Dr. Shanthie Mariet D`Souza
Member - WGC Global Advisory Board

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is the President and Founder of an independent research forum Mantraya, Associate editor for the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Expert and Contributor to the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP) at the Middle East Institute, Washington D.C., Senior analyst for the South Asia desk with the Wikistrat Analytic Community in New York, and Adviser for Independent Conflict Research and Analysis in London.

Her research interests and expertise include Prospects for Long term Stabilization of Afghanistan; Politics of Aid, Development, Gender and Security; State and Peace building in fragile states; Security Sector Reform; Insurgencies and terrorism; Combating terrorism, Countering Violent Extremism; Conflict and Peace Studies; Post conflict Reconstruction, Governance and Institution building; Strategic Communications; Gender and Media in Combating terrorism; India’s foreign aid and security policy and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South and South East Asia.

As an Advisor, Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, she has worked on issues of sub-national governance and downward accountability. As Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and External Reviewer for the country programme of Action Aid International, Afghanistan, she has carried out field analysis in various provinces of Afghanistan. She has been an International Election Observer for the audit and recount of Afghanistan’s Presidential run-off elections, August-September 2014. Dr. D’Souza has also conducted field studies in Pakistan, China, Africa, Canada, United States, Jammu and Kashmir and North East of India.

Dr. D’souza has previously been Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore; Associate Fellow, Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses, New Delhi; Fulbright Fellow at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC; Research Associate at Database & Documentation Centre of the Institute for Conflict Management, Guwahati, Assam and Editorial Assistant at the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi. She has presented papers at various academic and policy forums and has numerous publications to her credit. Among her most recent published work is an edited book titled Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014, co-edited books, Perspectives on South Asian Security (2012) and Saving Afghanistan (2009).