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. “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.
  2. “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 23 Sept 2021.
  3. “Ambazonia Crisis: The Question of Statehood” Democracy, Identity and Power, at IAPPS (International Association of Political Science Students) Virtual World Congress May 2021.
  4. “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



Author: The expression “Vanilla Islands” is a colloquialism that has been gaining currency since 2010 and is used to collectively describe a group of six exotic island-States (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, and Seychelles) that are strategically located in the western Indian Ocean.  Basic maritime geographical statistics of these island-States are tabulated in Table 1: Of […]
  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: