Ms G Padmaja,

Ms G Padmaja,

Former RD, Andhra Pradesh Chapter

Experience (As of 2016)

Ms G.Padmaja held the postition of Regional Director of National Maritime Foundation, Visakhapatnam Chapter from 03 Aug 2015 to 31 January 2019. Earlier, she had held the position of Associate Fellow  at the The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA),   New Delhi, Visiting Research Fellow at United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research,  (UNIDIR), United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, and Consultant, SAARC Affairs, National Commission for Women, Ministry of   Human Resource Development, Government of India.

She is a Visiting Fellow at UNIDIR (United Nations Institute for Disarmament  Research) at the United Nations, Geneva. She was granted the Junior Research Fellowship, 1993  (UGC-JRF) by the University Grants Commission.

She is a prolific writer having written a number of commentaries, issue brief, research articles which have been published many reputed websites and print journals, magazines and newspapers. She has also given many lectures, presented papers at institutes and organisations around the globe.

Academic Qualifications:

M.Phil in South Asian Studies, (1994), JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University), New Delhi on her thesis titled Regional Economic Integration: A Case Study of the Impact of Single European  Market On India

M.A in International Studies, (1992), JNU, New Delhi

B.A (Hons) Political Science, (1990), Delhi University.

All Publications



Author: The month of March 2018 marks three years since the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi first enunciated India’s vision for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) commonly known by its acronym – SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region). In a well thought out strategic move, Modi first spoke about SAGAR, not in India […]


Author: On the third and fourth of October 2017, the 14th President of India, H.E Ram Nath Kovind undertook his first official visit abroad. It was significant that this was to Djibouti, an Indian Ocean littoral country of immense geo-strategic importance.[1] Incidentally, President Kovind is the very first Indian President to officially visit Djibouti. This issue […]


Author: On 16 August 2017, the Indian built Water Jet Fast Patrol Vessel ‘CGS Valiant’ was commissioned by the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth at Port Louis Mauritius. This was the third ship supplied by an Indian Defence shipyard to be commissioned in the National Coast Guard (NCG) of Mauritius.[1]Speaking on this occasion, the Mauritius […]


Author: The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina was on a State visit to India from 7-10 April 2017. India and Bangladesh not only share a land border, but also a common maritime boundary with both being littoral countries of Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.   Sheikh Hasina’s visit enabled both countries to consolidate cooperation […]


Managing Suspicions – Understanding India’s Relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan,  Nepal, Sri Lanka (New Delhi: Knowledge World, in association with IDSA, November 2000) ISBN 81-86019-38-3. 

Chapters contributed to books :

“SAARC: An Analysis of Effectiveness”, in Vijay Sakhuja ed. Pentagons’s Year Book, South  Asia Defence and Strategic Perspective (New Delhi 2016,Pentagon Press) 

“Internal Conflict in Nepal : Implications for India ”, ( a 27,000 words chapter ) , in  V.R. Raghavan ed., Internal Conflict in Nepal , Transnational Consequences ( Published for  Centre for security Analysis, Chennai by New Delhi : Vij Books India Pvt Ltd, 2011) 

“India-Nepal Relations: Redefined by Jana Andolan II” in D. Suba Chandran and Jabin T. Jacob  ed., India’s Foreign Policy – Old Problems, New Challenges (New Delhi: Macmillan  Publishers India Ltd,2011)  

“Regional Economic Arrangements : Understanding the Growth of BIMSTEC” in T. Nirmala  Devi ed., India and the Bay of Bengal Economic Community – The BIMSTEC Experiment,  (New Delhi, Gyan Publishing House, 2007) 

“First India-Central Asia Seminar : Some Impressions”, to the IDSA Occasional Paper on India  and Central Asia Relations (New Delhi: Knowledge World, September 2000)

“The Second International Conference on Asian Security in the 21st Century: Some  Impressions” in Jasjit Singh ed., Asia’s New Dawn – The Challenge to Peace and Security (New  Delhi: Knowledge World, September 2000) 

Issue Brief- Andhra Pradesh Port Policy 2015, Centre’s Vision and State’s Need (web  publication of National maritime Foundation) 27 June 2016, 

The Potentials of India Bangladesh Coastal Shipping, South Asia Journal, 26 June 2016, Coastal Shipping Could Propel Ties between India and Bangladesh ,The Wire, 21 June 2016, angladesh 

Viewpoint- Sagarmala 2.0: Targeting Maritime Sector to Drive Economic Growth, (web  publication of National Maritime Foundation) 31 May 2016  

Issue Brief – 37th SAARC Council of Ministers Meeting: Bangladesh takes Lead on Blue  Economy (web publication of National Maritime Foundation) April 7, 2016 

