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Prof. Saloni Kapur

Prof. Saloni Kapur

Ph.D. in International Relations from Lancaster University, UK; M.A. in International Relations from University of Warwick, UK; B.A. in Economics from University of Pune.


BIO

Dr Saloni Kapur is an Assistant Professor of International Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at FLAME University. Her research interests include critical security studies, South and West Asia, emotions in international relations, and decoloniality. In particular, she is interested in:



  • Regional security complex theory

  • Securitisation theory

  • Borders, nation-states, modernity, coloniality and decoloniality

  • Pakistan, India and the Kashmir conflict

  • The Global War on Terror and Afghanistan

  • Critical terrorism studies

  • Emotions and aesthetics


Dr Kapur holds a PhD in International Relations from Lancaster University. She spent a semester at the University of Minnesota’s College of Natural Resources as a High Ability Non-Resident Scholar in Fall 2001, when the September 11 attacks took place. This stimulated her interest in international security studies and led her to pursue an MA in International Relations at the University of Warwick.


Before coming to FLAME, Dr Kapur taught at Symbiosis International University and Lancaster University. She was also a Co-ordinator of the Internship Programme at the Richardson Institute at Lancaster University. Before her academic career, she worked at Control Risks and International SOS at their offices in London and New Delhi, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna.


Dr Kapur is currently working on two research projects: (1) a conference paper studying how decoloniality translates into the Indian context in the form of Hindutva; and (2) a book chapter on securitisation theory and racism from a South Asian perspective. She recently completed two research projects on the security linkages between South and West Asia through the prism of regional security complex theory. She is the recipient of a Research Grant from FLAME University and an Early Career Researcher Global South Bursary from the British International Studies Association. She is a Fellow of the Richardson Institute.


Dr Kapur is the co-editor of Regional Security in South Asia and the Gulf (Routledge, forthcoming) and Securitisation in the Non-West (Routledge, 2019). She is the author of Pakistan after Trump: Great Power Responsibility in a Multi-Polar World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021). Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Global Discourse, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and Contemporary South Asia. She has presented her research at prestigious international forums such as the International Studies Association, the British International Studies Association, the Richardson Institute, the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, the Institute for Political and International Studies of Iran, and Gateway House.


RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS



  • Karim, Umer, and Saloni Kapur, eds. Forthcoming. Regional Security in South Asia and the Gulf. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2021. Pakistan after Trump: Great Power Responsibility in a Multi-Polar World. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Mabon, Simon, and Saloni Kapur, eds. 2019. Securitisation in the Non-West. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


BOOK CHAPTERS



  • Kapur, Saloni. Forthcoming. “India, the Persian Gulf, and the Emergence of a Supercomplex.” In Regional Security in South Asia and the Gulf, edited by Umer Karim and Saloni Kapur. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  • Karim, Umer, and Saloni Kapur. Forthcoming. “Introduction.” In Regional Security in South Asia and the Gulf, edited by Umer Karim and Saloni Kapur. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2019. “From Copenhagen to Uri and across the Line of Control: India’s ‘Surgical Strikes’ as a Case of Securitisation in Two Acts.” In Securitisation in the Non-West, edited by Simon Mabon and Saloni Kapur, 62-79. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2019. “Review of ‘Recursion or Rejection? Securitization Theory Faces Islamist Violence and Foreign Religions’, by Mona Kanwal Sheikh.” In Securitisation in the Non-West, edited by Simon Mabon and Saloni Kapur, 39-41. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  • Kapur, Saloni, and Simon Mabon. 2019. “Introduction—The Copenhagen School Goes Global: Securitisation in the Non-West.” In Securitisation in the Non-West, edited by Simon Mabon and Saloni Kapur, 1-4. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


JOURNAL ARTICLES



  • Mabon, Simon, and Saloni Kapur. Forthcoming. “The Complexity of (Super)Complexes: Pakistan, India and West Asia.” Global Discourse.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2019. “The Intellectual Roots of Sunni Sectarianism in Pakistan: A Reply to Fuchs.” Global Discourse 9, no. 4: 717-19. https://doi.org/10.1332/204378919X15718899928703.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “From Copenhagen to Uri and across the Line of Control: India’s ‘Surgical Strikes’ as a Case of Securitisation in Two Acts.” In “Securitisation in the Non-West,” edited by Saloni Kapur and Simon Mabon. Special issue, Global Discourse 8, no. 1: 62-79. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/2WTp9THfX2u6htkuhkew/full?target=10.1080/23269995.2017.1406633.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “Review of ‘Recursion or Rejection? Securitization Theory Faces Islamist Violence and Foreign Religions’, by Mona Kanwal Sheikh.” In “Securitisation in the Non-West,” edited by Saloni Kapur and Simon Mabon. Special issue, Global Discourse 8, no. 1: 39-41. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DRzAV7nIDMRKgf7wWGbw/full?target=10.1080/23269995.2017.1406634.

  • Kapur, Saloni, and Simon Mabon. 2018. “The Copenhagen School Goes Global: Securitisation in the Non-West.” In “Securitisation in the Non-West,” edited by Saloni Kapur and Simon Mabon. Special issue, Global Discourse 8, no. 1: 1-4. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DCDSCCVAMTCI6WGNPP6S/full?target=10.1080/23269995.2018.1424686.

