M.D. Nalapat

Director, Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University

M.D. Nalapat is the director of the School of Geopolitics at Manipal University in Manipal, India. A gold medalist in economics from Bombay University. He is also a UNESCO Peace Chair, Senior Associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Board Member of the India-China-America Institute and Associate of the United Services Institution of India. A noted China expert, M.D. Nalapat has also been quoted here in the Global Times.

Indo-China; Indo-Taiwan; Indian foreign policy, nuclear politics

Last modified: August 31, 2017

Recent projects

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21 January 2016 Gateway House

Can India tie up with Taiwan & Tsai?

India has long sought China over Taiwan, so is it too late to rectify foreign policy? The recent election results in Taiwan have upset China as China fears it will lose control over Taiwan. Gateway House interviews noted China expert Professor Nalapat to get his take on Taiwan's new president-elect and what lies ahead for tenuous Sino-Indian-Taiwan relations.
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31 March 2015 Gateway House

An upsurge of Wahabbis confront the “Sabahis”

Currently, it appears that the Wahabbis have the upper hand over the "Sabahis" in the middle east. But the war for the hearts and minds of a people as gifted as the Arabs, is far from over.
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15 January 2015 Gateway House

Rajapaksa: down but not out

Incumbent Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa lost to his opponent Maithripala Sirisena in the recent elections. The reasons have been attributed to nepotism and dwindling support from the Sinhala community. With considerable challenges awaiting the new government, it would be wise to not rule out a return of Mahinda
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11 December 2014 Gateway House

Taiwan’s centrality in Asian geopolitics

Internal power struggles within the Chinese CCP has allowed the People's Liberation Army a greater role in setting China's foreign policy. This has significant implications for the region because the status quo between China and Taiwan needs to be maintained to ensure stability in Asia and to avoid of future conflicts.

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24 June 2014 Gateway House

The Iraq crisis and India’s energy security

Professor Madhav Nalapat, the director of the School of Geopolitics at Manipal University talks of the Wahhabi winter sweeping West Asia. In an interview to Manjeet Kripalani, Co-founder, Gateway House, he speaks of the need to include regional experts and religious leaders to deal with its impact on India
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19 May 2014 Gateway House

‘Modi will be firm on Indian interests’

Professor M.D. Nalapat, Director, Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University talks about India’s foreign policy in the Modi era. In an interview to Gateway House, he says that as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be pragmatic in his dealings with the U.S. and China and will focus on creating harmony in Asia
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6 November 2013 Gateway House

The new Indo-Pacific core

The India-Japan alliance needs to be viewed through a prism broader than that of "containing" China, and by treating the Indian and Pacific oceans as a single entity. Such an alliance has the potential to strengthen the geopolitical security of India and Japan, along with that of all their allies and associates
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24 September 2013 Gateway House

The case for India-Alignment

India often finds itself in the right place at the wrong time or vice versa, as our dogma of non-alignment trumps honest calculations of self-interest in policy-making – rendering it unfavourable. The national interest, hence, calls for selective alignment on some issues with Washington and on others with Beijing