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Dr Rishika Chauhan

MacArthur funded Post-Doctoral Researcher

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security


Dr Rishika Chauhan is a MacArthur funded Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), King’s College London. Her research focuses on sanctions and non-proliferation, with an emphasis on the Indian and Chinese perspectives.

She has held teaching and research positions at the University of Delhi, the Observer Research Foundation, the Indian Pugwash Society, Boston University, and Yale-NUS College. She has worked as a Visiting Scholar at the India Centre of China West Normal University and as a contributing writer for Asia Pacific Daily. She has a doctorate in Diplomacy and Disarmament, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is also an alumnus of Wilson Centre’s International Nuclear History Boot Camp, and Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Institute.

Dr Chauhan has received scholarships from the Government of India’s Indian Council of Social Science Research, Mandarin Learning Scholarship from the Government of China, and grants from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Political Science Association (IPSA), and International Studies Association, among others.


  • Nonproliferation and sanctions
  • Indian and Chinese perspectives on sanctions
  • Nuclear politics
  • Indian foreign policy
  • Rising powers perspectives on international relations


Book chapters

'From pessimism to accommodation: India’s stand and practice on unilateral sanctions’, in Charlotte Beaucillon (Eds.), Research Handbook on Unilateral and Extraterritorial Sanctions, (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd), 2021

Differences not Disputes: India’s View of the Border after 1962’, in Kanti Bajpai, Manjari Chatterjee Miller and Selina Ho, (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on China-India Relations (Routledge), 2020

Sanctions and Emerging Powers: Examining the Indian and Chinese Stand’, in Teh-Kuang Chang and Angelin Chang (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Asia in World Politics, (Routledge), 2017

India–Japan Strategic Partnership: Steady Advance amidst Enduring Constraints’, in Rohan Mukherjee and Anthony Yazaki (Eds.), Poised for Partnership: Deepening the Japan-India Partnership, (Oxford University Press), India, 2016 (co-authored with C Raja Mohan)


'Why India and China Won’t Sanction Russia,' The National Interest, May 11, 2022

Adapting India, Accommodating United States: A Case of Iranian Sanctions’, Foreign Policy, October 24, 2015

China and India Aren't Afraid to Use Money as a Weapon’, The National Interest, December 14, 2016

Flexing Economic Muscle,’ India in Transition, Centre for The Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pennsylvania, June 19, 2017

Decoding India’s Stand on International Sanctions’, India in Transition, Centre for The Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pennsylvania, December 15, 2014.


India and International Sanctions: Delhi’s Role as a Sanctioner’, Issue Brief no. 58, Observer Research Foundation, September 2013

Modi’s Foreign Policy: Focus on the Diaspora’, Institute of South Asian Studies Working Paper No. 204, National University of Singapore, April 11, 2015 (co-authored with C. Raja Mohan).

Modi and Buddhism: Between Cultural and Faith-Based Diplomacy’, Occasional Paper no.77, Observer Research Foundation, November 2015