Nagapushpa Devendra

Research Associate (Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)


Lehrgebäude 1 / Raum 0157

Visiting address

Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Nagapushpa Devendra

Nagapushpa Devendra is a PhD Research Scholar at the Chair of International Politics and Conflict Studies at the University of Erfurt. Her area of concentration is the “Limitation of Geoeconomic: An analytical framework to understand China’s foreign policy towards Iran”. She is also teaching staff, conducting her seminars on the Great Power Politics and the Middle East (West Asia) Conflict and Security at the University. Her other areas of interest are Weapon armament, Terrorism and Proxy wars.

Before joining Erfurt, she was working at India’s premier think tank, the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses where she exclusively focused on the West Asian region and the involvement of great powers such as the US, Russia and China. She has also worked as a consultant and editor for the BBC Monitoring team, gathering and publishing South and West Asia content. She has also worked as a Researcher at the Institute of Perception Studies - focusing on the application of international law in international crises such as Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Kashmir Valley etc. She has served as an ambassador of Greenpeace India researching and raising awareness on environmental crimes and sustainable development. She has worked as a Researcher at JKCCS, a regional think-tank in Indian-occupied Kashmir to study the influence of West Asian countries as well as to work on conflict crimes conducted by both state and non-state actors.


04/2017 - 03/2022 Research Analyst, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses         

12/2016 - 02/2017 Researcher, Institute of Perception Studies

03/2016 - 09/2016 Consultant, BBC Monitoring

04/2014 - 09/2014 Researcher, Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society

04/2012 - 05/2013 Ambassador, Greenpeace India


Journal/Website/Newspaper publications:

The New Government in Iraq: Challenges Ahead, November 15, 2021, MP-IDSA.

Iran Presidential Elections 2021, June 3, 2021, MP- IDSA.

India-Qatar Defence Cooperation: The Road Ahead, March 23, 2021, Diplomacy and Beyond, New Delhi.

Covid-19 and its Economic Impact in West Asia, January 2021, MP-IDSA West Asia Watch.

The Iran–China 25-years Deal: Where does it leave India? Aug 9, 2020 , The Rise.

Beijing’s Soft Diplomacy in West Asia in Times of COVID-19, Jul 3, 2020, MP- Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).

Conflict Zones: Syria, Yemen and Libya - Prasanta Kumar Pradhan, Nagapushpa Devendra and PaulamiSanyal, Jun 11, 2020, IDSA West Asia Watch.

Challenges for the Iraqi Government amid Domestic Political Crisis, Jun 2020, MP-IDSA West Asia Watch.

COVID-19 in Non-GCC Countries: An Overview, May 29, 2020, MP-IDSA.

Baghdad assassination and unfolding Iran-US crisis in Iraq, Jan 11, 2020, The Kootneeti.

What Turkey’s ‘Operation Peace Spring’ means for Syria?, Oct 15, 2019, The Kootneti.

S400: A Potential Game-Changer in US-Turkey Relations?, Jul 30, 2019, IDSA West Asia Watch.

Consolidating India-Iran Cooperation, Feb 14, 2019 publication, MP- IDSA.

The Hodeidah Ceasefire: Light at the End of Tunnel?, Feb 10, 2019, MP-IDSA.

Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) Act of Retouch in the G20 Summit, Jan 7, 2019, Center for Land and WarefareStudies.

Regional Hotspots: Libya, Syria and Yemen, Dec 31, 2018, MP-IDSA.

Davos in the Desert: A Mirage?, Nov 28, 2018, Diplomatist Magazine.

Assad-Kurds alliance can resolve Turkey’s conundrum in Syria, Nov 9, Center for Land and WarefareStudies.

The Turkey-Saudi Dispute Over Khashoggi’s Disappearance, Oct 18, 2018, The Globe Post, US.

Iraq's Worsening Water Woes, Oct 2018, MP- IDSA West Asia Watch.

US-Turkey Dispute: Implication on Bilateral Trade and Defence Cooperation, Sep 2018, DiplomatistMagazine.

Trump and Erdogan’s Wars of Words: Impact on the Turkish Economy, Aug 21, 2018, Global Research, Canada.

Is Syrian War Against Rebels Approaching Its End? – Analysis, Jul 27, 2018, Eurasia Review.

Erdogan’s Election Victory: Implications for Turkey and the Middle East, Jul 8, 2018, The Globe Post, US.

Iraq Post-Elections: Government Formation amid Vote Recount, Jul 2018, MP-IDSA.

Accessing Israel-Iran Simmering Rivalry In Syria – Analysis, Jun 15, 2018, Eurasia Review.

The Revival Of Cold War: US Strike In Syria, Jun 5, 2018, Oriental Review, Russia.

Iraqi Elections Amidst Dissent and Disagreements, May 12, 2018, Middle East Insititute, New Delhi.

NATO Allies Play War of Aggression in Northern Syria, May 1, 2018, The Globe post, US.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: allies, adversaries or something else?, Apr 25, 2018,

Turkey’s Military Offensive in Afrin, Apr 23, 2018, Oriental Review, Russia.

Opportunities and Potentialities in India-Jordon Relations, Apr 11, 2018, Center for Land and WarefareStudies.

The Festering Quagmire: Wars within Syria, Apr 2018, IDSA.

Unfolding Israel-Saudi-Emirati alliance and its impact on Palestine, Apr 2018, The Diplomatist, volume 6, Issue4.

King Abdullahâ's visit: Could Jordan mediate between India and Pakistan? Mar 28, 2018, Indian DefenseReview.

Iranian President Rouhani’s Visit to India: An Analysis, Mar 16, 2018, Indian Defense Review.