Abhijnan Rej is a New Delhi-based researcher, analyst, and consultant. His current professional interests lie in international security, Indian defence and foreign policies, emerging technologies and strategy, and complexity science. He has also published research on mathematics, theoretical physics, and economic policy in the past.
Rej’s work has appeared 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 think-tank occasional papers, policy briefs, and book chapters including for the Observer Research Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He is a regular contributor to The Diplomat on South Asian security issues. 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 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 policy inputs to the Government of India. He has spoken at the Indian Army’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, the Indian Air Force’s College of Air Warfare, the Ministry of External Affairs’ Foreign Service Institute, and at numerous international academic and policy fora on security and scientific issues.
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 and innovation evangelist at the TCS CTO Quantitative Finance Group. 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 the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn. He was also a Scientific Researcher at the Fields Institute, Toronto. In 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), Marie Curie Early-Stage Research Fellow (European Commission, 2007) and Junior Research Scholar (Clay Mathematics Institute, 2008).