Dr Ashok Sharma

Visiting Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Ashok Sharma is a Visiting Fellow at the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Dr. Sharma is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. He was the Head of the “South Asia Strategic, State Fragile and Security Program”, and a Conjoint Head of “Indo-Pacific Strategic Issues and Major Powers Studies” at the National Asian Security Studies Centre at the University of Canberra (UC). Ashok is also the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA), Auckland Branch.

Prior to joining the UNSW Canberra at ADFA in November 2016, Dr. Sharma was a Fellow of Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne, a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University Auckland, a Fellow at the New Zealand-India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, a Visiting Academic at the University of Waikato, and an Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellow at Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), The Australian National University in 2008.

Dr. Sharma holds a B.A in Pol. Sc. (Hons.) from Ramjas College, Delhi University, an M.A. in Pol. Sc., and an M.Phil. & a Ph.D. in American Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. After work at New Delhi based foreign and security policy think tanks namely Observer Research Foundation, Centre for Air Power Studies and Centre for Land Warfare and at Delhi University, he moved to Australasia in 2008.

Ashok’s broad research interest is in international relations and security studies with specialisation in great power politics with the focus on the U.S.-China-India strategic geometry in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region Ethnic lobbying in the US foreign policy; Quadrilateral Alliance in the Indo-Pacific region; India’s domestic politics, foreign and defence policy; the US-India foreign, defence, and security relations; India’s relationship with Australia and New Zealand; global security with emphasis on terrorism, nuclear issues and the geopolitics of energy security.

Dr. Sharma, extensively published, is an astute observer of India-US relations, is one of the leading experts on India’s global positioning and India-US geopolitics. He is the author of the book titled Indian Lobbying and its Influence in US Decision Making: Post-Cold War (Sage Publications 2017) and his latest book is titled India's Pursuit of Energy Security: Domestic Measures, Foreign Policy and Geopolitics (Sage Publications 2019). He is currently working on two book projects tentatively titled The India-US Relations in the 21st Century and India's Web of Allies. 

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Sharma A, 2019, India’s Pursuit of Energy Security: Domestic Measures, Foreign Policy and Geopolitics (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2019) Pp.440, Sage Publications, https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/india%E2%80%99s-pursuit-of-energy-security/book269889#description

Sharma A, 2017, Indian Lobbying and Its Influence in US Decision Making Post-Cold War ( New Delhi: Sage Publications,2017),Pp.332, Sage Publications, New Delhi, https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/indian-lobbying-and-its-influence-in-us-decision-making/book257644

Book Chapters

Sharma A; Sharma A, 2016, '“Strategic Partners in the Indo-Pacific”', in Choudhary Y; Chowdhury A (ed.), Narendra Modi and the World The Ring View Inside Out, Bloomsbury India, New Delhi, http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/narendra-modi-and-the-world-9789385936715/

Sharma A, 2015, 'A Shift from Identity Politics in the 2014 India Election: The BJP towards Moderation', in Thorsen E; Sreedharan C (ed.), India Election 2014: First Reflections, The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and CommunityBournemouth University, Poole, England, pp. 15 - 30, https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/2015/04/new-book-india-election-2014-first-reflections/

Sharma A, 2014, 'India and Energy Security', in Sovacool B (ed.), Energy Security: Six Volume Set, Sage Publications, London, http://www.worldcat.org/title/energy-security/oclc/1010613238?referer=br&ht=edition

Sharma A, 2011, 'Indian Americans: Migrational Pattern, Professional Success, Cultural Emergence and their Political Activism', in Dubey A (ed.), Indian Diaspora: Contributions to their New Home, Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives in collaboration with MD Publications, New Delhi, pp. 49 - 82

Sharma A, 2007, 'American Counter-terrorism Measures: An Appraisal', in Transnational Terrorism: Perspectives on Motives, Measures & Impacts, Reference Press, New Delhi, pp. 266 - 292

Journal articles

Sharma A, 2020, 'Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won’t Map the Future (Book Review)', Strategic Analysis of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, vol. 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09700161.2020.1809204

Sharma A, 2020, 'The recent deadly India-China border clash', New Zealand International Review, vol. 45, pp. 4 - 7, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=387528554854496;res=IELHSS

Sharma A, 2019, 'India and Australia towards a Comprehensive Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region', Diplomatist, vol. 7, pp. 22 - 25, https://view.joomag.com/diplomatist-magazine-diplomatist-march-2019/0889186001552546290?short

Thakur R; Sharma A, 2018, 'India in Australia’s Strategic Framing in the Indo–Pacific', Strategic Analysis, vol. 42, pp. 69 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09700161.2018.1439328

