Balakrishnan is a keen observer, analyst and commentator on global politics and military affairs. His research interests span several topics within the broad rubric of IR/Strategic Studies – Cyber and information warfare, defence policy, cross-domain deterrence, military innovation, missile non-proliferation and emerging technologies with military applications such as AI and robotics. He holds a MSc (Strategic Studies) from the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and a MRes (Contemporary India) from King’s College London (KCL). He was the Baillie Gifford Fellow at King’s College London (2014-15) and the Lee Foundation Scholar at RSIS, NTU (2016-17). He has also worked as a Research Intern at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, India’s leading foreign policy think tank and was a telecommuting intern at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. In September 2018, he will be commencing a PhD programme in Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa. In a previous career, based out of Canada and the U.S., he worked for several years in the Communications software industry.
Junior Research Fellow Ramesh Balakrishnan examines the unique rivalry between India and China, exploring how the development of their relationship will impact power balances in Asia.
Although many strongman leaders are portrayed as authoritarian, power hungry, and egotistic control freaks, Junior Research Fellow Ramesh Balakrishnan discusses how there is a world of difference between those leaders at the head of democracies versus those who are unelected and rule over dictatorships.
In his latest article Junior Research Fellow Ramesh Balakrishnan discusses how growth in global trade could be put at risk if current trade protectionist trends continue.
Junior Research Fellow Ramesh Balakrishnan explores ways small states can make up for their limited cyber security investment capabilities while still developing an effective cyber security strategy.
Junior Research Fellow Ramesh Balakrishnan examines the history of diplomacy between Iran and America and how it relates to President Trump’s current rhetoric regarding the Iran Deal.