China in the Indian Imagination: A belief-based approach to Indian Foreign Policy in South Asia
Journalism and Policy Research
Hindi, Bangla, Chinese, Qualitative Methods
Deep Pal is a PhD candidate at Jackson School. He is also affiliated to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) as a Non-Resident Fellow. His research interests include International Relations, foreign policy, and regional security of South Asia.
His doctoral dissertation examines the complex dynamics guiding the Sino-Indian relationship since the middle of the 20th century. The project investigates the role of ideational variables on Indian foreign policy. How do identity, beliefs and norms held by decision-makers in a state, influence foreign policy? The study pursues the question by examining cases drawn from India’s policies in its neighborhood, specifically instances where perceptions of China dominate decision-making.
He has earlier worked as a as a political and business journalist in India. Most recently, he researched and wrote on security issues in Asia for NBR, and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He has contributed to publications such as Foreign Policy, China Brief, The Diplomat, and The Wire. Deep has a master’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
- Deep Pal. “The 30-year itch in India-China ties,” LiveMint. July 14, 2017
- Deep Pal. “China-India Relations After the NSG Plenary,” The Diplomat. June 27, 2016.
- Deep Pal. “Addressing India’s Strategic Needs Through a National Space Law,” Jackson School – IPI, April 12, 2016.
- Deep Pal. “Reorienting India’s Foreign Policy: Neighborhood First,” NBR, January 2016.
- Deep Pal. “Winning and wielding national power in Asia,” Review of Strategic Asia 2015-16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific, by Ashley J Tellis, with Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills. January 2016, Strategic Review.
- Deep Pal. “All’s Not Well For Xi After Visiting Obama,” The Quint. September 26, 2015.
- Deep Pal. “A Tale of Two Visits: Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in Washington,” The Quint. September 25, 2015.
- Deep Pal. “Why China Doesn’t Get Terrorism,” The Wire. July 20, 2015.
- Deep Pal. “AIIB: An Opportunity for India to Assert Itself,” The Quint. July 04, 2015.
- Boonie S. Glaser, Deep Pal. “China’s Regional Grand Strategy and the China Dream,” Regional Security Assessment 2015, IISS Strategic Dossier, May 2015.
- Deep Pal. “President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism” NBR. January 10, 2015.
- Deep Pal. “Afghanistan-Pakistan: Building Peace, Ensuring Stability” NBR. January 15, 2015.
- Bonnie S. Glaser, Deep Pal. “Is China’s Charm Offensive Dead?” China Brief. July 31, 2014.
- Deep Pal. “How China May Still Win Despite Pulling Out its Rig” CSIS cogitASIA, July 23, 2014.
- Boonie S. Glaser, Deep Pal. “The US’ rebalance in 2013,” Regional Security Assessment 2014, IISS Strategic Dossier, May 2014.
- Deep Pal. “How India’s Politicians are Talking Louder but Saying Less,” Foreign Policy, April 10, 2014.
- Deep Pal. “Decoding Narendra Modi’s foreign policy,” Foreign Policy, March 6, 2014.
- Bonnie S. Glaser, Deep Pal.“China’s Periphery Diplomacy Initiative,” China-US Focus, November 07, 2013.
- Deep Pal. “A Code of Conduct for the South China Sea?” The Diplomat, September 25, 2013.
- Bonnie S. Glaser, Deep Pal. “How Will China React to a Military Strike on Syria?” CSIS, September 5, 2013.
Fellowships & Grants
- Chester Fritz Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Washington, 2017-2018
- Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asian Studies, South Asia Center, University of Washington, 2016.
- Space Security Initiative (SSI) Junior Fellow, IPI, University of Washington, 2015-2016.
- Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship, University of Washinton, 2015-2016.
- Mentor, Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Program, The George Washington University, 2013-2014.
- Sigur Center language study grant, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University, 2013.
- Freeman Foundation International Fellowship, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2013.
- High Honors Fellowship, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2012-2014