Dr. Yeshi Choedon – Bio

Professor Yeshi Choedon has been a faculty member of the Centre since 2004. Her Ph.D. thesis was on “China, the United Nations and Major Conflict Situations in Asia”. From October 1988 to March 2004, she worked as Lecturer and later as Reader in Political Science and International Relations at the Sikkim Government College, Gangtok. She was awarded the UGC Career Award from 1995 to 1998 and was a DAAD Fellow at Free University, Berlin in 1997. As an awardee of Nehru-Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, she was affiliated with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, for eight months from August 2010 to April 2011. She presented a paper at the World Congress on Human Rights, New Delhi in December 1990 and also presented a paper at the XVIth World Congress of International Political Science Association in 1994. She attended several times the international seminars on Tibetan Studies organized by International Association of Tibetan Studies and Annual Conventions organized by International Studies Association. Professor Choedon has attended and participated in numerous other seminars, conferences and workshops in India and abroad. She also attended the advance training and dialogue programme on ‘Managing Global Governance’ at German Development Institute, Bonn from 01June 2008 to 13 September, 28 September to 21 December 2008; attended the Training Programme on ‘International Future’ at Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin from 15 to 26 September 2008.

Professor Choedon’s research interests are in the field of peace, security, democratization and human rights. She teaches M.Phil. Course on “United Nations and Global Problems”, “Theoretical Issues in International Organization” and “India and International Organizations”. At the M.A. level, she teaches “International Organization”. She visited the UN Headquarters in New York for fieldwork for her Ph.D. thesis in 1986 and for a research project on UN peacekeeping operation in 2012. She also visited Washington DC in 1998 for fieldwork for the research project on “US-China Relations: Human Rights Dimension”. She also visited Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, for field work for a research project on “The United Nations Peace-Building in Kosovo: An Analysis of Coordination Issue” in 2008.


(a) Books

  1. China and the United Nations (New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 1999).
  2. [Co-author with Dawa Norbu] Tibet (New Delhi: Roli Books, 1997).
  3. Politics of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Resource Mobilisation and Alternative Arrangements (New Delhi: KW Publishers Pvt. Ltd, 2015)

(b) Chapters in Edited Books

  1. “India and China on United Nations Peacekeeping: A Comparative Analysis”, in Sudhir Kumar Singh, ed., Sino-Indian Relations: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century (New Delhi: Pentagon), 2011.
  2. “State, Non-Governmental Organizations and Refugees: A Study of their Interface with regard to Education of Tibetan Refugee Children”, in Saadet Asian and Peter Schweiger ed., Tibetan Studies: An Anthology, (Konigswinter: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies), 2010.
  3. “India’s Role in the UN Peacekeeping Operations: An Analysis of the Rationale of Participations”, in Ankush B, Sawant ed., Sixty Years of India’ Contribution to the United Nations, (Delhi: Authorpress), 2010.
  4. “Democratization Aspect of the Peace Building in Afghanistan: The Role of United Nations”, in Nalini Kant Jha ed., Democracy, Nation Building and Peace in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects (Delhi: Har-Anand Publications), 2009.
  5. “Mainstreaming the Gender in Democratization of Afghanistan: The Role of United Nations”, in Mondira Dutta ed., Emerging Afghanistan in the Third Millennium, (Delhi: Pentagon Press), 2009.
  6. “Role of India and Australia in the UN Peacekeeping Operations: Convergences and Divergences”, in D. Gopal (ed.), India-Australia Relations: Convergences and Divergences (Delhi: Shirpa), 2008 .
  7. “United Nations Peace Activities” (lesson for Senior Secondary course in Political Science in the Module on World Order and the United Nations for National Institute of Open Schooling, New Delhi, 2005).
  8. “Issues of Tibetan Nationalism and National Identify” in Henk Blezer, (ed.), Tibet: Past and Present (Leiden: Brill), 2002.
  9. “Politics and Diplomacy in the UN” in G.P. Deshpande and Alka Acharya, (ed.), 50 Years of India and China (New Delhi: Tulika), 2001.
  10. “Impact of Modernization on Society and Culture of Sikkim” in K. Warikoo, (ed.), Society and Culture in the Himalayas (Delhi: Har-anand Publishers), 1995.
  11. “The Rights of Minorities” in K.P. Saksena, (ed.), Human Rights Perspective and Challenges (New Delhi: Lancers Books), 1994.
  12. “Chinese National Minorities Policy: Special Reference to Tibet” in K. Warikoo and Dawa Norbu, (eds.), Ethnicity and Politics in Central Asia (Delhi: South Asian Publishers), 1992.
  13. “China: Domestic Constraints” in K.P. Saksena, (ed.), The Gulf in Turmoil – A Global Response (New Delhi: Lancers), 1992.

(c) Research Papers in Journals

  1. “India and Democracy Promotion: Cautious Approach and Opportunity”, India Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 2, June 2015, pp. 160-173.
  2. “Indian and Chinese Engagement in UN Complex Peacekeeping Operations: A Comparative Perspective”, China Report, Vol. 49, No. 2, May 2013, pp. 205-226.
  3. The United Nations Peacebuilding in Kosovo: The Issue of Coordination” International Studies, Vol.47, No.1, January 2010, pp. 41-57.
  4. “Paradox of International System in the Case of Tibet Question” World Focus, No.4, April 2008, pp. 139-142.
  5. “The Question of Tibet in Recent Times”, World Focus, 2007, vol.xxvii, no.3, 107-112.
  6. “Chasing the Security Council Dream”, Africa Quarterly (New Delhi) 2007, vol.47, no.1, 22-29.
  7. “India and the Current Concerns of UN Peacekeeping: Issues and Prospects”, India Quarterly, 2007, vol. LXIII, no.2, April-June, 150-184.
  8. “India’s Perspective on the UN Security Council Reform”, India Quarterly, 2007, vol. LXIII, no.4, October-December, 14-48.
  9. “The Current Trends in UN Peacekeeping and India: Issues and Prospects” India Foreign Affairs Journal (New Delhi) 2006, vol.1, no.4, 60-77.
  10. “China’s Stand on UN Peacekeeping Operations: Changing Priorities of Foreign Policy”, China Report, 2005, 41(1), 39-56.
  11. “Role of the United Nations in Promoting Women’s Empowerment: A Case Study of India”, Journal of Contemporary Asia and Europe (Jaipur) 2005, vol.II, no.1, Jan-June, 59-80.
  12. “The United Nations and Women’s Rights: An Overview of Issues and Achievements”, South Asian Journal of Human Rights (Siliguri) 2005, vol.1, no.1, 1-22.
  13. “The Human Rights Factor in US-China Relations: The Carter Period”, China Report (New Delhi), vol. 36, no.2, April-June 2000.
  14. “Human Rights as a Factor in German Foreign Policy”, Indian Journal of Politics (Aligarh) 1997, vol. xxxi, no.4, pp. 120-138.
  15. “Cultural Evolution of Sikkim: A Survey”, Bulletin of Tibetology (Gangtok) 1995, Seminar Volume.
  16. “Tibet and Recent Development in Central Asia”, Indian Journal of Politics (Aligarh) 1993, vol. xxvii, no.1-2.
  17. “The Third World in China’s Foreign Policy”, Strategic Studies (Kathmandu) 1986, no.8- 10.