Issue Brief, India-Bangladesh Coastal Shipping: Opportunities and Challenges (web  publication of National Maritime Foundation) April 19, 2016 ) 

“Visakhapatnam and the Indian Navy: An Enduring Relationship”, in Vijay Sakhuja, Kapil  Narula ed, Partnering Across Oceans, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, Jan 2016 Issue Brief – 37th SAARC Council of Ministers Meeting: Bangladesh takes Lead on Blue  Economy (web publication of National Maritime Foundation) April 7, 2016 ) Sub-regional cooperation can give SAARC new wings 

Modi’s Bangladesh visit: Laying the blueprint for cooperation 

Conducting India-Sri Lanka relations the Modi way 

India-Nepal: One Year after Modi’s Visit 

SAARC Yatra, A Win-Win Situation for India and the Region,Feb26,2015, 

BBIN Corridor : Building Sub-regional Corridors of Trust, June 28, 2015, 

Prime Minister Khanal and Nepals Peace Process, Article no.3343, 16 March 2011, Institute  for Peace and Conflict Studies, Shyam Saran’s Visit , Article no.3214, 16 August 2010 onsensus-3214.html  

Nepal and Maoists : Problems of a Consensus Government , Article no.3192, 19 July 2010,  Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, nt-3192.html 

Impending Crisis in Nepal – I : Likely Scenarios, Article no. 3117, 7 May 2010, Institute of  Peace and Conflict Studies, Impending Criis in Nepal – II: Options for India, Article no. 3118, 7 May 2010, Institute of  Peace and Conflict Studies, l Politics of Obstruction and Confrontation (Nepal in 2009), Article no.3034, 31 December  2009, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Time to Reassess Indo-Nepal Relations , Article no. 2965, !0 September 2009. Institute of  Peace and Conflict Studies. ‘Civilian Supremacy’ in Nepal , Article no. 2914, 21 July 2009, Institute of Peace and Conflict  Studies. 

Sri Lanka’s ‘War Within’ and Peace Moves, September 2000,Strategic Analyses, vol.24, n.6,  pp 1195-1201  

BIMST-EC : Making Peace Moves, July 2000, Strategic Analyses, vol.24, n.4, pp 833-836 Movement of Citizens on Indo-Nepal Border: Some Issues, April 2000, Strategic Analyses, vol.24, n.1, pp 195-199 

Neighbourliness on Wheels: The Calcutta-Dhaka Bus Service, August 1999, Strategic  Analyses,vol.23, n.5, pp 847-849 

SAARC Completes Thirteen Years, December 1998, Strategic Analyses, vol.22,n.9, pp  1449-1452 

Illegal Movement of People Across Borders in South Asia, November 1998, Strategic  Analyses, vol.22, n.8, pp 1243-1246 

BNP and India, October 16th ,2001, The HINDU 

Lines Without Actual Control, November 3rd ,1998, The TELEGRAPH 

Diplomacy is Easier In A Crowd, June 12th ,1998, The TELEGRAPH 

Third Path to India’s Talks With Pakistan, April 27th, 1998, The TELEGRAPH SAARC Matures With Slow Progress, December 21st ,1998, INFA (Indian News and Features  Alliance) 

Wrote a bi-monthly column, ‘SAARC-SCOPE’, on issues concerning South Asia from  September 1997- December 1999 in National Herald.

Paper presented on ‘Role of Maritime Diplomacy in Coastal Security’ ,at National Conference  on India’s Coastal and Cyber Security Challenges ,organised by GITAM School of  International Business, Centre for Human security Studies (CHSS), Coastal Security police  (Andhra Pradesh Police),Association of Private Security Agencies (APSA) , GITAM  University, Visakhapatnam, October 14-15, 2015. 

“Intra- Regional Connectivity: Examining the Experience of SAARC”, paper presented at the  National Seminar on Revisiting Regional Cooperation in South Asia, organized by the Centre  for SAARC Studies , Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, March 16- 17, 2013. 

“Politico Economic Relations and Peace : Lessons for SAARC from a comparative study of  Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Nepal Relations’, paper presented in the International Conference on  Promoting Intra –Regional Trade in South Asia : Role of SAARC organized by M.K.Nambyar  SAARCLAW Centre , NALSAR University of Law, Justice City, Shameerpet, Hyderabad,  ( India), on March 26-27, 2011.  

‘The Security Agenda in Indo-Nepal Relations post Jana Andolan I : Issues, Response  Mechanisms, Future Challenges’, paper presented at Centre for South Asian Studies, Rajasthan  University, Jaipur , 9-11 Dec 2010. 

