Ritika V Kapoor

Ritika V Kapoor

Former Research Associate

Areas of Research

  • Multilateral Constructs in the Indian Ocean Region
  • Maritime Cooperation in the Bay of Bengal
  • India’s maritime relations with Sri Lanka and the Maldives
  • SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region)


  • Research Intern, Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi & Mumbai)
  • Research Intern, ActionAid India


  • Master’s in Public Policy, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai
  • B.A. (Honors) in Economics, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  • DELF A2 , Alliance Française de Delhi
  • Diploma in French language, Alliance Française de Delhi


  1. “India-Thailand Cooperation under BIMSTEC”, International Seminar on BIMSTEC: Constructing New Pathways in the Context of Rising Asia, organised by the UGC Centre for Maritime Studies, Pondicherry University in collaboration with Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata, at Pondicherry, 11-12 February 2020.
  2. “India’s Neighbourhood First Policy vis-à-vis Sri Lanka”, at the Foreign Policy Dialogue 2019, organised by the Foreign Policy Research Centre, at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi, 16 November 2019.
  3. “Evolving Geopolitics in the IOR: China’s Sea Power Enhancement in Sri Lanka: A Case Study of the Hambantota Port Project”, at the 6th edition of “Dilli Series” Sea Power Seminar, organised by the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala,17-18 October 2019.
  4. “Avenues and Challenges in Cooperative Maritime Development: An Indian Perspective”, at the second NMF-Pathfinder Foundation Dialogue, organised by the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi 2-3 July 2019.
  5. “Maritime Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal: Viable Solutions”, at the inaugural NMF-BIMRAD Dialogue, organised by the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, 20-21 June 2019.
  6. “India – Sri Lanka Relations: Battling Rights over Katchatheevu” and “The Indian Ocean Diplomacy” as part of ORF – Jai Hind College Lectures Series, at Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, November 2018.


  1. Ritika V Kapoor. “Significance of the Maldives to India.” National Maritime Foundation, April 9, 2020. https://maritimeindia.org/significance-of-the-maldives-to-india/
  2. Ritika V Kapoor. “Climate Change Vulnerabilities of the Maldives: Implications for India.” National Maritime Foundation, April 3, 2020. https://maritimeindia.org/climate-change-vulnerabilities-of-the-maldives-implications-for-inidia/
  3. Ritika V Kapoor. “Reinvigorating India-Maldives Maritime Cooperation Amidst the Growing Sino-Indo Strategic Competition in the Indian Ocean Region.” National Maritime Foundation, September 12, 2019. https://maritimeindia.org/reinvigorating-india-maldives-maritime-cooperation-amidst-the-growing-sino-indo-strategic-competition-in-the-indian-ocean-region/
  4. Ritika V Kapoor. “India’s Maldivian Rapprochement.” National Maritime Foundation, June, 24, 2019. https://maritimeindia.org/indias-maldivian-rapprochement/
  1. Nitin Agarwala and Ritika V Kapoor, “India-Sri Lanka Engagement under India’s Neighbourhood First Policy,” FPRC Journal 40, No 4 (Special Issue, November 2019): 39-45, ISSN 2277 – 2464
  2. Ritika V Kapoor. 2019. “Evolving Geopolitics in the IOR: A Case Study of the Hambantota Port Project.” In Proceedings of the sixth edition of Dilli Series Sea Power Seminar, December 2019, 95-105. ISBN: 978-93-5396-142-8. Ezhimala, Kerala: Indian Naval Academy.
  3. Ritika V Kapoor. 2020. “Sea Wall in the Maldives and its Sustainability,” Geography and You 20, No. 146: 44-50.
  • Online Articles
  1. Ritika V Kapoor. “A Gordian Knot for India and China: Foreign Policy Implications of Rajapaksa’s Return.” The Geopolitics, November 28, 2018. https://thegeopolitics.com/a-gordian-knot-for-india-and-china-foreign-policy-implications-of-rajapaksas-return/
  2. Ritika V Kapoor. “Reviving Indo-Lanka Relations: Reigning in Bottom Trawling.” Observer Research Foundation, November 02, 2018, https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/reviving-indo-lanka-relations-reigning-in-bottom-trawling-45299/
  3. Ritika V Kapoor. “Making Fishing in Palk Bay Safe.” Observer Research Foundation, June 05, 2018, https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/making-fishing-in-palk-bay-safe/