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Dr Rudra Chaudhuri joined the Department of War Studies in September 2009, having previously taught at the UK Joint Services and Command and Staff College. In September 2012, his position as a lecturer was divided between the Department of War Studies and King's India Institute.

He completed a BA at St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, a MA at Exeter, and a PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.  

He has served as a consultant to British Commanders in Afghanistan. He also worked closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Programme Director for confidential stakeholder conferences and workshops focusing on the economic and political future of Afghanistan, India-Pakistan relations, and the thorny issue of reconciliation with the Taliban. Such activities were supported by grants provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Economic and Social Research Council.


  • Strategic theory and culture
  • Strategic, diplomatic and economic history of South Asia (post-1945)
  • History and practice of intelligence in South Asia
  • Contemporary history of Afghanistan
  • Domestic politics and foreign policy

Rudra's research interests include the diplomatic and contemporary history of South Asia, specifically India. He is working on a history of India and the world since 1919. 



 Further details

See Rudra's research profile