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.