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Dr. Raghav Sharma 

Dr. Raghav Sharma

Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Afghanistan Studies (CAS)

B.A. (Hons.); M.A. (University of Delhi);

M.A. (Central European University);

Ph.D. (University of Erfurt)

Office Hours: Tuesday: 12:00–14:00 hrs

Dr. Raghav Sharma is Associate Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs. Prior to this, he has taught in the Conflict Studies and Management Program and the Good Governance Afghanistan Program at the Willy Brandt School Of Public Policy, University of Erfurt. He has also been associated with the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi in the capacity as a Visiting Associate Fellow where he led two Research Projects on Indian membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and examining the Indian and Chinese roles in Central Asia. Both projects were commissioned by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. As Research Officer at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies he published extensively on issues of strategic importance for Afghanistan and Central Asia.

He has also been associated with the development sector having worked and traveled extensively across Afghanistan in his capacity as an International Humanitarian aid worker and having undertaken consultancies for the Aga Khan Foundation and Community World Services in Kabul. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science with a specialization in Conflict Studies from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, a graduate degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University, Budapest.

Ethno-political conflicts Geo-politics of South and Central Asia. Internal social and political dynamics of Afghanistan


Nation Ethnicity and the Conflict in Afghanistan: Political Islam and the Rise of Ethno-Politics (1992-1996) , Routledge, London UK, 2016 

“Pakistan as a Nation State and Flag Bearer of Islam” |  VDM Verlag Publications, Saarbrucken, Germany

2009 (ISBN: 978-3639120561)

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

“Afghanistan’s Ethno-Political Challenges: A Case for Federal Arrangements” | in Arpita Basu and Srimanti Sarkar ed., The Political Future of Afghanistan: Issues and Perspectives, Knowledge World Publishers, New Delhi, 2016

“India-Afghanistan Relations” | in David Scott ed., a Handbook on India’s International Relations, Routledge, London

2011 (ISBN: 978-1-85743-552-8)

“India-Afghanistan Relations: Steady Progress amidst Instability” | in D. Suba Chandran and Jabin T. Jacob (eds.), India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges, New Delhi: Macmillan (ISBN: 978-0230332300)


“India-Central Asia Relations: Falling Short of Expectations” |   in D. Suba Chandran and Jabin T. Jacob (eds.), India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges, New Delhi: Macmillan (ISBN: 978-0230332300)


Co- Author- “Connecting South Asia: A Roadmap for New Roads” |   in D. Suba Chandran and Jabin T. Jacob (eds.), India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges, New Delhi: Macmillan (ISBN: 978-0230332300)


“Sectarian Violence in Pakistan” |   in PR Chari and D Suba Chandran (eds.), Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2009, Routledge Press (ISBN: 978-0-415-56444-1)


Journal Articles, Magazine & Newspaper Articles:

“The Long Read: What Next for the US–Taliban Peace Deal” | The Asia Dialogue, 08 April 2020, University of Nottingham, UK

“Afghanistan: Discerning China’s Westward March” |   in Asian Affairs, October 2019,  Routledge, London

Book Review: Afghanistan: Power Configurations and Evolving Trajectories “ | Indian Council of World Affairs, Routledge, 2017, New Delhi

” China’s Afghanistan Policy: Slow Recalibration “ | China Report, SAGE, 2010, New Delhi

US Pins its Hopes on ‘good’ Jihadi’s, | *The Pioneer*

October 2008

India’s Disaster Relief Diplomacy | Indian Journal of Foreign Affairs (issn: 0973-3248)

July 2009

China’s Rising Profile in Central Asia | Dialogue Quarterly, Vol.11 No 4

April-June 2008

China’s Afghan Policy: Slow Recalibration | China Report, Sage Publications

April 2010

Conferences and Workshops

Antardharmik Sangam| Inter–faith Peacebuilding Workshop, United Religions Initiative & Banaras Hindu University Banaras, India

November 2019

Afghanistan: Analyzing Impending Developments| India International Centre, New Delhi, India

September 2019

Afghanistan and Geo–politics of the Sub–Continent| ACKU Afghanistan Studies Conference, Kabul, Afghanistan

August 2019

The Changing Landscape of Higher Education in Afghanistan|Organized Higher Academics in South Asia: Changing Perspectives, Sarsuna, India

February 2019

Keynote Address| International Seminar on Identity, History and Narrative in Contemporary Afghan Literature, Department of English, Guahati University, Delhi, India

November 2017

Khanabadosh: Experiences and Implications of the Afghan Refugee Experience in India| Afghanistan: Views from Inside and Outside, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

February 2018

Afghan Refugees in India| International Conference on Peace and Conflict Studies: Perspectives from the Global South, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany

May 2018

Old Neighbours, New Friends? China’s Calibrated Pivot to Afghanistan| India–Afghanistan Cultural Week, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, New Delhi, India

November 2017

 From Crossroads to the Periphery: Ebb and Flow of Cultural Currents between Afghanistan and the Indian Sub–Continent|International Conference on Indo–Afghan Relations: Evaluating Development and Strategic Partnership, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India

March 2017

Incubators of Violent Extremism? Armed Conflict and Social Change in the Afghanistan–Pakistan Borderland| Frontier Gandhi: A Messiah for Peace, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

April 2016

The Triadic Nexus at Work| Transylvanian Political Science Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

May 2015

Paper Title: Historical Drivers of the Conflict in Afghanistan (1992-1996)

International Seminar on Ethnicity, Identity and Literature | The Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam, India

October 2012

Paper Title: Considerations Concerning Nation and Ethnicity in Afghanistan 

The Second India-China Dialogue on Evolving Security Environment in the Af-Pak Region | Pakistan Studies Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

August 2012 

Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity: Building Solidarity an Protecting Difference: Meeting Central Tensions in Contemporary Societies | Middle East Technical University, Cyprus

July 2012

Paper Title: Federal Arrangements: An Institutional Framework for Managing Afghanistan’s Ethno-Political Challenges.

From Bonn’01 to Bonn’11: Debating Afghanistan’s Political Future | Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi  

February 2011

Paper Title: Afghanistan’s Ethno-Political Challenges: A Case for Federalism August 2011

Paper Title: Current Developments in Afghanistan