Afghanistan, India, South Asia, Indo-Pacific; Terrorism and strategies in combatting terrorism; Countering violent extremism; Security sector reform; Organised crime, non-state actors and illicit economy; State and Peace building, Conflict prevention, management and resolution; Women, peace and development; Aid effectiveness, fragile states and post conflict stabilization; Strategic communications; Global public health; Gender, Migration and Human security; Non-traditional security challenges and Crisis Response; Great Power Politics, Global governance and Emerging Powers; Regional cooperation in South and South East Asia.
2021-2022: Professor, Kautilya School of Public Policy, GITAM university, Hyderabad, India.
2018- 2022: Board Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2017-2023 : Visiting Faculty & Member, Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa, India.
2020-2022: Non-resident Scholar, Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C.
2020-2022: International Adviser, Nordic Counter Terrorism Network, Helsinki, Finland.
2019-2022: Research Fellow, WeltTrends-Institut für internationale Politik, Potsdam, Germany.
2015-2022: Founder& President, Mantraya, Goa, India.
2014-2022: Adviser, Independent Conflict Research & Analysis, London.
2017: Visiting Research Associate, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
2015-2016: Adviser, Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan.
2014: International Election Observer, Afghanistan, International Election Observer (IEO) Project for the audit of Afghanistan's Presidential Runoff elections held on June 14, 2014.
2013: Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service, Afghanistan,
2012-13: Strategic Studies Network Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2013-15: Project Associate, South and Central Asia Project, York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Toronto.
2011: Reviewer and Consultant for the country programme of ActionAid, Afghanistan.
2010-2014: Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
2006-2010: Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India.
2005-2006: Visiting Research Associate & Fulbright Fellow, South Asia Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
The Taliban today remains strikingly similar to the regime it established in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. Systemic violence against women, minorities and supporters of the deposed government continues to increase across the country.