Jabin Jacob | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies


Associate Professor
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
E362, Shiv Nadar University
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Jabin T. Jacob is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Shiv Nadar University, India. He is also Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi and was formerly Fellow and Assistant Director at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi and Associate Editor of the journal, China Report. Jacob holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has spent time as a student / researcher / faculty in Taiwan, France and Singapore. His research interests include Chinese foreign policy, including China-South Asia relations, Sino-Indian border areas, Indian and Chinese worldviews, and centre-province relations in China.

As part of his research, Jacob has traveled in many of India’s border states and visited parts of the country’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan as well as the international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. He is a PhD supervisor at the Naval War College, Goa and a regular speaker at various other Indian defence training institutions. Jacob is co-editor with Hoang The Anh of a forthcoming volume, China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping (April 2020). Some of his work can be found at https://indiandchina.com/. He tweets @jabinjacobt.

Educational Qualifications 
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Chinese foreign policy, Chinese domestic politics, India-China relations, Science, technology and international relations

Conferences (Select): 

China in the Indian Ocean Region: An Indian Perspective’, Views of China’s Presence in the Indian Ocean Region, Centre for Naval Analyses, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 17 June 2019.

Promoting BCIM Comprehensive Connectivity Cooperation to a New Level’, 13th Meeting of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Regional Cooperation Forum, Yuxi, Yunnan, China, 11 June 2019.

Diplomatic Logic and Future Trend of India-China Relations’, The Future of India-China Relations: Perspectives from Young Scholars, Intellisia Institute, Guangzhou, 26 January 2019.

India-China Boundary Dispute: The Larger Bilateral Context’, Sino-Indian Border Issues in New Situation, Center for South Asian Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, 11 December 2018.

Chinese Provinces and Development Strategy: Innovation, Rebalancing and Globalization’, 2nd India Forum on China, Goa, 8 December 2018. ‘Political Dynamics of China and Impact on India’, China Seminar 2018, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, 12 November 2018.

Maritime Silk Road and Southeast Asia: Leaving India Out’, China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for India and the Neighbourhood, UGC China Studies Programme, MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, 9 October 2018.

‘India-China Relations in the Age of the Strongman: Xi, Modi and the Problem of Insincerity’, South China Sea Center, Doshisha University, Kyoto, 3 October 2018.

Economic Development as Cartographic Aggression: Some Thoughts on the Tibet-Arunachal Border’, Connectivity and ‘Cartographic Anxieties’:  Territory, Borders and Geopolitics in ‘Zomia’ Asia, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, 1 October 2018.  

The China Factor in Northeast India’s Connectivity Projects’, The Connectivity Panacea: Geopolitical Postures and Developmental Dilemmas in Northeast India, 31st Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of South Asian Studies, Kanazawa, Japan, 29 September 2018.

Yunnan’s diplomacy towards its foreign neighbours’, Economic Development and Social Change in Yunnan, organised by Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 26 September 2018.  

The BRI in South Asia: A Window into Chinese Thinking About the India-China Relationship’, South Asia Conference, School of Law and Politics, Blaydes House, University of Hull, 13 September 2018.

India’s Policy towards China in the Changing Global Context’, Institute of Chinese Studies Special Panel, Association of Asian Studes-in-Asia, India International Centre, New Delhi, 6 July 2018.


European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP), European Parliament and European Commission


Personnalité d’avenir, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, Government of France

Scholarly Activity

Books & Book Chapters

China’s Evolving Strategy in the Indian Ocean Region: Risks in China’s MSR Initiative’ in David Brewster (ed). India and China at Sea: Strategic Competition in the Maritime Domain  (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018), 208-223.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the China-India-Pakistan Triangle’ in Jean-Marc F. Blanchard (ed). China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative and South Asia: A Political Economic Analysis of its Purposes, Perils, and Promise (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp.105-136.

co-editor with Hoang The Anh, China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017).

Remembering 1962 in India, 50 years on’, in Amit R. Das Gupta and Lorenz M. Luthi (eds), The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 233-252.

Is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a Threat to India?’ in J. S. Bajwa (ed.), China: Threat or Challenge? (New Delhi: Lancer, 2017), 336-352.

On the China “Threat” to India’, in J. S. Bajwa (ed.), China: Threat or Challenge? (New Delhi: Lancer, 2017), 29-37.

India-Taiwan Relations: Constrained or Self-Constraining?’, in Jagannath P. Panda (ed.), India-Taiwan Relations in Asia and Beyond: The Future (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2016), pp. 37-47.

