Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Senior Fellow for South Asia


  • Politics and security
  • India and South Asia
  • Indian political, foreign and security policy; India–Pakistan–Afghanistan relations; the Indian Navy and the Indian Ocean; counter-extremism and counter-terrorism; military and nuclear.

Languages: English

Summary: Rahul Roy-Chaudhury heads the South Asia programme at the IISS. He publishes on regional security and stability, provides select policy-relevant talks and briefings, and organises several ‘track 1.5’ meetings. These involve top South Asian government and intelligence officials on regional stability, nuclear doctrines and India’s foreign policy, and take place annually in Muscat, Bahrain, New Delhi, Islamabad and London.


  • 2003–2008: Research Fellow for South Asia, IISS
  • 2002–2003: Senior Research Fellow, International Policy Institute, King’s College, London
  • 2000–2002: Deputy Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, India
  • 1991–2000: Research Assistant/Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, India

Selected Publications:

  • ‘India and Afghanistan’ in Shaun Gregory (ed.), Afghanistan in Regional Context: Insights from Regional States (Durham University, May 2016)
  • ‘India's Perspectives: Tensions and Talks’ in Shaun Gregory (ed.), Democratic Transition and Security in Pakistan (Routledge, Oxford, November 2015)
  • ‘Modi's Approach to China and Pakistan’ in François Godement (ed.), What does India think? (European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), November 2015)
  • ‘India: Gulf Security Partner in Waiting?’ in Toby Dodge and Emile Hokayem (ed.), Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS (Adelphi Book 447-448: Routledge for the IISS, 2014)

About the South Asia Programme:

The IISS South Asia Programme researches regional security issues, publishes policy relevant analysis and assessments, and organises conferences and workshops that bring together senior officials from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan along with influential experts for off-the-record discussions. 

Joined IISS: October 2003

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IISS Manama Dialogue 2017

India in the Gulf

IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia Rahul Roy-Chaudhury speaks at the 2017 IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.