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PhD Students

Chietigj Bajpaee


Research Interests

  • Indian and Chinese foreign and security policies
  • Strategic culture and regional security architecture in Asia
  • Insurgencies and  terrorist movements in Asia
  • Maritime and energy security in Asia
  • Political economy of Asia


The Sino-Indian relationship in a regional context: The ‘China factor’ in the evolution of India’s ‘Look East’ policy


Primary Supervisor: Dr. Alessio Patalano

Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Harsh Pant


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

He was principal analyst for Asia in the Political Analysis team at Statoil, a Norwegian energy company. He has also worked with several political risk consultancies and public policy think-tanks. He was a senior analyst in the Global Risk Analysis department at Control Risks, a London-based political and security consultancy. Prior to this, he worked as a research analyst in the Country Intelligence Group at IHS Global Insight, a macroeconomic research and forecasting company. He has also worked with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., and the Defence Analysis and South Asia programs at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). 

Chietigj was awarded the Joint King’s-National University of Singapore PhD studentship to fund his doctoral studies.


Visiting International Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India, 2013


Conference presentations

  • Preventing the emergence of a ‘nested security dilemma’ in the Asian maritime domain: The case of the Sino-Indian relationship’ Middle East Institute Annual Conference:Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East, National University of Singapore, 29-31 May, 2013.
  • The role of perceptions in shaping the regional security dynamic? Indian perceptions of China’s role in Southeast Asia as a determinant of the emergent framework of regional security cooperation,’ Junior Scholar Symposium (JSS), International Studies Association (ISA) 2013 Convention, San Francisco, USA, 3-6 April, 2013.

  • ‘Energy-maritime security nexus: Threats facing Asia’s maritime domain,’ Asia Energy Security Summit, Independent Power Producers’ Association of India, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 29 February-1 March, 2012.

  • ‘South Asia: Security and Growth,’ Economist Corporate Network: Asian Intelligence Update: ‘Southern Crossroads: What’s next for India and South Asia’s economic growth story’, Hong Kong, June 16, 2011.
  • ‘Mumbai: November 2008: Regional context’, International Security Managers Association (ISMA) Conference, Mumbai, India, May 15, 2009.
  • ‘Mumbai: November 2008: Political and National Security Context’, International SOS Conference, Chatham House, London, UK, January 21, 2009.
  • Energy Security: India’, Bridging Strategic Asia: The United States, Japan, and India, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, USA, June 28-29, 2007.
  • ‘Energy Security’, Harvard College China-India Development and Relations Symposium (CIDRS), Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, New York, USA, March 30-April 2, 2007.
  • ‘The New Asian Great Game: Oil and Gas Dominance in the 21st Century', Asia’s Rising Giants: China and India, Tufts University Cross-Cultural Leadership Symposium, Boston, MA, USA, February 22-25, 2007.
  • ‘The Changing Nature of International Competition for Energy Resources: The Role of Consumer Governments and National Oil Companies’, China, India and the United States: Competition for Energy Resources, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 19-21, 2006
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