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Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah

Designation: Professor and Dean, School of Social Sciences


Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), New Delhi
  • MA, M. Phil, Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), New Delhi
  • UGC-JRF(Junior Research Fellowship) and later SRF(Senior Research Fellowship)


  • Teaching--11 + years
  • Research: 15+ years

Worked in:

  • In Japan: As Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Tokyo
  • In India: As Associate Professor and earlier as Assistant Professor
  • In Singapore: As Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

Career Highlights & Awards:

  • Selected for the prestigious Young Strategists’ Forum 2019 (organized by the German Marshall Fund of the US) in Tokyo, Japan as the only Indian participant. Other countries represented included the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Australia and Indonesia.
  • Invited as a Speaker at the prestigious Jakarta International Defence Dialogue in 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia


  • In Japan, have delivered lectures in prestigious universities and institutions like Chuo University, Gakushuin University, Dokkyo University, Waseda University, the National Institute of Defence Studies (NIDS), Keio University, the International Christian University, the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and Osaka University.
  • Visiting Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs(JIIA), Tokyo, Japan
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge(U.K)
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University(ANU), Australia
  • Invited for a programme organised by the NESA (Near East South Asia) Center for Strategic Studies, based at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  • Conducted research and presented conference papers in 18 countries across the world



  • BBC World, India Today (India), Bloomberg TV, NHK World (Japan), Channel News Asia (Singapore), SBS Radio (Australia), BS-TBS(TV) (Japan), Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (Australia)


  • The Strategic Relations Between India, the United States and Japan in the Indo-Pacific, World Scientific Publisher, Singapore(Forthcoming 2021)
  • Act-East via the Northeast: How Northeast India is bringing India, ASEAN and Japan closer, Delta Books(2019), New Delhi(ISBN-978-93-85719-12-7)
  • The Elephant and The Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India? Kaveri Books Service (2017), New Delhi, (ISBN-978-81-7479-204-4)


  • Borah, Rupakjyoti(2020) What’s Bringing India and the US closer, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs  (SCOPUS-indexed)
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti (2018), The Maritime Silk Road in China’s OBOR (One Belt One Road) Initiative: How Should India Respond? Journal of the Japan Association of Asian Studies (JAAS), Aziya Kenkyu, Vol. 64 No.3, July 2018
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti(2016), The Indian Ocean In China’s Maritime Silk Road (MSR) Initiative: India’s Catch- 22 Situation,  Journal of East Asian Studies, 5 No.1, pp.54-62
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti(2016), “Analysing the impact of India’s ‘Act-East Policy’ on India-Japan Bilateral Ties,” Journal of Asian Politics and History, Spring 2016, No. 8
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti (2015), “Japan-India Relations in the light of India’s Look-East Policy: Strengthening the Kizuna”, Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 4, 2015, pp.1-12


  • Borah, Rupakjyoti (2020), “India and China: Overcoming the great wall of mistrust” in Dr Miao-ling Lin Hasenkamp ed. China and Autocracy: Political Influence and the Limits of Global Democracy, I.B. Tauris, Bloomsbury, ISBN: 9781788312646
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti (2012), “India’s Engagement with New Zealand: What Ails the Relationship?” in Man Mohini Kaul and Vibhanshu Shekhar (eds.) India and New Zealand in a Rising Asia: Issues and Perspectives, New Delhi: Pentagon Press.  ISBN 978-81-8274-652-7
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti(2012), “India and Japan in the Emerging Asian Equationin Yagama Reddy, Y. ed. India-Japan: Towards Harnessing Potentials of Partnership, New Delhi: Kaveri Books ISBN 978-81-7479-133-7
  • Borah, Rupakjyoti(2008), “Australia-India Relations During the Howard Era”, in Gopal D. ed, India-Australia Relations: Convergences and Divergences, New Delhi: Shipra Publications, ISBN 978-81-7541-411-