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Professor Varun Sahni

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Varun Sahni is Vice-Chancellor, Goa University. He is also Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (currently on deputation leave). At JNU, he has served three times as Chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) and was also Director, International Collaboration Office. Professor Sahni speaks regularly (since 2006) at the National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi and has also spoken at the Foreign Service Institute, Army War College and Naval War College. He has also been Jury Member of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. He is fluent in Hindi, English and Spanish.

An Inlaks Scholar, Varun Sahni wrote his doctoral dissertation on the political role of the Argentine Navy at the University of Oxford (1991). Before joining the JNU faculty in 1995, he was Junior Research Fellow in Politics and Junior Dean at Lincoln College, Oxford; Resident Fellow of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi and Reader in Latin American Politics at Goa University. He has been visiting professor/fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA; Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico; National Defense University, Washington, DC, USA (2003, under the Fulbright Military Academies Initiative) and the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2008). From December 2008 to January 2012, he served as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu.

Professor Sahni has been "Personnalité d'Avenir" at the French Foreign Ministry (1995) and was a Member of Mexico's Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National System of Researchers) (1999-2002). He has served on the editorial boards of The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press), Asian Security Series, Stanford University Press, Contemporary Politics (Taylor & Francis), and International Studies Quarterly. He is Chairman of the Programme Committee of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi and was a Member of the FIST Advisory Board of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (2009-16). For his “outstanding contribution to research and teaching”, he was conferred the VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences for 2006 by the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

Professor Sahni researches and writes on nuclear deterrence issues, regional security, emerging balances in the Asia-Pacific, evolving security concepts, emerging powers, international relations theory, borders, Latin American issues and, most recently, river waters. He is also interested in understanding the impact of technology in the field of education. His 102 research articles and book chapters have been published in Current History, Contemporary South Asia, South African Journal of International Affairs, Relações Internacionais (Portugal) and Journal of Latin American Studies, amongst others. He has participated in over 220 academic conferences, 90 of them held outside India, as paper presenter, session chair, organiser or discussant.