Amitabh Mattoo


Dean, School of International Studies,
Professor and Chair, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD)
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi – 110067, India


Professor Amitabh Mattoo is Dean and Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also Chair of the Centre of International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament Studies, and Director of the Energy Studies Programme. He serves as the President of the Indian Association of International Studies and serves on the Board of the Australia India Institute and on the Council of Central University of Jammu and Kashmir. He is also Honorary Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Amitabh Mattoo is a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Jammu and was the youngest person appointed to that position in the history of independent India. Professor Mattoo has served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission for the Health and Well Being of Young People.

He was founding Director of the Australia India Institute, Melbourne and the founding co-chair of the Australia India Leadership Dialogue.

Mattoo has been a Cabinet-ranked Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir; a member of the Advisory Board of India's National Security Council; a member of the National Knowledge Commission; and Chair of the Board of Miranda House, India's highest ranked college.

A member of the Governing council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the Nobel Prize winning NGO which campaigns for global disarmament, Prof. Mattoo was a member of the task force constituted by the Prime Minister on India on Global Strategic Developments. One of the few academics who has bridged the gap between academia and public policy, his advice has been sought at the highest levels of decision making in India. He chaired the most credible Track II dialogue between India and Pakistan for over a decade.

A D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, Dr Mattoo has been visiting professor at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace Studies the University of Notre dame, at the Program on Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign and at the Maison des Sciences de'Lomme at Paris.

He has published twelve books, and over 50 research articles in International Affairs, Survival and Asian Survey. He has supervised 20 Doctoral thesis and 51 M.Phil. thesis and taught courses on Foreign Policy and International Relations theory.

He has been awarded Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards by the President of India for contribution to Education and Public Life; 2016: Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), by the Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Tamil Nadu. In 1988, he topped the Indian Police Service and was allotted the Karnataka cadre, but opted out of the civil service.