Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Kaustav Chakrabarti

PhD Candidate in Political Science
Summer Fellow 2016

kaustav_chakrabarti@brown.edu

Kaustav Chakrabarti is a graduate student from India. His primary interest lies in the comparative politics of civil war, especially on state response to insurgency. Prior to joining Brown, he worked at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi based think-tank. There he studied how the interaction of coercive and non-coercive repertoires of counterinsurgency - elections, goods delivery, collective punishment, etc. - informs India's strategy. Kaustav has also researched on Pakistan's Taliban insurgency and counterterrorism policy, and the role of international competition in state-making in Afghanistan. He has published in Foreign Policy, Economic and Political Weekly, and The Hindu. He holds an MA in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton, and a BS in Computer Science from Pune University.  

Kaustav's research interests include civilian behavior during civil wars, and non-security counterinsurgency strategies with regional focus on India. His 2016 summer fellowship project was titled, "Why State-Coercion Elicits Contrasting Civilian Behavior?"