People > Zorawar Daulet Singh


Zorawar Daulet Singh is an author and foreign affairs analyst based in New Delhi. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Forum for Strategic Initiative. Dr. Daulet Singh is also a founder of Northcap University, a State Private University located in Gurugram, Haryana.

His research focus includes India’s foreign policy and diplomatic history, various dimensions of India China relations, Eurasian geopolitics, and, international political economy. He contributes to the Economic & Political WeeklyThePrint and Hindustan. He has participated in several Track-II dialogues and has addressed leading training institutions in India including the National Defence College, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and the Foreign Service Institute.

Previously he was a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Zorawar holds a PhD in international relations from  King’s College London, an M.A. from the  School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and a BSc from the University of London where he majored in economics and finance.

Dr. Daulet Singh’s recent books includes India China Relations: The Border Issue and Beyond and Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch up with China? His latest book, Power and Diplomacy: India’s Foreign Policies during the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2019), India China Relations: The Border Issue and Beyond and Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch up with China? His latest book, Powershift: India-China relations in a Multipolar World, has received the Kalinga Literary Festival Book of the Year Award 2020-21 in the category of Diplomacy/Strategic Affairs. More details about his publications are available here:  https://www.zorawardauletsingh.com

Saudi Arabia-Iran Reconcilation, Diplomatic Deal Brokered by China
20 Mar 2023

In this episode of Latitude: An Indian View Of The World, Maroof Raza discusses a recent event that happened in Saudi Arabia, where Iran and Saudi Arabia came together to join hands.

China’s peacemaker role that exposes limits of America’s power
19 Mar 2023

Taking a playbook out of India’s peacemaker role from yesteryear, Beijing stunned the diplomatic world with a brokered rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

How China Emerged as the Peacemaker in the West Asia?
16 Mar 2023

How China Emerged as the Peacemaker in the West Asia?

India's Foreign Policy Should Reflect Its Future Role As A Major Power
01 Mar 2023

India’s foreign policy always sought positive quest to reform and, where possible, transform world order—a geopolitical concept that can transcend geography to look at international system as a whole.

Indian Geopolitics in a Multipolar World
18 Jan 2023

Celebrating 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy

Sense of Responsibility Super Powers had in Cold War is Missing Today
28 Nov 2022

The leaderships in China and India will have to eventually pick up the threads and resume a dialogue between the two, even taking into account the areas

Nehru’s Forward Policy remains a Puzzle. But he had confidence in strong allies, soft power
28 Oct 2022

One of the unresolved puzzles from the 1962 India-China war is why the Jawaharlal Nehru government, despite being acutely aware of India’s military weakness

Indian Policymakers overread 1962 Chinese threat, could’ve pulled out from the brink
21 Oct 2022

For the past seven decades, there has been an unresolved debate on the reasons that led to the 1962 war. As with most major conflicts

Ukraine Crisis vindicates core tenets of India’s foreign policy
17 Apr 2022

‘Will Asia’s future be like Europe’s past?’ was the question asked for decades, as a metaphor to warn Asian statesmen to learn the lessons from European catastrophes a century ago.

US-led alliance expansion is over. Russia wants an iron-clad deal to stop NATO
05 Feb 2022

Russia is calling for a fresh approach to Europe’s security architecture upon which it believes to hold significant leverage and influence similar to the US.

NL Interview: Zorawar Daulet Singh on India can tackle China
20 May 2021

In this episode of NL Recess, Zorawar Daulet Singh, historian and author, joins Mehraj D Lone to discuss his latest book Powershift:

On the economy, don’t disengage with China | Opinion
28 Jul 2020

India must consider its impact on domestic livelihood needs, modernisation efforts, and geopolitical goals

सिर्फ अपने हित की राह चले देश
25 Jul 2020

अर्थव्यवस्था में चीन की भावी भूमिका को लेकर भारत में बहस गरम है। मगर इससे जुड़े कुछ बुनियादी सवाल हैं, जिन्हें नजरंदाज नहीं किया जाना चाहिए।

Are US and China On the Verge Of a Cold War 2.0?
15 Jul 2020

A few months ago, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi recently declared that “some political forces in the US "are pushing US and China “to the brink of a new Cold War.”

Crafting India's Strategy for China
09 Jul 2020

Should India balance against China by drawing closer to the United States? Or should it adopt a more subtle strategy that allows it to keep its options open? Historian and strategist Zorawar Daulet Singh talks to Aditya.

How India can keep China in check | Opinion
25 Jun 2020

Leverage the international environment without becoming an object in a new great game

Making sense of India-China border tensions | The Hindu In Focus Podcast
20 May 2020

India’s increased capability to patrol up to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) coupled with an increasingly assertive Chinese posture is fuelling new tensions along the border, according to former senior Indian officials.

Coexisting in the Indo-Pacific
01 Apr 2020

THE emphasis in recent years on the unity of Asia’s vast maritime geography – exemplified by the idea of the Indo-Pacific – might suggest this is a new idea.

COVID-19 Should Make Us Re-imagine the World Order
28 Mar 2020

As a bio-security crisis brings the world to a brink, the dominant neo-liberal vision of world order must be displaced by a humane globalism and institutions that actually supply public goods.

Maintaining the India-China stride length
10 Oct 2019

Wuhan was meant to stabilise India-China ties at a time of major global changes; the basic understanding must continue

Rethinking India's Approach to China's Belt and Road Initiative
29 Jun 2019

India's role in the economic endeavour of China's Belt and Road Initiative

Game of chicken in the high Himalayas
13 Jul 2017

With no thaw in sight, much will now depend on wider geopolitical factors.

Locating the Belt and Road in China’s Broader Policy Shifts
24 Jun 2017

The Belt and Road initiative is part of a broader Chinese policy reorientation where its leaders are responding to...

2016 Fear vs Hope: India still struggles with its China plan
01 Jan 2017

The world’s most populous country is looking to increase its share of the planet’s resources and political influence.

Limited Geopolitical Accommodation...
31 Dec 2016

The nature of Sino–Indian interactions across five issue areas highlights that Delhi and Beijing have more overlapping interests than is generally recognised.


Areas of interest

India’s foreign policy, various dimensions of India China relations, Eurasian geopolitics, the evolution of BRICS, international political economy.


Current Positions

    • Board of Management, The Northcap University, Gurgaon

Past Positions

    • Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, an independent New Delhi-based think tank, 2007-2012
    • Analyst, Corporate Finance Division, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New Delhi, India, 2001-2004

    • Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, 2017-2020


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