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Department of International Relations

Welcome to the Department of International Relations (or as we say – IR). First things first, let’s answer the big question – why should you study IR? As a discipline, IR can be compared to a bridge which straddles several disciplines. Here at the department, we make sure that our course offerings are faithful to the richness of the discipline, as well as staying relevant to policy making and the perspectives of practitioners. We offer a variety of courses, ranging from introductory modules in theory and South Asia’s international history, to advanced courses on international security, Asian geo-politics, refugees, human rights, and the different strands of strategic thought in Asia. Our faculty is internationally renowned for their innovations in the field of diplomatic studies, historical IR and strategic behaviour in the South Asian region. So, if you are someone who likes tackling complexity and looking at the events around you from multiple perspectives – historical, economic, political, and sociological, then IR is a good fit for you.

We are very excited to announce that starting from this year, the students of the incoming batch will be able to pursue a Major in International Relations, for students who graduate from 2026 onwards. Along with new Major in International Relations, we will continue with the Inter-Disciplinary Major in History and International Relations, as well as the minor as well as the concentration options.

Programmes

Faculty at International Relations

Faculty at the IR Department are at the cutting edge of various aspects of the discipline: India's diplomatic history; evolution of strategic thought in post colonial India; analysis of patterns of internationalist thought and behaviour in China, SouthEast Asia and Latin America; challenging Eurocentric frames of reference for understanding IR; and the influence of geopolitics on the making of foreign policy. Collectively, their research shapes the broader discussion and analysis of South Asia’s internationalist dilemmas, both within India and outside.

Ashoka-LSE Diplomatic Studies Workshop

Ashoka-LSE Diplomatic Studies Workshop

The study of Indian diplomacy has made significant progress over the last two decades. The growth of international relations and diplomatic history as disciplines in Indian universities and the increasing popularity of India-related subjects in overseas social science departments has led increasing numbers of students and researchers around the world to study Indian diplomacy. This trend has produced valuable new research on how India approaches various facets of its external world, from neighbouring countries to regional competitors, global powers, international norms and institutions, and the international order writ large.

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Contact Us

For any queries regarding International Relations programmes, please contact: -

Pallavi Raghavan

Head of Department

pallavi.raghavan@ashoka.edu.in

Pratima Kadian

Department Manager

pratima.kadian@ashoka.edu.in

Shohan Mohapatra

Student Representative

ir.rep@ashoka.edu.in

If you have queries specific to the History and International Relations interdisciplinary major, please reach out to:-

Amiya Kumar

Student Representative

polsci.rep@ashoka.edu.in

Shohan Mohapatria

Student Representative

ir.rep@ashoka.edu.in

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