Kashish Parpiani

Kashish Parpiani is Consultant, Americas (AMS) Division at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India. Prior to his current stint at the MEA, Kashish was associated with the Observer Research Foundation, in the capacity of Research Fellow. His research interests included US-India bilateral ties, US grand strategy, and US foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific.

Kashish holds post graduate degrees (MSc) in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (NTU, Singapore) and (MA) in the United States’ Foreign Policy from the University of Warwick (UK).

Beyond ORF, his articles and research papers have been published at the Institute for National Security Studies (Israel), the Centre for Asia and Globalization (Singapore), Deccan Herald (India), the Marine Corps University Press (US), The Hindu (India), and the Rising Powers in Global Governance Project (Turkey). Kashish is also the co-author of the book — America and the Indo-Pacific - Trump and Beyond (Routledge, 2021).

Kashish has presented research papers at conferences by the Shanghai University, the International Studies Association (ISA), and London School of Economics–IDEAS. Kashish has been quoted across media platforms such as The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, TIME magazine, and Al Jazeera.

Prior to his time in the study of international relations, Kashish was a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist. Whereby, he undertook assignments with clients like MTV India, Percept Media, Please-See Advertising, and Vogue India. Kashish also published ‘Sons in Exile’ — a documentation of the lives of young monks at the Von Ngari Monastery (Manali, India), which was extensively covered by national and international media. In July 2015, Kashish was the youngest on a roster of 29 Indian photographers — selected by Mercedes-Benz India and Better Photography magazine, to photograph a campaign for the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200. At the age of 17, Kashish also received the Nikon - Better Photography Young Photographer of the Year (Category - Wildlife) award in 2009.