Namrata Goswami

Dr. Namrata Goswami is an independent strategic analyst, author and consultant on counter-

insurgency, counter-terrorism, alternate futures, and great power politics. After earning her

Ph.D. in international relations, she served for nearly a decade at India’s Ministry of Defense

(MOD) sponsored think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi,

working on ethnic conflicts in India’s Northeast, counter-terrorism and China-India border

conflict. Her research and expertise generated opportunities for collaborations abroad, and she

accepted visiting fellowships at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway; the La Trobe

University, Melbourne, Australia; and the University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 2012, she was

selected to serve as a Jennings-Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace

(USIP), Washington D.C. where she studied India-China border issues, and was awarded a

Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship that same year. Shortly after establishing her own strategy

and policy consultancy in 2016 after relocating to the U.S., she won the prestigious MINERVA

grant awarded by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (OSD) to study great power

competition in the grey zone of outer space. In 2017, she was awarded a contract with Joint

Special Forces University (JSOU) to write a monograph on ISIS in Asia, in which one of her

field of study was Indonesia. The monograph has since been published and can be found here:


With expertise in international relations, ethnic conflicts, counter insurgency, wargaming,

scenario building, and conflict resolution, she has been asked to consult for audiences across the

globe, from academia to policy-makers. She was the first representative from South Asia chosen

to participate in the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies NATO Partnership

for Peace Consortium (PfPC) ‘Emerging Security Challenges Working Group.’ She also

received the Executive Leadership Certificate sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School of

Government, National Defense University (NDU), and the Asia Pacific Center for Security

Studies (APCSS). Currently, she is working on a book project on “Ethnic Conflicts” with Oxford

University Press, and another one on ‘Great Power Ambitions in Outer-Space” to be published

by Lexington Press, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.