, Volume 8, Issue 4, October-December 2014
  • India-South Korea Relations and the Emerging Regional Architecture,’ Strategic Analysis, Volume 38, Issue 4, July 2014
  • ‘India and Asian Integration: Global recession redefines Asian Values debate,’ in D. Suba Chandran and Jabin T. Jacob (eds.) India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi: Macmillan Publishers, 2011)
  • ‘China-India Relations: Regional Rivalry Takes the World Stage’, China Security, World Security Institute, Issue 17, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2010