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  • Amb. Phunchok Stobdan

    Senior Fellow
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Ambassador (Prof.) P. Stobdan is a distinguished academician, diplomat, author and foreign policy expert. He has been India’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan until recently. Ambassador Stobdan has earlier served in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). He also served as Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies in Jammu & Kashmir. He is the Founding President of the Ladakh International Centre, Leh. Ambassador Stobdan is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the United Services Institution (USI). Ambassador P. Stobdan is a leading columnist for Indian Express and other national dailies in India.

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    India, Central Asia & the Shanghai Co-operation Organization by P. Stobdan

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    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on China’s plan of Buddhist globalisation, titled ‘As China Pushes for a ‘Buddhist’ Globalisation, India Isn’t Making the Most of Its Legacy’, was published in ‘The wire’ on May 11, 2017.

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      May 11, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Despite the opacity of Central Asian politics, the course of political change in the region is likely to be smooth, which is also essential for peace and stability within and outside Central Asia.

      April 03, 2017
      IDSA Strategic Comments
    • It is time to engage in a dialogue process not just for enhancing strategic trust but also to think more cunningly about how to benefit from China’s riches by gaining access to Chinese credit and technology, and securing markets for Indian products.

      March 21, 2017
      IDSA Strategic Comments
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on Ladakh, titled ‘Optimising Ladakh’s strategic advantage’ was published in The Tribune on December 21, 2016.

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      December 21, 2016
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on Central Asia, titled ‘Connecting with Central Asia’ was published ‘The Pioneer’ on December 20, 2016.

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      December 20, 2016
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on Kashmir, titled ‘Reset J&K, separate Ladakh’ was published in the Sunday Guardian Live on December 17, 2016.

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      December 17, 2016
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on India’s stand on Tibet, titled ‘Is India playing the Tibet card?’ was published by India Today on December 15, 2016.

      December 15, 2016
      IDSA News
    • A lot of literature has appeared in recent years on how Russia and China have come to present a common challenge to the US-led world order. But the author of the book Power Politics: How China and Russia Reshape the World, Rob de Wijk, has propounded a different theory to prove a case rather in an ominous way that the old-style power politics has never gone away from the global scene even after the end of the Cold War.

      Strategic Analysis
    • Senior Fellow, IDSA, Ambassador P Stobdan’s article on India’s policy of promoting India’s rich tradition of Buddhism in a soft-power approach to Asian geopolitics, titled ‘One-off events and ‘competing’ with Chinese Buddhism isn’t the answer. India needs to embrace the spiritual traditions and depth of Buddhism’, was published in ‘The Wire’ on November 29, 2016.

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      November 29, 2016
      IDSA News
    • While it was difficult to delve into the depth of the country’s internal dynamics, the overall impression one got was that the democratic process is making marked progress, albeit as per Uzbekistan’s own political ethos and traditions.

      December 26, 2016
      IDSA Strategic Comments