Sharma A, 2017, 'Australia-US Security Alliance and the Strategic Geometry in Indo-Pacific Region: An Evaluation', Artha- Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 16, pp. 39 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.12724/ajss.43.3

Sharma A, 2017, 'New Zealand-India Relations: A Step Forward', New Zealand International Review, vol. 42, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=532808257353826;res=IELHSS

Sharma A, 2016, 'The US-Australia Security Alliance and Turmoil in the Indo-Pacific Region', Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, http://journal.georgetown.edu/the-u-s-australia-security-alliance-and-turmoil-in-the-indo-pacific-region/

Sharma A, 2015, 'The United States and India: A Vital Partnership', Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/the-united-states-and-india-a-vital-partnership

Sharma A; Bing D, 2015, 'India-Israeli Relationship: The Evolving Partnership', Israel Affairs, vol. 21, pp. 620 - 632, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13537121.2015.1076189

Sharma A, 2014, 'Australia and India’s Nuclear Deal: A New beginning in the India-Australia Relationship', SAIS Review of International Affairs, https://www.saisreview.org/2014/10/22/australia-and-indias-nuclear-deal-a-new-beginning-in-the-india-australia-relationship/

Sharma A, 2014, 'India's Expanding Foreign Policy in the Asia Pacific Region: Implications and Prospects for the India- New Zealand Relationship', Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India, vol. 10, pp. 54 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09733159.2014.928429

Sharma A, 2014, 'The World’s Largest Democracy at Polls: An Insight into the Indian Parliamentary Election', ”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/the-worlds-largest-democracy-is-at-polls-an-insight-into-the-indian-parliamentary-election-2014

Sharma A, 2014, 'India: New Focus, New Opportunities', New Zealand International Review, vol. 39, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=774034814586101;res=IELNZC

Sharma A, 2014, 'India Votes: Modi Landslide', New Zealand International Review, vol. 39, https://nz.vlex.com/vid/india-votes-modi-landslide-636314013?_ga=2.222266139.266236154.1541729960-240345376.1541729960

Sharma A, 2013, 'The US-India Strategic Partnership: An Overview of a Defence and Nuclear Courtship', Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/the-u-s-india-strategic-partnership-an-overview-of-defense-and-nuclear-courtship-by-ashok-sharma

Sharma A, 2013, 'US-India Defence Industry Collaborations: Trends, Challenges and Prospects,', Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India, vol. 9, pp. 129 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09733159.2013.798104

Sharma A, 2013, 'Counter-terrorism Cooperation in the Indo-US Strategic Framework', India Quarterly: a journal of international affairs, vol. 68, pp. 315 - 30, https://www.jstor.org/stable/45072567

Sharma A, 2013, 'Why is the Islamic World Anti- American?', New Zealand International Review, vol. 38, http://www.nziia.org.nz/Portals/285/documents/lists/256/NZIRJanFeb2013.1.pdf

Sharma A, 2012, '“The Enduring Conflict and the Hidden Risk of India-Pakistan War”', SAIS Review of International Affairs, vol. 32, pp. 129 - 142, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/476118

Sharma A, 2011, 'Indo-US Strategic Ties: Engaging with Strategic Dialogue', New Zealand International Review, vol. 36

Sharma A, 2010, 'The Quadrilateral Initiative: An Evaluation', South Asian Survey, vol. 17, pp. 237 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/097152311201700204

Sharma A, 2009, 'India’s Missile Defence Programme: Threat Perceptions and Technological Evolution', CLAWS Manekshaw Papers,, pp. 1 - 28, https://www.claws.in/publication/indias-missile-defence-programme-threat-perceptions-and-technological-evolution/

Sharma A, 2009, 'Other Indians: A Political and Cultural History of South Asians in America (Book Review)', Diaspora Studies, vol. 2, pp. 109 - 113, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09739572.2009.10597331

Sharma A, 2008, 'Indo-US Strategic Convergence: An Overview of Military and Defence Cooperation', CLAWS Manekshaw Papers, pp. 1 - 36, https://www.claws.in/publication/indo-us-strategic-convergence-an-overview-of-defence-and-military-cooperation-2/

Sharma A, 2007, 'US Defence Industry Trends', Air Power: Journal of Air & Space Power Studies, vol. 4, pp. 133 - 156, http://capsindia.org/files/documents/fb88b9a9-71e8-4d51-b06a-3ae81c75ad88.pdf

Sharma A, 2007, 'India and Energy Security', Asian Affairs, vol. 38, pp. 158 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03068370701349110

