Bose, Sumantra

Professor Sumantra Bose  


Position held

Professor of International and Comparative Politics


Experience keywords:

Bosnia; India; Israeli Palestinian conflict; Kashmir; Sri Lanka; conflict resolution; democratisation; ethnic conflict; former Yugoslavia; peace processes

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Sumantra Bose is a scholar of comparative politics and international relations. His work includes several acclaimed books--Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka (Harvard University Press, 2007), Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace (Harvard University Press, 2003), and Bosnia after Dayton: Nationalist Partition and International Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2002). Contested Lands was also published in Arabic translation in 2008, and in an edition for the Indian subcontinent by HarperCollins India, Delhi. Contested Lands and Kashmir are available worldwide in paperback and digital forms, and Bosnia after Dayton in hardback and paperback.

Professor Bose's new book Transforming India: Challenges to the World's Largest Democracy, has been published worldwide in autumn 2013 by Harvard University Press (and in the Indian subcontinent by Picador India, Delhi). Transforming India is available in print and digital forms.

Sumantra Bose graduated in 1992 with highest honours from Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA and received MA, MPhil and PhD (1998) degrees in political science from Columbia University, New York, USA. He is a citizen of India, where he spends a considerable proportion of his time. He contributes regularly on his topics and areas of expertise to many international media including the BBC and Al-Jazeera.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Bosnia; India; Israel; Kashmir; Palestine; Sri Lanka


Bengali [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Bosnian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Hindi [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Serbian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Urdu [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

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+44 (0)20 7955 7811

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Banerjee, Mukulika and Bose, Sumantra (2014) What can other democracies learn from India? E-debate with LSE academics South Asia @ LSE (9 Apr 2014) blog

Banerjee, Mukulika and Bose, Sumantra (2014) Spotlight on India’s Lok Sabha elections: why do Indians vote? South Asia @ LSE (7 Apr 2014) blog


Bose, Sumantra (2013) Indian democracy: a work in progress South Asia @ LSE (15 Oct 2013) blog

Bose, Sumantra (2013) Transforming India: challenges to the world's largest democracy in the 21st Century Harvard University Press, Cambridge, USA. ISBN 9780674050662


Bose, Sumantra and South Asia, LSE (2012) Historical inevitability? The regionalisation of Indian politics (Part I) South Asia @ LSE (9 Jul 2012) blog

Bose, Sumantra (2012) Class, culture, and politics: the making of Mamata Banerjee South Asia @ LSE (26 Sep 2012) blog

Bose, Sumantra and South Asia, LSE (2012) Historical inevitability? The regionalisation of Indian politics (Part II) South Asia @ LSE (11 Jul 2012) blog

Bose, Sumantra (2012) Book review: The books that inspired Sumantra Bose:“Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched achord with both my national and personalbackground” LSE Review of Books (5 Aug 2012) Blog entry

Bose, Sumantra (2012) The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background” Impact of Social Sciences Blog (12 Aug 2012) Blog entry

Bose, Sumantra (2012) Peacemaking in conflicts over independence In: Fixdal, Mona, (ed.) Ways Out of War: Peacemakers in the Middle East and Balkans. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9781137030535


Bose, Sumantra (2011) To partition or not: a comparative perspective Ethnopolitics, 10 (3-4). 445-449. ISSN 1744-9057


Bose, Sumantra (2010) Kashmir In: Baruah, Sanjib, (ed.) Ethnonationalism in India: a Reader. Critical issues in Indian politics. Oxford University Press, India. ISBN 9780198060437


Bose, Sumantra (2008) Contested lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka [in Arabic] Arab Scientific Publishers, Beirut.


Bose, Sumantra (2007) Contested lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass. ISBN 9780674024472


Bose, Sumantra (2005) The Bosnian state a decade after Dayton International Peacekeeping, 12 (3). 322-335. ISSN 1353-3312


Bose, Sumantra (2004) Kashmir, roots of conflict: paths to peace In: Laqueur, Walter, (ed.) Voices of Terror. Reed Press, New York, USA, 458-463. ISBN 9781594290350

Bose, Sumantra (2004) Decolonization and state-building in South Asia Journal of International Affairs, 58 (1). 95-113. ISSN 0022-197X


Bose, Sumantra (2003) Kashmir: roots of conflict, paths to peace Harvard University Press, Massachusetts, UK. ISBN 9780674011731

Bose, Sumantra (2003) Mostar: International Intervention in a Divided Bosnian Town In: Siani-Davies, Peter, (ed.) International Intervention in the Balkans Since 1995. Routledge.

Bose, Sumantra (2003) The Implications of Ethnonational Conflict for Democracy In: Karatnycky, Adrian and Piano, Aili and Puddington, Arch, (eds.) Freedom in the World 2003. Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc.


Bose, Sumantra (2002) Bosnia after Dayton: Nationalist partition and international intervention Oxford University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9780195158489

Bose, Sumantra (2002) Flawed mediation, chaotic implementation: the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan peace agreement In: Stedman, Stephen J, (ed.) ENDing Civil Wars: the Implementation of Peace Agreements. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO, 631-662. ISBN 9781588260833


Bose, Sumantra (2001) Kashmir at the crossroads: problems and possibilities Security Dialogue, 32 (1). 41-64. ISSN 0967-0106


Bose, Sumantra (2000) Kashmir, 1990-2000: reflections on individual voices in a dirty war Development, 43 (3). ISSN 1011-6370


Bose, Sumantra (1999) Kashmir: sources of conflict, dimensions of peace Survival, 41 (3). 149-171. ISSN 0039-6338


Bose, Sumantra (1997) The challenge in Kashmir: Democracy, self-determination and a just peace Sage Publications, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780803993501


Bose, Sumantra (1994) States, nations, sovereignty: Sri Lanka, India and the Tamil Eelam movement Sage Publications, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780803991705

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