Amit Bhandari

Amit Bhandari

Fellow, Energy & Environment Studies Programme

Amit has worked in the business media and financial markets for over a decade. He started his career with Economic  Times,  where he tracked the energy sector. He was a part of the start up team of ET Now, the business news channel. Amit  was  responsible for setting up India Reality Research, a new research outfit within CLSA India, a stock broking firm. He  has  also worked with Deccan Chronicle Group as the business editor for their general dailies. He holds an Masters in Business Administration from IIM- Ahmedabad and a Bachelors degree in Technology from IT-BHU.  Download high-res bio image
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Geopolitics of energy sources and supplies, energy technology and global energy markets

Last modified: July 5, 2018

Recent projects

Hambantota_Port Courtesy: Wikipedia
31 May 2018 Gateway House

The intensifying backlash against BRI

The high cost and political impact of Chinese-funded infrastructure in countries like Myanmar, Malaysia and Sri Lanka make it imperative for India to work with Japan to provide alternatives, to ensure that the region is neither bankrupted nor militarised by Chinese influence.
aashna-china Courtesy: Gateway House
14 May 2018 Gateway House

Gwadar: trade hub or military asset?

China’s ostensible intentions are to turn Gwadar port into a focal point of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. But the geography of the region is a major stumbling block in the realisation of these ambitions and raises questions about the project’s underlying motives
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13 May 2018

Trump hits Iran and India reels

Amit Bhandari, Fellow, Energy and Environment Studies, Gateway House, and Kunal Kulkarni, Senior Researcher, Gateway House, write an op-ed for The Asian Age on the possible implications of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to withdraw from the JCPOA, more colloquially Read more

S400 Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
3 May 2018 Gateway House

Indian defence: collateral damage of Russia sanctions

American sanctions on Russian defence companies may end up hurting an innocent bystander: India's defence sector. In particular, they could threaten Indian military procurement, and also may complicate India’s attempts to produce more of its own defence hardware. India needs to study the issue closely to prepare for what may come
This-suspension-bridge-connects-Khaplu-and-Shyok-valleys-upto-the-last-village-of-Hushe-before-climbing-to-K2 Courtesy: The Third Pole
5 April 2018 Gateway House

Pakistan’s deepening security and economic risk

Pakistan’s economic mismanagement and support for terrorism will leave its economy in a hole – and imperil the multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Gateway House's research on Chinese investments in India's Neighbourhood. Researched by Amit Bhandari and Chandni Jindal. Courtesy: Gateway House
12 March 2018 Gateway House

Chinese Investments in India’s Neighbourhood

India and the world have watched China’s growing investment in Asia and beyond with a mix of awe and apprehension. The unprecedented scale of these investments are reshaping political arrangements around South Asia.
15maldives-master675 Courtesy: New York Times
15 February 2018 Gateway House

Maldives: the Quad’s first crisis

The crisis in the Maldives is a case study of Chinese investments undermining democratic institutions in smaller countries. It poses long term threats to India’s economic and political security. And almost overnight, it has turned the Indian Ocean into the Indo-Pacific
Gateway House's research map on Chinese investments in Nepal. Researched by Amit Bhandari and Chandni Jindal. Courtesy: Gateway House
7 February 2018 Gateway House

Nepal: Exploiting The Elite

Nepal has historically enjoyed close economic ties with India. An open border and the large number of Nepalis in the Indian army testify to the two countries’ economic and social proximity. But as with other countries in India’s neighbourhood, Chinese investment is leading Nepal to tilt towards China.