Dr Ashok SharmaAdjunct Associate Professor

Research Interests

International Relations and Security Studies


Dr Ashok Sharma is an Adjunct Faculty at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) at Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Prior to joining the UNSW at ADFA, Dr. Sharma was a Fellow of Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne, a Lecturer  in Politics and International Relations at the University Auckland, a Visiting Academic at the University of Waikato, and an Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellow at Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), The Australian National University in 2008.

Ashok is also a Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA), Auckland Branch and has been a Fellow at the New Zealand-India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr. Sharma was a Faculty at Delhi University college and worked with New Delhi- based strategic and foreign policy think tanks namely Observer Research Foundation, Centre for Air Power Studies and Centre for Land Warfare Studies. Dr Sharma holds a BA (Hons.) in Political Science from Ramjas College, Delhi University; an MA in Political Science, an M Phil and a PhD in American Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

Ashok’s broad research interest is in international relations, global security and the Indo-Pacific strategic issues with a focus on ethnic lobbying in the US foreign policy; great power geo-politics including the U.S.-China-India strategic geometry in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region; Quadrilateral Alliance in the Indo-Pacific region; India’s domestic politics, foreign and defence policy; the US-India foreign, defence, and security relations; India’s relationship with Australia and New Zealand; global security with emphasis on terrorism, nuclear issues and the geo-politics of energy security. He has extensively published in refereed journals, edited books, periodicals, reviews and media, and has given seminar and conference presentations in Australia, New Zealand, the US and India.

Dr Sharma, an astute observer of India-US relations, is one of the leading experts on India-US geopolitics. He is the author of the book Indian Lobbying and its Influence in US Decision Making: Post-Cold War (Sage Publications 2017). Currently, he is working on his two forthcoming books tentatively titled The India-US Relations in the 21st Century and India’s Energy Security and Consequences for its Geopolitics.


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