Research Fellow, International Relations & Business Development
Prior to joining the Australia India Institute (AII), Dr. Sharma was a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, where he taught ‘Great Power Relations’ and ‘International Security and Conflict’. He was a visiting academic at the University of Waikato and an Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellow at Australian National University in 2008. Currently, Ashok is also the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Auckland Branch and a Fellow at the New Zealand-India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr. Sharma has taught Political Science in Delhi University and worked with strategic and foreign policy think tanks based in New Delhi, namely the Centre for Air Power Studies, Centre for Land Warfare Studies and Observer Research Foundation in a Brookings-ORF project on ‘US Election Watch 2004’. Ashok did his B.A. in Political Science (Hons.) from Ramjas College, Delhi University, M.A. in Political Science, and M. Phil and Ph.D. in US studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2006.
Ashok’s broad research is in international relations and security studies with a focus on ethnic lobbying in US foreign policy, US-India relations, Indian foreign and security policy, India's relationship with Australia and New Zealand, Indian domestic politics, great power relations, Asia-Pacific security, international security with an emphasis on terrorism, nuclear issues and energy security. He has extensively published in refereed journals, books, periodicals, reviews and media. He regularly gives seminar and conference presentations in Australia, India, the US and New Zealand, including Royal New Zealand Defence Force.
At the AII, Ashok’s research is focussed on the Australia-India relationship with particular emphasis on the areas of cooperation identified by the ongoing Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) negotiations, and the Australia-India strategic partnership in the context of Indo-Pacific security paradigm.