Darshana M. Baruah is an associate director and senior research analyst with Carnegie India. Her primary research focus is on maritime security in Asia, particularly the Indian Navy and its role in a new security architecture. She writes regularly on maritime issues such as India’s naval strategy, India’s naval engagement with regional powers, the Indo-Pacific, Sino-Indian competition, geopolitical developments in the Indian Ocean region, India’s maritime strategic outlook, strategic islands in the Indian Ocean region, and the South China Sea. Her work also examines the strategic implications of China’s infrastructure and connectivity projects in the Indian Ocean region and South Asia. Her current projects focus on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, strategic islands in the Indian Ocean region, and strategic connectivity projects in the Indo-Pacific.
Baruah was a 2016 national parliamentary fellow at the Australian parliament, where her research focused on India and Australia in the Indo-Pacific. She was also a 2017 UK next generation foreign and security policy scholar. Baruah was awarded the programme d’invitations de personnalités d’avenir (broadly translates to “personalities of the future”) by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2018. She is also the current global order India fellow at the Global Governance Futures 2030, Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues.
She spent time as a visiting fellow at the Australian National University and the Lowy Institute in 2016, where she worked on India-Australia maritime collaboration in the Indo-Pacific. She was also a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in 2018, where she worked on India-Japan collaboration in the Indo-Pacific.
Previously, Baruah was with the maritime security initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, where she was the associate editor of the South China Sea Monitor.