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Anita Inder Singh is a cross-disciplinary writer on world affairs. She took her B.A. Honours degree in History from the University of Delhi – and her D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Her interests include the great powers and international security/ the tension between international norms and the sovereignty of states/nationalism/diversity/democracy/human rights in Europe and Asia. Born in India she is a citizen of Sweden, currently on a sojourn in New Delhi.

She has been a Founding Professor of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in New Delhi. Prior to that, she taught International Relations at the graduate and doctoral levels at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Oxford. In Washington D.C. she was a Fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. She worked for the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues in Geneva.

Her books include Democracy, Ethnic Diversity and Security in Post-Communist Europe (Praeger, USA, 2001); her Oxford doctoral thesis, The Origins of the Partition of India, 1936-1947, also published as one of the four classic works on the Partition in The Partition Omnibus (Oxford University Press, 2002, paperback 2004) ), The Limits of British Influence (1992 New York and London) and The United States, South Asia and the Global Anti-Terrorist Coalition (2006). Her articles have been published in distinguished international journals including the International History Review (then based in Canada), the Journal of Contemporary History, The World Today (UK) the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (Germany) – and by Brown University (USA). As Guest Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm, she published the first bibliographic review on India and the Soviet Union in Swedish in Fred och Säkerhet 1986-87, and in English in the Journal of Communist Studies (1988). She has also published widely in the international media including the Wall Street Journal Asia, The Guardian, The National Interest, Nikkei Asian Review, The Diplomat, The Tribune and Business Standard.

She has written on Human Security for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, on democratic institutions for International IDEA in Stockholm, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and UNDP’s Solutions Exchange in New Delhi. She has from time to time made media appearances in Britain, India and the United States.

Anita Inder Singh has lived in Sweden (Stockholm), India (New Delhi), the United Kingdom (Oxford and London), the United States (Washington), Russia (Moscow) and Switzerland (Geneva). She has travelled widely in Europe and can find her way in English, Swedish, Hindi, French, German and Russian-for-International-Affairs (both reading only).

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