Senior Fellow
World Policy Institute

Areas of Expertise
Non-state Actors, Multilateralism and Regionalism in  United Nations Diplomacy, Disarmament, Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian Affairs, International Affairs, International Organizations, Maritime Piracy and Law of the Sea, Civilians and Armed Conflict, International Terrorism and Conventional Weapons.

Region of Focus
With political theory, international law and international organizations as its academic hooks, her regional focus is on current issues of cross cutting concern for international security and the United Nations.

Starting her career in India as the Deputy Director of Indian Council of Social Science research, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses when she joined the UN Secretariat in 1980. Chief of the Conventional Arms Branch in the Department of Disarmament Affairs, Focal Point for Secretary General Kofi Annan’s system wide Coordination of Action on Small Arms, Member of Under Secretary General Marrack Goulding’s Working Group on Early Warning, Executive Secretary of Director-General Jean Ripert’s High Level Inter -Agency Task Force on Disarmament and Development and Deputy Chief of the Monitoring and Analyses Branch in the Department of Disarmament Affairs are among high points of her long career at the United Nations. A Senior Adviser to UN Missions and capitals, a guest instructor at Columbia, Yale, Johns Hopkins and New York University, she was a Senior Program Adviser and Focal Point for South Asia for Oceans Beyond Piracy until 2015. She continues to be an expert invitee by BBC, Voice of America, ZTV and Vision of Asia and a mentor for Women’s Foreign Policy Forum.

Recent Publications
Global Catastrophic Risks 2017, War Avoidance Strategies of Civil Society Organizations, Re-Visiting Marine Biodiversity Treaty, Who Would Pay for SDG’s 2030, ISI as a Spoiler for UN Peacekeepers in the Middle East, Doctrinal Resilience and Strategic Autonomy, Non-State Actors and Terropiracy are among the issues she has written about and addressed recently..

Recent ACUNS Activity
Wrote the center fold article for the ACUNS Newsletter, the book review of Strategies for War Avoidance and participated in ACUNS led/ sponsored events/ consultations in New York. Continues to represent ACUNS in NY based events as and when requested.

A Presidential Gold Medalist for Masters in Political Science and a Ph.D in international affairs from Jawaharlal University, she has received over a dozen awards and honors for academic and professional excellence.

Updated October, 2017