Associate Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

Research Interests:

  • Geopolitics of South Asia
  • India's strategic and security issues
  • Indo-Pacific concept

Isabelle Saint-Mézard is a Professor at Paris VIII University, Deputy Director of the IFG Lab at the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG), as well as Associate Research Fellow at Ifri’s Center for Asian Studies

She was formerly an analyst on South Asia at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs of the French Ministry of Defence (2006-2011). She was also a research fellow on the China-India Project at the Centre of Asian Studies/Institute of Humanities, the University of Hong Kong (2003-2006). She holds a PhD in international relations from Siences Po Paris. Her research interests focus on South Asian geopolitics, with a special focus on India’s strategic and security issues. She also begun expanding her research on the Indo-Pacific concept and published a book entitled Géopolitique de l’Indo-Pacifique  (PUF 2022).

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While election campaigns in India traditionally focus on domestic issues above all, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the 2024 general elections placed a strong emphasis on foreign policy. It emphasized how, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has...


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on May 20-21, 2023, is a testament to India’s international positioning and search for a global role. In Port Moresby, Modi co-chaired the third Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) and announced a series of...


Due to historical as well as geographical reasons, India and East Africa have long been close partners. In the recent period however, and even more so since the early 2000s, these ties have tightened as a result of combined efforts by the government of India and its business community. <...>


The Asia–Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) — a Japan–India initiative to promote connectivity between Asia and East Africa and encourage joint projects in Africa — is often misrepresented. All too often, the AAGC is depicted as a political move aimed exclusively at countering China’s Belt and Road...


India is now a major player in the international fertiliser market, regardless of the nutrients considered. Whether it is a question of imports, domestic production, or consumption, India ranks among the top three global players in the sector.<...>

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