Dr. P. Sahadevan
Professor of South Asian Studies
South Asian Studies Division
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi-110067
Phone: (Work): 0091-11-26717575 / 26717557 Ex.4388
(Work): 0091-11-26704388 (direct)
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sahadevan@mail.jnu.ac.in or saha62@yahoo.co.in


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.



Politics of Conflict and Peace in Sri Lanka (New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2006) (co-authored with Neil Devotta), pages. xi+388.

Conflict and Peacemaking in South Asia (New Delhi: Lancers, 2001), pages. vi+533: Editor.

Coping with 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 Sri Lanka, Kent Paper in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K., Series 4, no.1, 1995, pp.52.

Research Report

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”, Dialogue (New Delhi), vol.5, no.3, January-March 2004, pp.142-57.

“India-Maldives Relations”, Dialogue (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, pp.890-93 

“Ending Internal Wars: The South Asian Experience”, International Negotiation (The Hague: Kluwer Law International), Vol. 8, no.2, 2003, pp. 213-50.

“LTTE and Peace Process”, AGNI: Studies in International Strategic Affairs (New Delhi), vol. 6, no.3, September-December 2002, pp.22-56.

“Ethnic Conflicts and Militarism in South Asia”, International Studies (New Delhi: Sage Publications), vol. 39, no.2, April-June 2002, pp.103-38.

"Internationalization of 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, 1999), pp.171-206].

"Challenges to Political Order in Maldives", BIISS Journal (Dhaka), vol.19, no.1, January 1998, pp.94-108.

"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, 2000), 15-40].

"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, pp.249-81.

"The Internalized Peace Process in Sri Lanka", BIISS Journal, vol.16, no.3, July 1995, pp.310-345.

"The Case of Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka", World Affairs (New Delhi), vol.2, no.2, December 1993, pp.58-61.

"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, pp.31-50.


Chapters in Edited Volumes

“The Grand Swap: Negotiations to End the Kandahar Hostage Crisis”, in I.William Zartman and Guy Olivier Faure, ed., Negotiating with Terrorists (forthcoming).

 “India and the Peace Process in Sri Lanka”, in V.R. Raghavan, ed., Peace Process in Sri Lanka: Risks and Challenges (forthcoming)

 “India’s Policy of Non-Intervention in Sri Lanka”, in A.S. Raju, ed., India-Sri Lanka Partnership in the 21st Century (New Delhi: Gyan Publishers) (forthcoming).  

 “Relevance of Mediation for India-Pakistan Peacemaking”, in Kulwant Kaur, ed., South Asia: Dynamics of Politics, Economy and Security (New Delhi: Knowledge World), pp.113-24.  

“India and Sri Lanka: Congenial Coexistence”, in Yearbook 2005 (New Delhi: Contemporary News and Features, 2005), pp. 151-71.     

“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.

 “Sri Lanka’s War for Peace and the LTTE’s Commitment to Armed Struggle”, in O.P. Mishra, ed., 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., The Elsewhere People: Cross-border Migration, Refugee Protection and State Response (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., The Challenge of Confidence-building in South Asia (New Delhi: Har-Anand, 2001), pp.305-31.

“Ethnic Conflicts as a Trans-national Event,” in Sudhir Jacob, eds., 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), pp.248-84.

"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), pp.40-83 (co-authored).

Book Reviews

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)   

Channa Wickremesekera, 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 2005, pp.372-5.

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, 344-47.

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, 232-34.

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.

Mari 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, pp.283-85.

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.

David 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. 

Nira Wickramasinghe, 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.

Nihal Perera, 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, p.14.

Sankaran Krishna, 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, pp. 14-15.

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, pp.361-62.

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.

International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka: The Devolution Debate (Colombo: ICES, 1995), pp. 264, in The Daily News (Colombo), 7 September 1996.