Nikita Vats

Nikita Vats

Research Associate

Areas of Research

  • Renewable Energy Alternatives
  • Maritime Security Issues
  • Climate Change Diplomacy
  • The Indo-Pacific Region
  • Deep Seabed Mining


  •  Part-time Researcher at the Center of Security and Strategic Studies (CESCUBE).
  • Honorary Research Associate at Defence Research and Studies (DRaS)


  • M.A. Political Science (with specialisation in International Relations), IGNOU, New Delhi (2021)
  • MSc Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh (2017)
  • BSc (Chemistry with Honours), Delhi University, New Delhi (2015)


All Publications

Australia Economic strategy report- review


Author: The “Australia Economic Strategy (AES) Report” has been put together by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) KPMG under the leadership of former Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, who retired as Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.  The document tries to identify and analyse the existing and […]
1. Nikita Vats, “Chinese Investment in Latin America-A Futuristic Approach”, 10 December 2020, URL:
2. Nikita Vats, “China’s tryst with Rare Earth Elements: A monopoly over the global supply chain”, 28 November 2020, URL:
3. Nikita Vats, “China’s adventures in deep-sea mining”, 17 November 2020, URL:
4. Nikita Vats, “Chinese investments in Timor-Leste: An Update”, 6 November 2020, URL:
5. Nikita Vats, “China-Pakistan Defence Cooperation: The Cost and Utility factor”, 23 October 2020, URL:
6. Nikita Vats, “China’s arms exports to Southeast Asia – A Critical Update”, 17 October 2020, URL:
7. Nikita Vats, “China’s strategy towards Papua New Guinea – Engaging the nation for its resources” 6 October 2020, URL:
8. Nikita Vats, “Challenges to China-Myanmar Economic Corridor(CMEC): Ethnic Protests, and the Cost Overruns” 28 September 2020, URL: