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Rudra Chaudhuri

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri


Senior Lecturer in South Asian Security & Strategic Studies

Contact Details:

Tel: +44 (0)  20 7848 7191


Address: Dept of War Studies / India Institute

King’s College London

Strand, London WC2R 2LS 

Office Hours in 2017-18: Thursday 10am-12noon or by appointment


I joined the department in September 2009 having previously taught at the UK Joint Services and Command and Staff College. In September 2012, my position as a Lecturer was divided between War Studies and the India Institute at King’s. Currently, I am the Program Director for the MA South Asia and Global Security core and optional course offered by both the War Studies Department and the India Institute. In the main, I am interested in the diplomatic and contemporary history of South Asia and specifically India. I completed my BA at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, MA at Exeter, and PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.   

Together with colleagues in the department (principally Anatol Lieven and Theo Farrell) and the India Institute (Sunil Khilnani and Srinath Raghavan) I have served as a consultant to British Commanders in Afghanistan, worked closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Program Director for confidential stakeholder conferences and workshops focussing 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 FCO and the ESRC totalling nearly £300k. In addition, I am the Program Manager for a series of tailored Executive Education modules and Knowledge Transfer Workshops offered and delivered principally to the FCO and other government agencies in Europe, India and elsewhere. 

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 

Taught Courses:

MA: South Asia and Global Security 

• BA 2: War and Global Conflict in the Contemporary World

• BA 1: Contemporary Security Issues 

Public Engagement:

I have worked both alone and with a variety of teams (with colleagues across disciplines, universities, and government departments) to help socialise ideas and contest ‘popular’ debates in and through public forums. Such activities include informing and being part of public discussions by way of television interviews or authoring opinion pieces (I write a monthly column for The Telegraph in India), organising and leading Knowledge Transfer Projects with and for government agencies and universities in the UK and India, managing funded projects to encourage public interaction, and speaking and lecturing at invite-only workshops and events. 

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