Jaideep Saikia is a security analyst with over two dozen published and
presented academic papers on security and strategy and the author of the book,
Contours: Essays on Security and Strategy which received excellent reviews in
the media. He has also published a collection of his poems, Lyrics from the
Amygdala and is co-editor of the book, Development Challenges in India: Assam in
the 21st Century. The present book, grew out of his research as an ACDIS-Ford
fellow in the Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security program at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Born in 1966, Jaideep Saikia had his education at the Rashtriya Indian Military
College, Dehra Dun and at St Stephen's College, University of Delhi. He has
travelled widely in USA, Europe and in South and South East Asia on academic
assignments. He travelled to Pakistan as the guest of President Gen Zia-ul-Haq
in 1988. Earlier, he travelled to Kashmir and studied the security situation on
a fellowship from the National Foundation for India, New Delhi and to Sri Lanka
on a Regional Centre for Strategic Studies fellowship. He visited the People's
Republic of China where he lectured and interacted with the top think tanks and
universities of Beijing, Fudan and Zhejiang. He was also an "International
Visitor" to USA to study "International Crime Issues & Global Cooperation" on
the invitation of the US Department of State. Saikia was part of an
international expert group for a mandated agency of the United Nations in its
project "Devious Objectives and Spoilers in Peace Processes." He examined the
thesis with an eye to Kashmir.
Jaideep Saikia lives in Guwahati and is presently working on a book on the ULFA.