Dr. Ravindranathan P. M.Phil., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Senior Scale) and Incharge Head

Department of Geopolitics & International Relations


    Ravindranathan P is an Assistant Professor (Senior Scale) at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He is currently the Incharge Head of the Department.


    His current roles and responsibilities include:

    • Teaching courses for the postgraduate programme.
    • Guided MA Dissertation Titled Understanding Al Qaeda’s Tentacles of Terrorism: Implications for Global Peace and Stability


Subject Semester / Year
Concept of War and Peace in Geopolitics Semester I (M.A., Geopolitics and International Relations)


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Latin American Studies (Mexico) Democratization Processes in Latin America Latin American Division of Centre for Canadian, American and Latin American Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi 2013
Kerala Government Research Scholarship International Studies 1995-1999


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
UGC Academic Staff College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Academic Associate August 2006 to July 2014
ActionAid International (Asia) Consultant May 2005 to August 2006
Indian Council of Social Science Research Research Associate August 2003 to April 2005


Area of Interest

International Politics, Global Security Issues, Causes of War, Issues of Globalisation and their Impact, Gandhian and Peace Studies, Comparative Politics, India’s Energy Security and possibilities in Indo – Latin American Relations, Culture and Society in World Affairs

Area of Expertise

Democratization Processes in Latin American Region, Globalization and Democracy, Role of Gandhi in Democratisation of Indian Polity, Indian Foreign Policy, Indian State and Politics, India-Latin America Relations

Area of Research

Democratization Process of Mexico, Democratic Transition of Latin American Countries, US Policy towards Latin America, Understanding the Processes of Deepening Democracy in Indian Context

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • In charge of the Book Review section of ‘Indian Social Science Review’, the Flagship Journal of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and part of all programmes (Seminars, Workshops ets.) organized by the International Collaboration Division of ICSSR
  • Successfully completed the research and documentation coordination of the cross continental project, `Whose Freedom? Millennium Development Goals as if people matter!”– a global alternate report on Millennium Development Goals, and Coordinated the study on Governance Issues on HIV and AIDS in Asia which was known as “Time to Act –II
  • At the Academic Staff College (ASC- JNU), I was very much involved in designing and coordinating courses and extending research and academic support to the College and University teachers
  • Coordinated programmes National and International programmes (Seminars, Conferences and Workshops) at Academic Staff College, JNU along with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Coordinated training programmes for the College and University teachers with Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST), part of Parliament of India
  • Designed programmes for the College and Univesity teachers to enhance their research aptitude and experience at Academic Staff College, JNU. This includes extensive classes on Research Methodology, Field based research activities, report writing and presentation.
  • Introduced innovative approach in Group Presentation by training the participants to present their topics through Website
  • Conceived the idea of UGC on organizing workshops for the College Prinicipals’ and Academic Administrators and designed and developed one week module for each sections
  • Has participated in a number of conferences and seminars
  • Has coordinated a number of international conferences. (ICSSR-OECD, ICSSR-WIDER, Academic Staff College- NMML international conference on “History of Religions” marked as the part of centenary year of Romanian Scholar and Indologist Mircea Eliade (1907-1986)
  • Has appeared on news channels as a panelist

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
Encyclopeadia Britannica (India) Ltd. Senior Copy Editor

Mexican Electoral Change

A Chapter in the Book “State and Society of Latin America: Challenges of Globalisation”. Commonwealth Publishers, New Delhi, 2000. How Mexico initiated its Democratization Process and handled various types of crisis during 1980s and 1990s.

Panama and Solidaridad Continental

Chapter in the book "Panama: An Indian Perspective", Edited by A. Chattopadhyay. Embassy of Panama, New Delhi, 1998. Importance of Panama in Continental Solidarity – A grand concept of Simon Bolivar

Understanding Al Qaeds’s Tentacles of Terrorism: Implications for Global Peace and Stability

Aersh Danish

The contemporary world security environment is plagued by a number terrorist organizations including Al Qaeda, which have been intricately connected to each other, with Al Qaeda at the apex. The network also arranges for the flow of resources such as finance and weapons, sharing of information, training and exchange of personnel, provision of safe haven and moral support. The study will analyze the contemporary world security environment; examine the concept of network of terrorist groups; the nexus between Al Qaeda and its affiliates; the mechanism by which flow of information and resources take place in terrorist networks; and assess the foreseeable future on the basis of the emerging security challenges from terrorist networks. MA – III Semester, Department of Geopolitics and Internationanl Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education