Vishal Sharma

I am a native of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, currently pursuing a PhD through a cotutelle program jointly administered by Coventry University, England, and Deakin University, Australia, with Dr. Serena Hussain, a senior academic, as my first supervisor.

My educational background includes an LL.M. in International Affairs from Cardiff University, Wales (2020), an M.A. in Public Policy, Law, and Governance from Central University Rajasthan, India (2019), and a B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Himachal Pradesh University, India (2017).

In my professional background, I have served as a political consultant in India, with experience in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, working closely with prominent political figures. Furthermore, I am a founding member of the Southasia Peace Action Network (Sapan) and Sapan News, initiatives pioneered by the renowned South Asian peace activist and journalist, Beena Sarwar. These organizations are based in Boston, USA.

Current Research:

My PhD research focuses on the role of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in fostering intra-regional cooperation within South Asia. This study aims to look at the significance of SAARC as a regional organization for promoting collaboration among member countries in the South Asian region.

Areas of Study:

SAARC, South Asian Politics, Conflict Resolution, Regional Organisations, Diplomacy