Anum Khan

Anum Khan

Research Associate

Areas of Research

  • Maritime Geostrategies of East Africa & Western Indian Ocean Island States
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Security Studies (Critical Security and Geopolitics)


  • Research Associate, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi (since June 2022)
  • Research Intern, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi (January 2022 – May 2022)
  • Research Intern, Raisina House, New Delhi (July 2021 – Sep 2021)


  • PhD in African Studies, Pursuing: Probable Thesis Topic: ‘Spatial Analysis of Conflict’: A Critical Security Perspective of Violence in Liptako-Gourma Region, Department of African Studies, University of Delhi, New Delhi (Enrolled 2022)
  • MPhil in African Studies (Ambazonia: Nation in the Quest of State: A Case of Conflict Analysis in Cameroon through Subaltern Realism), Department of African Studies, University of Delhi, New Delhi (2021)
  • MA Politics (International and Area Studies), MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (2018)
  • BA (History with Honours), Kalindi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi (2016)


  1. “Spatial Analysis of Conflict: Critical Security Perspective of Violence in Liptako-Gourma Region” for panel “Critical Approaches to Peace and Security” at 64th Annual Convention of International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada on March 18, 2023.
  2. “Foraging Lessons of Africa’s Maritime Security from 2050 AIMS: Laying tracks from Strategy to Solutions” at 1st International Conference on Security Studies titled Emerging Geo-political and Security concerns of the Indo-Pacific, organised by Center for Security Studies, Jindal School of International Affairs on February 11, 2023.
  3. “A Focus on Abyei: Critical Geopolitics on Conflict Essentialism” for panel “Global South Perspectives II: Political Violence and Peace-making”, at International Studies Association Annual Conference 2022, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (Virtual) on March 29, 2022.
  4. “Women in Artisanal Mines and Resolution 1325: Hidden face of Conflict in Africa”, Virtual International Conference organised by International Studies Association Regional (ISA – West), Paper Presented on September 23, 2021.
  5. “Ambazonia Crisis: The Question of Statehood” Democracy, Identity and Power, at IAPPS (International Association of Political Science Students) Virtual World Congress May 2021.
  6. “Covid 19 and Conflicts in Africa: A Study of Cumulative Challenges”, Africa’s Battle against Pandemic Covid – 19: Response and Challenges, at the young scholars International Conference organised by India Africa Knowledge Forum (IAKF).


All Publications



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  1. Anum Khan, “Ambazonia: A Breakaway Anglophone Statehood,” The, May 28, 2021, URL:
  2. Anum Khan, “Seize the Conflict! Africa’s Obnoxious Partner in the Pandemic,” Raisina House, August 30, 2021, URL:
  3. Anum Khan, “Culture as a Mode of Resistance,” Raisina House, October 4, 2021, URL: