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Rudra Chaudhuri is a senior lecturer at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London (currently on research leave). In addition, he is the founding director of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Diplomatic Academy for South Asia. He is also the Director of Carnegie India.

He is the author of Forged in Crisis: India and the United States Since 1947 (published in the UK by Hurst, in 2013, and in the US and South Asia by Oxford University Press and Harper Collins, respectively, in 2014). His research has been published in scholarly journals such as International History Review, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Journal of Strategic Studies, International Affairs, the RUSI Journal, Defense Studies, and other academic and policy-focused journals. He is an occasional commentator in the media.

He is also a visiting professor of international relations at Ashoka University, New Delhi. He previously taught at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. He holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

Rudra Chaudhuri is the Director of Carnegie India where he organizes and hosts 'India and the World', a series of webinars that feature academics, experts, and crucial stakeholders as they examine the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for India's engagement with the world. The series covers discussions on key issues such as the future of global finance and the challenges and opportunities stemming from the coronavirus pandemic for India's foreign policy.


Research Interests

  • 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

His primary research focuses on the diplomatic history of South Asia and contemporary security issues. He is currently writing a book on the global history of the Indian Emergency, 1975-1977. At present, he is also heading a major research project that involves mapping and analysing violent incidents and infrastructural development on and across India’s borders.


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