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Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah

Associate Professor, Law


Dr Rupakjyoti Borah is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, Sharda University. Prior to joining Sharda University, he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He has also served as an Assistant Professor at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), India and has served visiting assignments at the University of Cambridge (UK), the Australian National University (Australia), the Japan Institute of International Affairs(Japan) and the National University of Singapore(NUS)

  He holds a PhD Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India.

    In Japan, he has delivered lectures in prestigious universities and institutions like Chuo University, Gakushuin University, Dokkyo University, Waseda University, the National Institute of Defence Studies (NIDS), Keio University, the International Christian University, the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, besides at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo. He has also organised lectures in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Public Diplomacy Division, Government of India.

   He has visited Australia, New Zealand, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, the USA, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea, China, Russia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia on various academic assignments.

  He is a Young Strategists Forum 2019 Alumni (organised by the German Marshall Fund of the US). Participants for the Young Strategists Forum “are selected through a competitive process, open to emerging leaders — academics, journalists, policy makers, politicians, business professionals, and military officers — between the ages of 25 and 40, from the United States, Europe, Japan, and other like-minded Asian countries”.

  He was also a speaker at the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue on “Building Maritime Collaboration for Security and Stability along with the likes of Admiral Harry B Harris, former commander of the US Pacific Command, March 2014. He has published in the Journal of Asian Politics and History, the Journal of East Asian Studies among others. He is on the International Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal, Contemporary Political Society, published by the National University of Mongolia

    His first book, The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India? was published in 2017. His second book(2019) is Act-East via the Northeast-How Indias Northeast is strengthening the Kizuna(bond) between India, Japan and ASEAN? The foreword to both these books has been penned by Prof. James Mayall, Dr Borahs supervisor at the University of Cambridge.

    He has also contributed chapters in many edited books and has been interviewed on BBC World, NHK World (Japan), Channel News Asia (Singapore), Bloomberg, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australia), BS-TBS (Japan) and many Indian television channels. He has also presented conference papers at the Middle Eastern Technical University, Turkey, the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. among others.

  • 11 + years (pre and post-Ph.D)
  • Ph.D
  • M.Phil 
  • MA 
Award & Recognition

  1. Australian Governments Australia-India Council (AIC) Australian Studies Fellowship (Senior Category) May-July 2013-researched at Monash University, Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, Sydney and the Australian National University (Canberra)
  2. Visiting Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo, Japan (Dec 2011-March 2012)




  1. Act-East via the Northeast: How Northeast India is bringing India, ASEAN and Japan closer, Delta Books(2019), New Delhi(ISBN-978-93-85719-12-7)
  2. The Elephant and The Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India? Kaveri Books Service (2017), New Delhi, ISBN-978-81-7479-204-4
  3. INDIA AND JAPAN: THE MODI-ABE ERA AND BEYOND, World Scientific Publisher, Singapore(first draft submitted)


  1. Borah, Rupakjyoti (2018), The Maritime Silk Road in Chinas OBOR (One Belt One Road) Initiative: How Should India Respond? Journal of the Japan Association of Asian Studies (JAAS), Aziya Kenkyu, Vol. 64 No.3, July 2018
  2. Borah, Rupakjyoti(2016), The Indian Ocean In Chinas Maritime Silk Road (MSR) Initiative:  Indias Catch- 22 Situation,  Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol.5 No.1, pp.54-62
  3. Borah, Rupakjyoti(2016), “Analysing the impact of Indias ‘Act-East Policy on India-Japan Bilateral Ties,” Journal of Asian Politics and History, Spring 2016, No. 8
  4. Borah, Rupakjyoti (2015), “Japan-India Relations in the light of Indias Look-East Policy: Strengthening the Kizuna”, Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 4, 2015, pp.1-12


  1. Borah, Rupakjyoti (to be published), “China and India between Strategic Partnership and Power Concurrence” in Dr Miao-ling Lin Hasenkamp ed. The China Puzzle – The Rise of an Autocracy and Its Implications
  2. Borah, Rupakjyoti(2012), “Indias Engagement with New Zealand: What Ails the Relationship?” in Man Mohini Kaul and Vibhanshu Shekhar (eds.) India and New Zealand in a Rising Asia: Issues and Perspectives, New Delhi: Pentagon Press.  ISBN 978-81-8274-652-7
  3. Borah, Rupakjyoti(2012), “India and Japan in the Emerging Asian Equationin Yagama Reddy, Y. ed. India-Japan: Towards Harnessing Potentials of Partnership, New Delhi: Kaveri Books ISBN 978-81-7479-133-7
  4. Borah, Rupakjyoti(2008), “Australia-India Relations During the Howard Era”, in Gopal D. ed, India-Australia Relations: Convergences and Divergences, New Delhi: Shipra Publications, ISBN 978-81-7541-411-


  1. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2018, “Why Northeast India is Important for Japan-India Relations?” paper presented at the 2018 Spring Convention of the Japan Association for Asian Studies Tokyo, Japan, June 09-10, 2018
  2. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2018, “ASEAN-India Connectivity through Northeast India” paper presented at the Research Meeting in IDE-JETRO Tokyo, Japan, June 11, 2018
  3. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2017, “Northeast India in Indias ‘Act-East Policy-Exploring Connectivity with Southeast Asia” paper presented at the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Development of Social Science Research, Osaka, Japan, August 28-29, 2017
  4. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2017, “Japan in Indias Act-East Policy” paper presented at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies Tokyo, Japan, August 30, 2017
  5. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2017, “ASEAN in Indias ‘Act-East Policy – Analyzing Its Pivotal Role” paper presented at the Autumn Convention of the Japan Association of Asian Studies Toyama, Japan, October 21, 2017
  6. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2017, “Identity Issues in ASSAM and the Rest of Northeast India” paper presented at Seminar at Gakushuin University Tokyo, Japan, October 23, 2017
  7. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2017, “Can Northeast India serve as a Bridge between India and the ASEAN?” paper presented at the Tobunken-Seminar Tokyo, Japan, October 24, 2017
  8. Borah, Rupakjyoti, 2013, “Sino-Indian Interests in Myanmar and India-Myanmar Strategic Relations”, 17 May 2013
  9. Borah, Rupakjyoti,2012, Reconceptualising Indias Role in a New International Arms Control Regime, CSIS, Washington D.C. October 2012
  10. I have presented conference papers at international conferences in New Zealand, Portugal, US, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia and in institutions like the Middle Eastern Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, the University of Tokyo among others.