The Bridge Project

GS 03 The Human Dimension in International Relations (ft. Dhruva Jaishankar)

June 07, 2020 thebridgeproject
The Bridge Project
GS 03 The Human Dimension in International Relations (ft. Dhruva Jaishankar)
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In this episode of The Bridge Project Gold Series, we will talk about "The Human Dimension" of International Relations. We will try to understand the intangible factors that determine the interest and approach towards Indian Foreign Policy. How do of life experiences, passion and risk-taking abilities of an individual lead him/her to address real-world research problems in International Relations? The objective of this offbeat episode is to motivate young scholars on how they can play their part in bridging the policy-academia divide in IR and Indian Foreign Policy.

We are joined by Dhruva Jaishankar in the quest.
Dhruva Jaishankar is Director of the U.S. Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation (ORF). He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute in Australia and is a regular contributor to the Indian and international media. He has been associated with Brooking Institution in the past, worked in CNN-IBN as a news reporter and also been a consultant to many strategic firms from time to time.

Show Notes
1. Munck, G.L. and Snyder, R., 2007. Passion, craft, and method in comparative politics. JHU Press.
2. For more information on Dhruva Jaishankar's work, visit

The Bridge Project (2020), "The Human Dimension in International Relations", Gold(3), 7 June 2020, URL:

Research Credits:
Ambuj Sahu (Host) and Mahima Kaur Bajaj

Music Credits:
Inspired by Kevin MacLeod

Cultivating Interest in International Relations
Observing Real-World International Developments
Early Career Experience
Career Options
Balancing Passion and Professional Commitments
What makes a good researcher?
Closing Remarks