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, SAGE Publications India, https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/india%E2%80%99s-pursuit-of-energy-security/book269889

Sharma A, 2017, Indian Lobbying and Its Influence in US Decision Making Post-Cold War, Sage Publications Pvt. Limited

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, 2019, 'India and Australia towards a Comprehensive Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region', Diplomatist, vol. 7, pp. 22 - 25

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

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, 'India: New Focus, New Opportunities', New Zealand International Review, vol. 39

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 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, 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, 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, 2013, 'Counter-terrorism Cooperation in the Indo-US Strategic Framework', India Quarterly: a journal of international affairs, vol. 68, pp. 315 - 30

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, 2012, 'The Enduring Conflict and the Hidden Risk of India-Pakistan War', SAIS Review, vol. 32, pp. 129 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sais.2012.0009

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, 2007, 'US Defence Industry Trends', Air Power: Journal of Air & Space Power Studies, vol. 4

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

Conference Presentations

Sharma A, 2019, 'India’s Pursuit of Energy Security: Domestic Measures, Foreign Policy, Geopolitics', presented at Australian Institute of International Affairs, Brisbane, 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, 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, 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, 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, '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, '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 Energy Needs: Prospects for Australia-India Energy Cooperation', presented at 'Energy and Resource Conference' organized by the University of Western Australia, Australia-India Institute and Australia-India Business Council, Perth, Australia, 17 March 2016 - 17 March 2016, file:///C:/Users/z3346949/Downloads/Invitation%20National%20Energy%20and%20Resources%20Forum%2017%20March%202016%20Perth%20(1).pdf

Sharma A, 2016, 'Quadrilateral Alliance- A Concert of Democracies: An Analysis of its Relevance in the Context of Emerging Strategic Geometry in the Indo-Pacific Region', presented at The Seventh Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Brisbane, Australia, 04 July 2016 - 06 July 2016, http://www.ocis.org.au/files/pdf/OCIS_Program_v18_interactive.pdf

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

Sharma A, 2014, 'India- China Relations in the Context of the Emerging Asian Balance of Power: What Lies Ahead', presented at Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, The University of Melbourne, 09 July 2014 - 11 July 2014

Sharma A, 2013, 'Changing the Perceptions by Lobbying: The Impact of Indian American Lobbying in the US Foreign Policy towards India', presented at Mid-West Political Science Conference, Chicago, The U.S.A, 11 April 2013 - 12 April 2013

Sharma A, 2012, 'Ethnic Lobbying and the US Foreign Policy: An Evaluation of Indian American Lobbying in the US-India Relations', presented at New Zealand Political Science Conference, 06 November 2012 - 08 November 2012

Sharma A, 2011, 'India’s Strategic Posture in the Context of Evolving Asia-Pacific Security Paradigm', presented at New Zealand Political Science Association Conference, The University of Otago, Dunedin, 01 December 2011 - 02 December 2011

Sharma A, 2010, 'An Evaluation of the Indo-US Strategic Partnership: India’s Global Aspiration and Obama Administration', presented at New Zealand Political Science Association Conference, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, 02 December 2010 - 03 December 2010

Sharma A, 2009, 'US Policy and Energy Security Issues in South Asia', presented at Conference organised on US Policy Towards South Asia by Indian Council of Historical Research and Americans Studies Department, School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), JNU, New Delhi, 30 March 2009 - 31 March 2009

Sharma A, 2008, 'Indo-US Strategic Relations”, South Asia Studies Seminar', presented at RSPAS, ANU Seminar Series, ANU, 23 July 2008 - 23 July 2008

Sharma A, 2007, 'Indo-US Strategic Convergence in Post-Cold War Period: From Logjam to Strategic Partnership', presented at Conference on “Indo-US Strategic Convergence” jointly organized by American Studies, SIS, JNU and Shyamlal College, Delhi University, Academic Research Centre, Delhi University, 01 February 2007 - 02 February 2007

Sharma A, '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

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