Associate Researcher
International relations


Isabelle SAINT-MEZARD is a lecturer on Asian geopolitics at the French Institute of Geopolitics, University of Paris 8 Vincennes – St-Denis. She was formerly a Research Fellow on the China-India Project at the Centre of Asian Studies/ Institute of Humanities, the University of Hong Kong. She also worked as an analyst on India, Pakistan and Afghanistan for the Directorate for Strategic Planning, French Ministry of Defence.

She collaborates with various think tanks, including Asia Centre, Paris and Centre of Asian Studies, Institut Français de Relations Internationales (IFRI) as associate researcher. She regularly interacts with French government bodies and teaches South Asian geopolitics at Sciences Po as well as Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco).

Dr Saint-Mézard has a PhD in international relations from Sciences Po Paris (Institute of Political Studies, Paris).
Her research interests focus on strategic affairs in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region, with a special focus on India’s external relations and defence policies. She is also developing an interest in the interplay between India’s diplomatic orientations and the business interests of its corporate sector. She has authored various articles on these topics as well as chapters in edited books. She has also written a monograph of India’s Look East policy (published by Manohar, India) and edited a volume on China-India relations.