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Jaideep Saikia Security and Terrorism Analyst, India

Jaideep Saikia (India) is a security and terrorism analyst based in Assam. He has authored and/or edited seven books, including, Terror Sans Frontiers: Islamist Militancy in North East India (2004) and Bangladesh: Treading the Taliban Trail (ed., 2006), Frontier in Flames: North East India in Turmoil (ed. 2007). He had his education at the Royal Indian Military College, Dehra Dun, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and as a Ford Fellow at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA. He has travelled widely in the USA, Europe, China, and in South and South East Asia on academic assignments, and is the recipient of many fellowships including the National Foundation for India, when he studied the security situation in Kashmir, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies fellowship for research in Sri Lanka. He also visited the US as an International Visitor on the invitation of the Department of State in its programme on ‘International Crime Issues and Global Cooperation’. Later he also worked on the United Nations University project on challenges for peace building. Saikia has served the governments of India and Assam in security advisory capacities, including the National Security Council Secretariat of India as an expert on North East India. Saikia was a member of the Indian delegation for ‘Track II’ dialogue with Bangladesh in 2007 and is a referee for the journal, Strategic Analysis.