P. Sahadevan is Professor of
South Asian Studies (since May 2003) and currently Book Review Editor of
International Studies, an academic journal published by Sage, New Delhi.
He held visiting fellowships at the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K.
(1993-94) and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies,
University of Notre Dame, USA (1998).
Before joining JNU as
Associate Professor in May 1995, Sahadevan was Project Officer at the Rajiv
Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New
Delhi; Researcher at the
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi; and Research
Assistant at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru
University, for about six years (1988-1993).
Sahadevan currently teaches
three courses—“Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution” (for M.A
students); “Political Development and Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka”, and
“South Asia in International Politics” (both for M. Phil students). He
lectures regularly to Indian Foreign Service (IFS) trainee officers at the
Foreign Service Institute (FSI), New Delhi and serving senior civil and
military officers (both from India and abroad) at the National Defence
College, New Delhi. He has to his credit over 60 seminar
presentations/lectures at various institutions in India and abroad.
While focusing primarily on
various aspects of Sri Lanka, Sahadevan has worked on ethnic conflicts and
problems of peace in South Asia. In addition, he has strong interest in the
areas of terrorism, political violence and civil war; conflict resolution
(both theory and South Asian cases); India’s foreign policy (with special
reference to South Asia), and Indian diaspora. He has so far supervised over
10 theses and 25 dissertations.
Conflict and Peace in Sri Lanka (New Delhi:
Manak Publications, 2006) (co-authored with Neil Devotta), pages. xi+388.
Peacemaking in South Asia (New Delhi: Lancers,
2001), pages. vi+533: Editor.
Disorder: Strategies to End Internal Wars in South Asia
(Colombo: Regional Center for Strategic Studies, 2000), pages. 212.
India and Overseas
Indians: The Case of Sri Lanka (New Delhi:
Kalinga Publications, 1995), pages. viii + 319.
Ethnic Conflict and
Militarism, Kroc Institute Occasional Paper,
University of Notre Dame, USA, #16: OP: 4, 1999, pp.64.
Lost Opportunities and Changing Demands: Explaining the Ethnic Conflict in
Kent Paper in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury,
U.K., Series 4, no.1, 1995, pp.52.
India's Foreign Policy and Relations: From the Early
Seventies to the Early Nineties, prepared
jointly with M.S. Rajan, et al, for the Indian Council for Social
Science Research, New Delhi and the Ministry of External Affairs,
Government of India.
Research Articles (both
referred and non-referred)
“Negotiating Peace in Ethnic
Wars”, International Studies (New Delhi: Sage), vol. 43, no.3,
July-September 2006, pp. 239-266.
“India and Sri Lanka: A Changing Relationship”,
(New Delhi), vol.5, no.3, January-March 2004, pp.142-57.
(New Delhi), vol.5, no.3, January-March 2004, pp. 97-111.
“Peace in Jaffna: Impressions of a Visit”,
Economic and Political Weekly
(Mumbai), vol.39, no.9, 28 February-5 March 2004,
“Ending Internal Wars: The South Asian Experience”,
(The Hague: Kluwer Law International), Vol. 8, no.2, 2003,
“LTTE and Peace Process”,
AGNI: Studies in International Strategic Affairs
(New Delhi), vol. 6, no.3, September-December 2002,
“Ethnic Conflicts and Militarism in South Asia”,
(New Delhi: Sage Publications), vol. 39, no.2, April-June
Ethnic Conflicts in South Asia: A Conceptual Enquiry,” International
Studies (New Delhi: Sage Publications), vol.35, no.3, July-September
1998, pp.317-42. [Reproduced in Nancy Jetly, ed., Regional Security in
South Asia: The Ethnic-Sectarian Dimensions (New Delhi: Lancer’s Book,
"Challenges to Political
Order in Maldives", BIISS Journal (Dhaka), vol.19, no.1, January
"Resistance to Resolution:
Explaining the Intractability of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka",
International Journal of Group Tensions (New York), vol.27, no.1,
spring 1997, pp.19-41. [Reproduced in Arun Kumar Baneji, ed., Conflict
Resolution in the Post-Cold War Era (Calcutta, Minerva Associates,
"On Not Becoming a Democrat:
The LTTE's Commitment to Armed Struggle", International Studies
(New Delhi: Sage Publications), vol.32, no.3, July-September 1995,
"The Internalized Peace
Process in Sri Lanka", BIISS Journal, vol.16, no.3, July 1995,
"The Case of Indian Tamils
of Sri Lanka", World Affairs (New Delhi), vol.2, no.2, December
"Sri Lanka in 1992: A Year
of Mixed Results", Strategic Analysis (New Delhi), vol.16, no.4,
July 1993, pp.473-92.