‘Internal Conflict in Nepal and its Transborder consequences’ , paper presented at Centre for  Nepal Studies, Benaras Hindu University BHU) , June 4-5, 2010 jointly organized by CSA,  Chennai and BHU 

‘Transformations in the Periphery: Challenges to India’s Foreign Policy in Nepal’, at the  International Conference on Emerging India : Strategic Options in the New Century organized  by School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam,  Kerala in association with Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Centre for  Trade and Development (CENTAD), New Delhi on 26-28 February 2008. 

‘BIMSTEC: Towards a bay of Bengal Economic Community’ at The Centre for SAARC  Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, November,19-20, 2005. 

‘Bangladesh-China Relations: Implications for India’s Policy’, at IDSA Fellowship Seminar,  India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, 16th July, 2001. 

‘Internal Conflicts and Regional Security in South Asia’ at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, 23rd April, 2001. 

‘SAARC: Challenges and Opportunities’, at IDSA Fellowship Seminar, IIC, New Delhi, 28th October, 2000. 

‘India and Pakistan: Security and Economic Dimension’ at IDSA Fellowship Seminar, IIC,  New Delhi, 22nd April, 2000. 

‘India and its Neighbours: Security and Economic Dimensions’, at IDSA Fellowship Seminar,  IDSA Conference Room, 21st September, 1999.

“Modi’s Maritime Diplomacy: A Strategic Opportunity”, Maritime Affairs, Journal of National  Maritime Foundation, vol 11, No 2, Winter 2015 

Economic Cooperation and the Peace Dividend in SAARC, M.K.Nambyar SAARCLAW Review,  Issue 2, 2013 

Challenges to India’s Foreign Policy in Nepal , World Focus , vol. 372-372, Nov-Dec 2010, Annual  Number  

Indo-Nepal Relations: Transitional Phase, Testing Times. IPCS Issue Brief, No.136, February 2010 Nepal’s Maoist in the Political Mainstream: April 2006 (Jana Andolan II) – April 2008 (Constituent  Assembly Elections) , CNF World Focus, vol. 345, September 2008. 

Briefing paper : SAARC and BIMSTEC – Understanding Their Experience in Regional Cooperation  dt .12/ 2008, published by CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics &Environment (CUTS  CITEE), D-217, Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur 302 016, India. 

BIMSTEC and SAARC : Understanding The Linkages, CNF World Focus, vol.337, January 2008 India’s Eastern Neighbours- Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh : The Security and Stability Challenge,  CNF World Focus , vol.335-336, Nov-Dec 2007.  

Constituent Assembly Elections in Nepal: Responsibility of the Marginalised -Madhesis, Janajatis,  Dalits to make it happen, Mainstream Vol. XLV No. 41, Sept. 29, 2007 

Examining the Role of Maoists in the New Political Experiment in Nepal , CNF World focus,  vol.331, July 2007 

Nepal’s Foreign Policy : King Gyanendra’s Quest for Legitimacy, CNF World Focus, New Delhi,  vol.317, May 2006. 

Internal Conflicts and Regional Security in South Asia Approaches, Perspectives and Policies UNIDIR/2003/3 (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research), United Nations, Geneva,  Switzerland. 

Understanding Nepal Maoist’s Demands: Revisiting Events of 1990, January –March 2003,  Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA, vol 27, no.1. India and its Neighbours: Nineties and Beyond, November 2000, Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA, vol.24, n.8, pp 1411-1429,  

Sri Lanka’s ‘War Within’ and India, July 2000, Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA,  vol.24, n.4, pp 773-796  

Indo-Sri Lanka Security Perceptions: Divergences and Convergences, May 2000, Strategic  Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA,vol.24,n.2, pp 343-360 

Relevance of SAARC, January 2000, Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA, vol.23, n.10, pp  1781-1796 

India and Nepal: Security and Economic Dimensions, December 1999, Strategic Analyses, Monthly  Journal of IDSA, vol.23, n.9, pp 1531-1547 

The Gujral Doctrine and Beyond, July 1999, Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA, vol.23,  n.4, pp 639-652 

Indo-Bhutan Relations: Serving Mutual Interests, April 1999, Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal  of IDSA, vol.23, n.1, pp 121-136 

Regional Economic Integration and Politics: The Case of SAPTA, March 1999, Strategic Analyses,  Monthly Journal of IDSA, vol.22, n.12, pp 1901-1920

Pakistan and SAARC, January 1999, Strategic Analyses, Monthly Journal of IDSA, vol.22, n.10, pp  1537-1560 

Role of Smaller Members in the SAARC Forum, November 1998, Strategic Analyses, Monthly  Journal of IDSA, vol.22, n.8, pp 1179-1191.