Josukutty Cheriantharayil Abraham
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships
Project Title: India’s Foreign Policy Strategies and Asian Re-balancing
Field of Study: Strategic Studies India’s Foreign Policy Strategies and Asian Re-balancing
Home Institution: University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Host Institution: University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD  
Grant Start Month: August, 2015
Duration of Grant: Four months

Josukutty Cheriantharayil Abraham
Brief Bio:

Dr. Josukutty Abraham received his doctoral degree from the University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He is currently an assistant professor and director of the survey research center in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kerala. He teaches international relations and Indian foreign policy for master's students and advises PhD and MPhil candidates. He attended the Salzburg Global Seminar 2007 and was selected to the Study of the United States Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy in 2010. He has written one book and published more than 20 research articles in reputed journals and edited volumes. His areas of interest and research include India's foreign policy, Indo-U.S. relations, the politics of information, society, and human rights. He has participated in and presented papers at a number of national and international seminars. He has served as general secretary of the Association of Political Scientists–Kerala since 2011.

With the rise of Asia, particularly China, the Asia-Pacific region has emerged as the most important strategic site in world politics. The United States has been focusing its attention in the region through what is described as "Asian rebalancing" with India as an important geo-strategic ally. During his Fulbright-Nehru grant, Dr. Abraham intends to educate students on various aspects of India's foreign policy and the growing significance of Indo-U.S. relations. He will also offer lectures to the academic community and general public and contribute to the university's curriculum revision, course design, and exchange programs.