"India and Maldives: A
Mutually Beneficial Relationship", South Asian Studies (Jaipur,
India), vol.27, no.2, July-December 1992, pp.16-31.
"Current Obstacles to
Enduring Peace in Sri Lanka", Strategic Analysis, vol.15, no.6,
September 1992, pp.561-89 (co-authored).
"Aspects of Sinhalese-Tamil
Ethnic Perceptions", Asian Studies (Calcutta), vol.7, no.1, 1989,
Chapters in Edited Volumes
“The Grand Swap: Negotiations to End the Kandahar Hostage Crisis”, in
I.William Zartman and
Guy Olivier Faure,
Negotiating with Terrorists
“India and the Peace Process in Sri Lanka”, in V.R.
Peace Process in Sri Lanka: Risks and Challenges
“India’s Policy of
Non-Intervention in Sri Lanka”, in A.S. Raju, ed., India-Sri Lanka
Partnership in the 21st Century (New Delhi:
“Relevance of Mediation for
India-Pakistan Peacemaking”, in Kulwant Kaur, ed., South Asia: Dynamics
of Politics, Economy and Security (New Delhi: Knowledge World),
“India and Sri Lanka: Congenial Coexistence”, in
(New Delhi: Contemporary News and Features, 2005), pp.
“Regional Military Involvement”, “Ethnic Peace Accords”,
“SAARC” “Sri Lanka” “Relations with Maldives and Bhutan”, in
Encyclopedia of India
(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005)
“Velupillai Prabhakaran”, in
Encyclopedia of World Minorities
(New York: Routledge, 2005)
“Globalisation and Sri Lanka”, in Achin Vanaik, ed.,
Globalisation and South Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives
(New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2004), pp.118-37.
Lanka’s War for Peace and the LTTE’s Commitment to Armed Struggle”, in O.P.
Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict in South Asia
(New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2003), pp.284-315.
"The Other Tamils: Ethnicity
and Identity of the Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka", in Bonita Aleaz, et.al.,
eds., Ethnicity, Nation & Minorities: The South Asian Scenario (New
Delhi: Manak Publications, 2003), pp.187-207.
“Forced to Flee: Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees in India”, in
O.P. Mishra and A.J. Majumdar, eds.,
Elsewhere People: Cross-border Migration, Refugee Protection and State
(New Delhi: Lancer’s Books, 2003), pp.63-82.
“Competing Regional Interests, Conflict Formations and
Conflict Management in South Asia”, in P. Sahadevan, ed.,
Conflict and Peacemaking in South Asia
(New Delhi: Lancer’s Books, 2001), pp.1-59.
“Changing Relevance of Non-military CBMs in South Asia”, in
Moonis Ahmar, ed.,
Challenge of Confidence-building in South Asia
(New Delhi: Har-Anand, 2001), pp.305-31.
“Ethnic Conflicts as a Trans-national Event,” in Sudhir
Intra and Inter-State Conflicts in South Asia
(New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2001), pp.93-124.
“Security of Sri Lanka:
Concerns, Approaches and Alternatives”, in Dipankar Banerji, ed.,
Security in South Asia: Comprehensive and Co-operative (New Delhi:
Manas Publications, 1998), pp.202-47.
“Maldives: Search for
Security”, in Dipankar Banerji, ed., Security in South Asia:
Comprehensive and Co-operative (New Delhi: Manas Publications, 1999),
"India and Sri Lanka", in
Lalit Mansingh, et. al., eds., Indian Foreign Policy: Agenda for the
21st Century, vol.2 (New Delhi: Foreign Service Institute and Konark
Publishers, 1998), pp.161-95.
"The Problem of Asymmetry
between India and the other South Asian States: The Positive Aspects", in
M.S. Rajan, India's Foreign Policy: Recent Essays (New Delhi:
Kalinga Publications, 1997), (co-authored with M.S. Rajan), pp.61-86.
"Problems of the People of
Indian Origin in South Asia: The Case of Burmese Indians and Indian Tamils
of Sri Lanka", in S.D. Muni, Understanding South Asia (New Delhi:
South Asia Publishers, 1993), pp.42-66.
"Ethnic Competition and
Nation Building in Sri Lanka", in M.D. Dharamdasani, ed., Sri Lanka: An
Island in Crisis (Varanasi, India: Shalimar Publishing House, 1988),
Tom Keating and W. Andy
Knight, eds., Building Sustainable Peace (Tokyo: UN University
Press & Alberta: The University of Alberta Press, 2004), pp.LXII+439, in
International Studies (New Delhi) (forthcoming)
Kandy At War: Indigenous Military Resistance to
European Expansion in Sri Lanka, 1594-1818 (New
Delhi: Manohar, 2004), pp.227, in Book Review (New Delhi), vol.29,
no.12, December 2005, p.62.