Role of Major Powers in the Indo-Pacific Region’, in Gurpreet S Khurana and Antara Ghosal Singh (eds), India and China: Constructing A Peaceful Order in the Indo-Pacific (New Delhi: National Maritime Foundation, 2016), pp. 79-89.

China’s Provinces and Foreign Policy: Lessons and Implications for India and its States’ in Subir Bhaumik (ed.), Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in India Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 253-270.

China and Myanmar’s 2015 Elections: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?’, in Amrita Dey (ed.), Myanmar: Moving Towards Elections 2015 (Kolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, 2016), pp. 79-89.

Thinking East Asia, Acting Local: Constraints, Challenges, and Contradictions in Indian Public Diplomacy’ in Jan Melissen and Yul Sohn (eds), Understanding Public Diplomacy in East Asia: Middle Powers in a Turbulent Region (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 155-178.

Arunachal Pradesh in the Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Constant Claims, Changing Politics’, in Gurudas Das, C. Joshua Thomas and Nani Bath (eds), Voices from the Border: Response to Chinese Claim over Arunachal Pradesh (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2015), 48-62.

Friend, Foe or Competitor? Mapping the Indian Discourse on China’, in Happymon Jacob (ed.), Does India Think Strategically? India’s Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Manohar, 2014), 245-288.

Centre-Province Relations in China: Ebbs and Flows’, in C. V. Ranganathan and Sanjeev Kumar (eds), The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: A Major Turning Point for China (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013), 117-131.

co-editor with Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee (retd), Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations: Fighting Distrust (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013).

co-editor with D. Suba Chandran, India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges (New Delhi: Macmillan, 2011).

Journal Articles

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives from India’, China & World Economy, Vol. 25, No. 5, September-October 2017, 78-100.

China in Southeast Asia: The Search for a Chinese Model of International Relations’, Special Issue: China and Southeast Asia, China Report (New Delhi, India), Vol. 48, No. 3, August 2012, 317-326.

美国转向亚洲: 对印度外交和安全政策的影响 (Meiguo “zhuanxiang” Yazhou: Dui Yindu waijiao he anquan zhengce de yingxiang) [The US “Pivot” to Asia: Impact on Indian Foreign and Security Policies], China International Strategy Review 2012, Centre for International Strategic Studies (Peking University, PRC), June 2012, 62-72.

For a New Kind of ‘Forward Policy’: Tibet and Sino-Indian Relations’, Special Issue: Revisiting the China-India Border Dispute, China Report, Vol. 47, No. 2, May 2011, 135-148.

The Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Sub-National Units as Ice-Breakers’, Eurasia Border Review (Hokkaido University, Japan), Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 2011, 35-45.

co-author with Oliver Stuenkel, ‘Rising powers and the future of democracy promotion: the case of Brazil and India’, Portuguese Journal of International Affairs (Lisbon), No. 4, Autumn/Winter 2010, 23-30.

China-Pakistan Relations: Reinterpreting the Nexus’, Special Issue: China and South Asia, China Report, Vol. 46, No. 3, August 2010, 216-228.

Articles & Essays in Magazine and Newspaper

What Does China Expect from Modi 2.0?’, The Wire, 15 June 2019.

India must create and lead a new regional grouping to replace Quad’, Moneycontrol.com, 12 June 2019.

The Crippling Cost of India’s Victory in Getting China to Blacklist Masood Azhar’, News18.com, 6 May 2019.

China’s 2nd Belt and Road Forum: Continuing Doubts’, International Affairs Review, 1 May.

China's views on India’s elections are hopelessly inaccurate’, Moneycontrol.com, 17 April 2019.

On terrorism India is inconsistent with China’, Moneycontrol.com, 15 March 2019.

What to Make of China’s Reaction to India’s Balakot Attack’, Moneycontrol.com, 5 March 2019.

Pulwama Attack: Let’s Not Give China More Space in Pakistan’, Moneycontrol.com, 18 February 2019.

Domestic Political Space and Foreign Policy: What India Should Not Learn From China’, Values & Foreign Policy, 6 February 2019.

India has an opportunity as China tries to boost its economy’, Moneycontrol.com, 15 January 2019.

In 2019, is India prepared to promote itself as an alternative to China?’, Moneycontrol.com, 28 December 2018.

中國的一帶一路及其對南亞的影響’ (China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its Implications for South Asia), 南亞觀察 (South Asia Watch in Taiwan), 21 December 2018.