Saloni KapurPhD student
- Regional societies and South Asia
- World society and non-state actors
- The historical turn in IR
- Critical security studies
MA International Relations - University of Warwick - 2006
BA Economics - University of Pune - 2005
After completing my MA programme at the University of Warwick, I worked for four months as an intern at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's headquarters in Vienna. I subsequently took up the position of Senior Analyst at International SOS's Global Information Centre in New Delhi, where I worked from 2007 to 2008. In 2008, International SOS formed a joint venture with Control Risks, and I was News Editor for the joint venture, working out of Control Risks' office in London, from 2008 to 2011.
Having worked for four years as a security risk analyst for International SOS and Control Risks, I have an interest in international security studies. A substantial portion of my professional career involved analysing the risk posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence to business travellers and expatriates, and I gained a proficient understanding of the various militant groups operating in different parts of the world. As a South Asian with roots in both India and Pakistan, I developed an expertise in the security landscape of this part of the world.
While the post-9/11 world has seen an upsurge in scholarly attention to global terrorism, Colin Wight argues that much of this research has been theoretically deficient, since it neglects the historical relationship between the rise of the modern state and the emergence of terrorist groups as challengers to the state's claim of monopoly over the legitimate use of force. My thesis employs the English School's methodological approach of historical interpretation to study the evolution of the state and society in Pakistan. It challenges the dominant narrative of a "global terrorist threat" and "terrorist safe havens" by contextualising the prevalence of militant groups in Pakistan in terms of domestic history and regional politics, showing how the 1947 Partition, the 1980s Afghan war, and the 21st-century War on Terror have caused destabilising upheavals that have provided the social context for the escalation of militant violence. Treating terrorism as a violent form of social interaction, the thesis explores the utility of terrorist rehabilitation (or deradicalisation) as a "soft" security approach, and asks whether international society ought to invest in the country's rehabilitation programme.
I am the Editorial Assistant for Global Discourse, an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on international relations, politics, philosophy and sociology. I am also a Trustee of the Madhavi Kapur Foundation, which runs Aman Setu, a school in Pune, India.
Dr Simon Mabon
South Asian scholarship in transition: new perspectives on politics, security and regional co-operation
Kapur, S. 5/07/2016 In: Contemporary South Asia. 24, 1, p. 109-114. 6 p.
An introduction to the Global Discourse annual book review competition 2015
Garnett, M.A., Macleod, C., Mabon, S.P., Johnson, M.T., Kapur, S. 12/02/2016 In: Global Discourse. 6, 1-2, 4 p.