  • Garnett, Mark, Christopher Macleod, Simon Mabon, Matthew Johnson, and Saloni Kapur. 2016. “An Introduction to the Global Discourse Annual Book Review Competition 2015.” Global Discourse 6, no. 1-2: 161-64. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23269995.2015.1104983?journalCode=rgld20.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2016. “South Asian Scholarship in Transition: New Perspectives on Politics, Security and Regional Co-operation.” Contemporary South Asia 24, no. 1: 109-14. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/A4mJ3VEhmpr5K3hTGNhN/full?target=10.1080/09584935.2016.1172299.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2014. “The Philosophical Underpinnings of an English School Analysis of Terrorist Deradicalisation Programmes.” Lancaster Journal of Philosophy 2, no. 1 (Spring): 37-45. http://ljop.weebly.com/uploads/3/5/1/5/3515550/volume_two_issue_two.pdf.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2012. “Violence, Theory and the Subject of International Politics: A Derridian Analysis of the Partition of India.” Peace Prints 4, no. 2 (Winter): 150-67. http://wiscomp.org/peaceprints/4-2/4.2.11.pdf.


SPECIAL ISSUES



  • Mabon, Simon, Saloni Kapur, and Umer Karim, eds. Forthcoming. “Security Relations between South and West Asia.” Special issue, Global Discourse.

  • Kapur, Saloni, and Simon Mabon, eds. 2018. “Securitisation in the Non-West.” Special issue, Global Discourse 8, no. 1. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rgld20/8/1.


BOOK REVIEWS



  • Kapur, Saloni. 2019. Review of A Theory of ISIS: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order, by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou. Critical Studies on Terrorism 12, no. 1: 180-81. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ZJAEUQRGKZVTEZEQUS7C/full?target=10.1080/17539153.2018.1492187.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2014. Review of Pakistan: A New History, by Ian Talbot. Contemporary South Asia 22, no. 4: 436-37. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/J5UTmPfZZPKV92JYkBBw/full?target=10.1080/09584935.2014.965493.


OTHER PUBLICATIONS


NEWSPAPER ARTICLES



  • Kapur, Saloni. 2021. “Why India Should Engage the Taliban.” Opinion. Deccan Herald, August 27, 2021. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/why-india-should-engage-the-taliban-1024043.html.

  • Waziri, Attaullah, and Saloni Kapur. 2020. “Towards Peace.” Opinion. Dawn, March 8, 2020. https://www.dawn.com/news/1539200/towards-peace.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “How a Good India-Pakistan Relation Could Bring Stability in South Asia.” Opinion. Business Standard, October 1, 2018. https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/how-a-good-india-pakistan-relation-could-bring-stability-in-south-asia-118100100109_1.html.


MAGAZINE ARTICLES



  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “South Asia: How Regional Cooperation Could Bring Stability to the Region.” Pakistan & Gulf Economist, October 1, 2018. http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2018/10/01/south-asia-how-regional-cooperation-could-bring-stability-to-the-region/.


BLOG POSTS



  • Kapur, Saloni. 2021. “Book in Focus: Pakistan after Trump: Great Power Responsibility in a Multi-Polar World.” Cambridge Scholars Publishing, May 5, 2021. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/news/item/book-in-focus-pakistan-after-trump-great-power-responsibility-in-a-multi-polar-world.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2020. “Could Donald Trump Solve the Kashmir Issue?” The Buzz (blog). National Interest, February 19, 2020. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/could-donald-trump-solve-kashmir-issue-124666.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2020. “Kashmir: Why Trump’s Offer of International Mediation is a Good Idea.” South Asia Journal (blog), February 18, 2020. http://southasiajournal.net/kashmir-why-trumps-offer-of-international-mediation-is-a-good-idea/.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2020. “Kashmir: Why Trump’s Offer of International Mediation is a Good Idea.” The Conversation (blog), February 15, 2020. https://theconversation.com/kashmir-why-trumps-offer-of-international-mediation-is-a-good-idea-129112.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2019. “India 2019: The Shifting Sands of Social Control.” South Asia @ LSE (blog), January 22, 2019. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2019/01/22/india-2019-the-shifting-sands-of-social-control/.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “Counterterrorism and Peacebuilding in Pakistan: Responsibility of Great Powers.” South Asian Voices (blog). Stimson Center, October 18, 2018. https://southasianvoices.org/counterterrorism-peacebuilding-pakistan/.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “South Asia: How Regional Cooperation Could Bring Stability to the Region.” The Conversation (blog), September 28, 2018. https://theconversation.com/south-asia-how-regional-cooperation-could-bring-stability-to-the-region-82954.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2018. “The Electoral Victory of Imran Khan: Diffusing the Dynasties of Control in Pakistan?” South Asia @ LSE (blog), September 3, 2018. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2018/09/03/the-electoral-victory-of-imran-khan-diffusing-the-dynasties-of-control-in-pakistan/.


INTERVIEWS



  • Kapur, Saloni. 2021. “Interview with Prof. Saloni Kapur.” Ignite, no. II. https://www.flame.edu.in/pdfs/magazine/ignite/Ignite-Magazine-Winter-2021.pdf.

  • Kapur, Saloni. 2021. “Saloni Kapur—Interview.” Interview by Zahoor Ahmad Dar. E-International Relations, June 10, 2021. https://www.e-ir.info/2021/06/10/interview-saloni-kapur/.


REPORTS



  • Bhandari, Amit, and Saloni Kapur. 2022. Country Report: Iran. N.p.: Gateway House-FLAME Policy Lab.