Ms. Sumitha Narayanan Kutty is Leverhulme Doctoral Fellow in the Centre for Grand Strategy at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She is also Adjunct Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, where she previously managed and conducted research projects in its South Asia Programme. She works on issues related to security, foreign policy and rising powers with an empirical focus on India’s role in the Indo Pacific and the Middle East. She has field-work experience in India, Iran, Israel, UAE, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the strategic island states of Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles. Sumitha is co-editor (with Rajesh Basrur) of India and Japan: Assessing the Strategic Partnership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and has published in journals such as International Politics, The Washington Quarterly and Asia Policy. She is a frequent commentator in the media including Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, RFE/RL, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, The National Interest, Lawfare, Bourse & Bazaar and Al-Monitor. She holds multiple degrees in journalism from India (Asian College of Journalism; St. Aloysius College) and a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.