Bio

I am an independent New Delhi-based researcher, consultant, and analyst. I was previously a Senior Fellow in the Strategic Studies Programme at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). I also have extensive research experience as a mathematical scientist. You can get in touch with me through email [abhijnan.rej@gmail.com] or Twitter [@AbhijnanRej].

I have broad overlapping interests spanning geopolitics and international security. On the geopolitical side, I work on Indian foreign policy and grand strategy, great-power politics, and emerging powers in the international order. On the strategic front, I work on Indian national security problems related to China and the Indo-Pacific, conventional and nuclear deterrence, and Indian defence policy. I often try to derive policy insights from quantitative methods, emerging scientific paradigms, simulations and war-gaming. I am currently co-authoring a book on the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific as well as developing a long-term research agenda around the fundamental sciences, emerging technologies, and defence strategy.

I have published in The Washington Quarterly, War on the Rocks, The Interpreter, The National Interest (online), Global Policy (online), Wired (online), Journal of Physics: A and Contemporary Mathematics, along with more than a dozen ORF Occasional Papers, Briefs, Reports, and book chapters. I have written for virtually all major Indian English-language media outlets and have been quoted by the Economist, Reuters, Voice of America, The Australian, China Global Television Network, and The Nation, among others. I have developed and hosted strategic table-top exercises involving a cross-section of stakeholders. I have also participated in a variety of Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic dialogues, and have provided (solicited) policy inputs to the Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and other agencies.

My career trajectory thus far has spanned academia, the corporate world, and public policy. Before transitioning to strategic affairs I worked as the resident Economist at the JustJobs Network and as a Scientist at the TCS CTO Quantitative Finance Group. In both positions, I worked on macroeconomic and systemic risks and their mitigation. I have also been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute of Mathematics and Applications, Bhubaneswar.

Educated as a mathematician at the University of Connecticut (BA and MS), I have pursued doctoral studies in mathematical physics at Boston University and the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn. I was also a Scientific Researcher, at the interface of modern geometry and high-energy physics, at the Fields Institute, Toronto. My academic awards have included the designations of University Scholar (University of Connecticut, 2003), Presidential Fellow of the Graduate School (Boston University, 2005), Marie Curie Early-Stage Research Fellow (European Commission, 2007) and Junior Research Scholar (Clay Mathematics Institute, 2008).

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