Nicolas Blarel

Nicolas Blarel is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University in The Netherlands. He studies foreign and security policy-making, the politics of power transition in the international order, the politics of migration governance, and the international politics of South Asia.

His current research project centers more specifically on the decentralisation and regionalisation of the foreign policy decision-making process in India. Nicolas has also studied India’s relations with the Middle East and has published The Evolution of India’s Israel Policy: Continuity, Change, and Compromise since 1922 (Oxford University Press, 2015) and has co-edited with Crystal Ennis the book The South Asia to Gulf Migration Governance Complex (Bristol University Press). Nicolas has also co-edited the Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security (Oxford University Press, 2018). In addition, Nicolas has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles in the European Journal of International Relations, the British journal of Politics and International Relations, Political Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspectives, International Politics, India Review, European Political Science, Rising Power Quarterly, Strategic Analysis, Politique Etrangère, and Hérodote.

Nicolas received his PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington and has previously studied at Sciences-Po Paris and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg. He has previously worked with the French Foreign Ministry’s policy planning staff (Centre d’Analyses, de Prévision, et de Stratégie) and has been a visiting fellow at various research institutions based in New Delhi such as the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Carnegie-India, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH).

Nicolas is also currently Associate Editor at the International Studies Review and the Co-Chair of the South Asia in World Politics (SAWP) Section at the International Studies Association. He is also a scientific coordinator in the Sciences-Po CERI-GIGA Observatory of the Indo-Pacific and a Governing Board Member of The European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS).