Dr N. Janardhan

Senior Research Fellow

Dr N. Janardhan is Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. With over 20 years of regional expertise, he analyzes and unravels the evolving multi-dimensional partnerships between the countries of the Gulf and Asia. His broad-based interests span politics, international relations, media, migration and human trafficking in the Gulf. 

His academic publications include – ‘A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role’ (ed., Gerlach, 2014); ‘India and the Gulf: What Next?’ (ed., Gulf Research Center Cambridge, 2013); and ‘Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in the 21st Century Gulf’ (Ithaca, 2011).

Dr Janardhan is also Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter, and Managing Assistant Editor of the ‘Journal of Arabian Studies’ (Routledge).

In his previous stints, he has served as a political analyst in government and private institutions in the United Arab Emirates – the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, the Gulf Research Center and ‘The Gulf Today’.

With a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr Janardhan is a frequent speaker at conferences and contributes regularly to various media outlets.

Dr N. Janardhan's Publications

  • Oct 2018 + EDA Insight

    EDA Insight explores space diplomacy in Asia

    Dr N. Janardhan

    Coinciding with the launch of the UAE’s first home-made satellite, KhalifaSat, Dr N. Janardhan, Senior Research Fellow, Gulf-Asia Programme, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, analyses how technology-based diplomacy is becoming an important tool to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relationships, particularly in Asia. It analyses how space diplomacy is being used as tools of prestige, foreign assistance, business, and governance of global commons, among others. Using the recent developments in Chinese, Indian, Japanese and South Korean space programmes, the author recommends that the UAE should consider investing directly and becoming a stakeholder in Asian space exploration programmes, hosting an Asian space forum, and even appointing a ‘space envoy’ to facilitate these efforts.

  • Jun 2018 + EDA Insight

    New EDA Insight explores GCC’s opportunities and challenges in Belt and Road Initiative

    Dr Jin Liangxiang and Dr N. Janardhan

    In this EDA Insight, Dr Jin Liangxiang and Dr N. Janardhan analyse the scope for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). They link this to at least two factors: one, the region’s financial liquidity; and two, the Gulf’s infrastructure capabilities.

  • Feb 2018 +

    EDA launches Gulf-Asia Research Programme, explores ‘Look East’ policy

    Dr N. Janardhan

    The Emirates Diplomatic Academy launched its Gulf-Asia Research Programme with the publication of a new EDA Working Paper titled “Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: Contextualizing ‘Look East’ Policy”. The author, Dr N. Janardhan, Senior Research Fellow, explores and highlights areas of Gulf-Asia economic complementarity, both in the oil and non-oil sectors, including trade and cross investments. Dr Janardhan discusses a few equally-important non-economic factors that may have contributed to intensifying Gulf-Asia ties. He also points out the potential areas of future cooperation in an era driven by economic diversification in the Gulf. He concludes by arguing that a robust Gulf-Asia relationship should find new ‘strategic’ political and security avenues to intensify collaboration in the future.