Sharma A, 2006, 'Indo-US Nuclear Deal: An Evaluation', Journal of International Affairs, vol. 9, pp. 13 - 30

Conference Presentations

Sharma A, 2020, 'India -Australia Strategic Partnership in the Post-COVID19 World: Enhancing the Energy Security Cooperation for Sustainable Development', presented at VAIBHAV Summit, A global virtual summit of academicians of Indian Diaspora, New Delhi, 03 October 2020

Sharma A, 2020, 'A Comparative Analysis of the role of Indian-Australians and Indian-Americans during COVID-19 Outbreak: Constrains and Prospects', presented at 7th ODI Young Scholar Diaspora Conference (Webinar) on “Indian Diaspora in Africa and other parts of the World under COVID-19: Comparative Perspectives on their Challenges, Post Pandemic Options, and Emerging Research Agenda in Diaspora Studies”, jointly organised by The Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI India), and Diaspora and International Migration Programme (DIMP), Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 25 July 2020

Sharma A, 2020, 'COVID-19 Geopolitics and Global Supply Chain: India’s Opportunities and Challenges”', presented at International Webinar on Reverse Migration in the Age of Covid-19: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities-“, New Delhi, 20 June 2020 - 21 June 2020, https://www.academics4nation.org/seminar

Sharma A, 2020, '"COVID-19 Geopolitics and International Order"', presented at Karnatka Political Science Conference on The COVOD-19 Pandemic and the Emerging International Order, Mysore, India (Webinar), 13 June 2020 - 14 June 2020

Sharma A, 2019, 'India’s Pursuit of Energy Security: Domestic Measures, Foreign Policy, Geopolitics', presented at Australian Institute of International Affairs, Brisbane, 12 November 2019, https://aiiaqld.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/27216-book-launch-india-s-pursuit-of-energy-security-domestic-measures-foreign-policy-and-geopolitics?fbclid=IwAR0W85J0pnf08cN5zlh5Wg1bZVV3UKUx0U-WL6M7z_1ThfiB3wxrSMxXAM8

Sharma A, 2019, 'India’s Strategic Role in the Asia-Pacific', presented at ASIA-PACIFIC SECURITY AND INNOVATION SUMMIT, Rotorua, New Zealand, 17 April 2019 - 18 April 2019, http://www.apsisummit.com/

Sharma A, 2018, 'India's Quest for a Rightful Place in the World:A Stocktake of Modi Foreign Policy', presented at New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Auckland and New Zealand-India Trade Alliance, The University of Auckland, 27 September 2018 - 27 September 2018, https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/school-of-humanities-and-social-sciences/sites/hass/files/uploads/NZIIA-Auckland%20Talk%20by%20Dr.%20Ashok%20Sharma%20on%20Indian%20Foreign%20Policy%20under%20Modi%20Gover

Sharma A, 2018, 'India's Return to the Global Stage: A Stocktake of Modi Foreign Policy', presented at New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Waikato Branch, the University of Waikato, Hamilton, 18 September 2018 - 18 September 2018, https://www.governanceinstitute.edu.au/magma/media/upload/ckeditor/files/NZIIA%20Waikato.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0mS23Z802lpZSuWIc4wF4nJ6uxA2xi5qCdovMOGluxHX9lOdHu_4hME9o

Sharma A, 2017, 'Indian Lobbying in the US', presented at ASARC Seminar, Coombs Seminar Room B, Coombs Building 9, Fellows Road, ANU, Canberra, 08 November 2017 - 08 November 2017, https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/11766/indian-lobbying-us

Sharma A, 2017, 'U.S.-India Relations: Interest Groups, Indian Americans and Foreign Policy', presented at American Centre, US Embassy & Consulates in India, Conference Series, American Centre, US Embassy & Consulates in India, New Delhi, 07 February 2017 - 07 February 2017

Sharma A, 2017, '“US.-India Relations under Trump-Modi Administration: What lies Ahead?”', presented at Nehru Memorial Lecture., Teen Murti Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 06 February 2017

Sharma A, 2017, 'India’s Energy Security: A Foreign Policy Priority and Geo-Politics Dimension', presented at India’s Energy Security Cooperation, New Delhi, India, 06 February 2017 - 06 February 2017

Sharma A, 2016, 'India’s Quest for Energy Security: A Foreign Policy Priority', presented at New Zealand Political Science Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, 28 November 2016 - 30 November 2016, http://nzpsa.com/resources/Documents/NZPSA%20Conference%20Docs/Final%202016%20NZPSA%20Conference%20Programme.pdf

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