Border Conflicts in the Himalayas: Bhutan, Nepal, India, and China

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, Spring 2021

A panel discussion held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 


Sudha Ramachandran, Independent Analyst; Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India

Xiaoyu Pu, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno; Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, National Committee on United States-China Relations;  Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.

Frank O’Donnell, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Rising Power Alliances Project, Fletcher School, Tufts University; Nonresident Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center

Shubhanga Pandey, Editor, Himal Southasian

Moderator: Arunabh Ghosh, Associate Professor of History, Harvard University

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, and Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute


Sudha Ramachandran is an independent analyst based in Bengaluru, India. Her articles on South Asian foreign policy, peace, and conflict issues have appeared in The Diplomat, China Brief, Terrorism Monitor, World Politics Review, and Asian Affairs. She has reported from and carried out research in several conflict zones, including Sri Lanka, Kashmir, and the Maoist areas in India. She is adjunct faculty at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai and teaches a course on Critical International Issues.

Xiaoyu Pu is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a non-resident senior fellow with the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Pu received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China, the World Program at Princeton University, and Stanton Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil.

Frank O’Donnell is a postdoctoral scholar in the Rising Power Alliances Project in the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Nonresident Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. He was previously a Stanton Junior Faculty Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research specializes in South Asian deterrence and security issues.

Shubhanga Pandey is the editor of Himal Southasian, a digital publication of South Asian politics, history, and culture. He has also written for other publications, including The World Politics Review, London Review of Books, Jacobin, and The Caravan.

Arunabh Ghosh is a historian of modern China, with research and teaching interests in social and economic history, history of science and statecraft, transnational history, and China-India history. Trained at Haverford College and Tsinghua and Columbia universities, Ghosh joined the History Department in 2015 from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, where he was an Academy Scholar for the 2014-15 AY.

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