Neil Padukone is a geopolitics fellow at the Takshashila Institution, and a Public Service Fellow at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Based in New York City, he is currently completing a book on the evolution of India’s strategic doctrine and the future of conflict in South Asia.
He was recently on a Visiting Fellowship at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India, where he published Security in a Complex Era (Knowledge World Press, 2010), a monograph on trends in conflict in India, and led an interdisciplinary group in a scenario-building project on nontraditional security for the Indian Ministry of Defense.
He co-founded Banaa.org, an award-winning non-profit organization based at the George Washington University that matches Sudanese refugees with scholarship opportunities in the United States. He has worked with the Project on Forward Engagement, an effort to inculcate strategic forecasting into governance, where he helped develop the concept of ‘Anticipatory Governance,’ management systems that unite strategic foresight, networked management, and feedback monitoring systems. He has worked with the Project on National Security Reform, Demos UK, and the LSE Complexity Research Group. In 2007 he received a US State Department scholarship to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, and has served as an adviser to the UK House of Lords.
His work has been published in Foreign Policy, the Journal of International Affairs, The National Interest, the World Affairs Journal, the Huffington Post, Economic and Political Weekly, Newsweek’s Daily Beast, Christian Science Monitor, the World Politics Review, and Open Democracy, and by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Edward Elgar Publishing, among others. He has been interviewed by such media outlets as Russia Today, the Associated Press, and Star News and Prabhat Khabbar, national Hindi-language news outlets in India.
Neil received his degree in International Security from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and studied management at the London School of Economics. His professional interests extend to political management, terrorism, identity studies, education, complexity theory, urban studies, and religion. He speaks Spanish, standard and Jordanian Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and introductory Hungarian.