Abhijnan Rej is a New Delhi-based researcher, analyst, and consultant. His professional interests lie in Asian security, and Indian foreign and defence policies. Rej has published in The Washington Quarterly, the US Army War College’s online journal War Room, War on the Rocks, the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter, The Diplomat Magazine, National Interest (online), Global Policy (online), Wired (online), Journal of Physics: A, and Contemporary Mathematics, along with numerous occasional papers, policy briefs, and book chapters.
He is a fortnightly columnist for The Diplomat and a monthly columnist for the Africa Portal. Rej has also written for virtually all major Indian English-language media outlets, including Open, Firstpost, Times of India, Hindustan Times, and Hindu. He (or his writings) have been quoted by the Economist, Reuters, Voice of America, CNBC, The Nation, The Australian, China Global Television Network, and Dawn, among others. Rej has also been interviewed by the National Bureau of Asian Research for the United States Senate India Caucus.
His public-policy work has also involved developing and hosting strategic table-top exercises involving a cross-section of stakeholders in the past. Rej has also participated in a variety of Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic dialogues, and has provided (solicited) policy inputs to the Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and other agencies.
Rej’s career trajectory thus far has spanned public policy, the corporate world, and academia. He was previously a Senior Fellow in the Strategic Studies Programme at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Before transitioning to strategic affairs he worked as the resident Economist at the JustJobs Network, and as a scientist at the TCS CTO Quantitative Finance Group. In both positions, he worked on macroeconomic and systemic risks and their mitigation. Rej has 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), Rej pursued doctoral studies in mathematical physics at Boston University and the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn. He was also a Scientific Researcher at the Fields Institute, Toronto. In Boston, Bonn, and Toronto he researched mathematical structures in high-energy physics and string theory. His 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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