Ramesh Thakur and Oddny
Wiggen, ed., South Asia in the World: Problem Solving
Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance
(Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2004), pp.451+xxiv, in
International Studies (New Delhi), vol.42, nos.3 &4, July-December
David Carment and Albrecht
Schnabel, eds., Conflict Prevention: Path to Peace or Grand Illusion?
(Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2003), pp.296+xi, in
International Studies (New Delhi), vol.41, no.3, July-September 2004,
Rajat Ganguly and Ian
Macduff, ed., Ethnic Conflict and Secessionism in
South and Southeast Asia: Causes, Dynamics and Solutions
(New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2003), pp. 292 pages, in
International Studies (New Delhi), vol. 41, no.2, April-June 2004,
M.R. Narayan Swamy,
Inside an Elusive Mind: Prabhakaran (New Delhi: Konark Publishers Pvt.
Ltd, 2003), pp. xviii+290, in Telegraph (Kolkata), 17 October 2003.
Partha S. Ghosh,
Ethnicity versus Nationalism: The Devolution Discourse in Sri Lanka
(New Delhi: Sage Publications in association with Indian Council of World
Affairs, 2003), pp. 501, in Book Review, August 2003, p.28.
Fitzduff, Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Process in Northern
Ireland (Tokyo: United Nations University Press), 2002, pp. xvii+233,
in International Studies (New Delhi), vol.40, no.3, 2003,
K.P.S. Gill & Ajai Sahni,
eds., The Global Threat of Terror: Ideological, Material and Political
Linkages (New Delhi: Bulwark Books & Institute for Conflict
Management, 2002), pp.276, in Book Review (New Delhi), vol. 27,
no.4, April 2003, pp.22-23.
Brown, Contemporary Nationalism: Civic, Ethnocultural & Multicultural
Politics (London & New York: Routledge, 2000), pp. viii+198, in
International Studies (New Delhi), vol.40, no. 2, 2003, pp. 183-85.
Marc Vincent and Birgitte
Refslund Sorensen, eds., Caught Between Borders: Response Strategies of
the Internally Displaced (London: Pluto Press in association with
Norwegian Refugee Council, 2001), pp.xiv+317, in ISIL Year Book of
International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, vol. 2, 2002 (New
Delhi: The Indian Society for International Law, 2002), pp.329-31.
Civil Society in Sri Lanka: New Circles of Power (New Delhi: Sage
Publications, 2001), pp.178, in The Hindu (Chennai), 14 May 2002.
Subrata K. Mitra and Dietmar
Rothermund, eds., Legitimacy and Conflict in South Asia (New Delhi:
Manohar, 1997), pp.viii+279, in International Studies, vol.39,
no.3, July-September 2002, pp. 317-19.
Decolonizing Ceylon: Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Space
in Sri Lanka (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp.xvii+217,
in Biblio (New Delhi), vol.6, nos.11 &12, November-December 2001,
Post-Colonial Insecurities: India, Sri Lanka, and the Question of
Nationhood (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp.xxxviii+315,
in Biblio (New Delhi), vol.6, nos.11 &12, November-December 2001,
Prema-chandra Athukorala and
Sarath Rajapatirana, Liberalization and Industrial Transformation: Sri
Lanka in International Perspective (New Delhi: Oxford University
Press, 2000), pp.xxii+248, in Biblio (New Delhi), vol.6, nos.11&12,
November-December 2001, p.15.
M. Somasundaram [ed.],
Reimagining Sri Lanka: Northern Ireland Insights (Colombo:
International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 1999), pp.xxvi+264, in Book
Review (New Delhi), March 2001, p.15.
Mahfuzul Haque, Ethnic Insurgency
and National Integration: A Study of Selected Ethnic Problems in South
Asia (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1997), pp.
xv+243, in South Asian Survey (New Delhi), vol.6, no.2, 1999,
Mahinda Werake and P.V.J.
Jayasekera, eds; Security Dilemma of a Small State: Internal Crisis and
External Intervention in Sri Lanka (New Delhi: South Asian Publishers,
1995), pp.xii+408, in International Studies (New Delhi), vol. 34,
no.3, 1997, pp.385-89.
Martha Crenshaw, ed.,
Terrorism in Context (Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University
Press, 1995), pp.xvii+633, in International Studies (New Delhi),
vol.33, no.2, 1996, pp.241-42.
for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka: The Devolution
Debate (Colombo: ICES, 1995), pp. 264, in The
Daily News (Colombo), 7 September 1996.