Jean-Luc Racine

Member of the working group on Independentism, Separatism, Irredentism and State building developed in the framework of the International Panel on Exiting Violence


Jean-Luc Racine, a PhD from Sorbonne University, is Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences -EHESS- Paris), and Senior Fellow at Asia Centre, a Paris based think tank.

He has been part of second track circuits for many years. He speaks regularly in institutions dedicated to international affairs or security studies, and appears in French and English speaking medias on South Asian affairs. He is a member of the working group on ‘Independentism, Separatism, Irredentism and State building’ developed in the framework of the International Panel on Exiting Violence set up by the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), and member of the Franco-Iranian Group for Geopolitical Dialogue run by the Collège d’études mondiales, an another FMSH initiative.

He has written or edited more than a dozen of books on India and on South Asia. His last edited books in French have been focussed on “India and Asia” (2009) and, as a special issue of the geopolitical journal Herodote, on the “Geopolitics of Pakistan” (2010). He has been editor of the Asia Yearbook (Annuaire Asie) published by the French Government Press (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). He is currently preparing a book based upon the lectures on India he delivered during the summer 2017 as Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

He is member of the editorial board of Asia Trends, the India Review, and Questions Internationales, member of the scientific council of the CSFRS (Conseil Supérieur de la Formation et de la Recherche Stratégique), and is on the advisory board of the South Asia Democratic Forum, Brussels.

Research themes

  • The internal dynamics of change in India;
  • The ways emerging India redefines her position on the Asian and on the global chessboards,
  • The geopolitics of South Asia, particularly Pakistan’s regional policy and India-Pakistan relations, including in their Afghan and Chinese dimensions.


For a longer bilingual list, see the page in French

"Pakistan’s India Policy: What is the ‘Core Issue’ after 9/11?", in Saeed Shafqat (ed), New Perspectives on Pakistan. Visions for the Future, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2007, pp. 381-416

"Post-post Colonial India : from Regional Power to Global Player", Politique étrangère, special issue, First World Policy Conference, 2008, pp 65-78

"The Pakistani Paradigm". Translation of “Le paradigme pakistanais”, Hérodote 4/2010 (No 139), pp. 3-50.

"Now that he is gone. Pakistan after the death of Osama bin Laden", in Wendy Kristianasen (ed.): The Best of Le Monde Diplomatique 2012, London, Pluto Press, pp. 146-152

"The EU, India and non-traditional security: convergences and challenges", in Luis Peral & Vijay Sakhuja: The EU-India partnership: time to go strategic?, Paris, European Union Institute for Security Studies, 2012, pp. 25-38

"Pakistan’s predicament: the diagnostic and the debate within." Pakistan Vision, Lahore, Pakistan Studies Centre, vol. 13, n°1, June 2012, pp. 1-31

"The next step: a note on the issue of caste census in India", in Hervé Le Bras, Jean-Luc Racine & Michel Wieviorka, National Debates on Race Statistics: towards an International Comparison, FMSH-WP-2012-01, Paris, February 2012, pp. 12-18

"My neighbour’s neighbour. India renews its old influence in Afghanistan", Le Monde diplomatique, November 2014

"The European Union and the India-Pakistan Relationship", in R.K. Jain (ed.): The European Union and South Asia, New Delhi, Knowledge Publications, 2015, pp. 10-33

"Secessionism in Independent India: Failed Attempts, Irredentism and Accommodation", in Jean-Pierre Cabestan & Aleksandar Pavkovic (eds): Secessionism and Separatism in Europe and Asia, London, New York, Routledge, 2013, pp. 147-163

"From the Great Game 3.0 to the U.S. Asia Pivot: the New Geometry of South Asia’s Geopolitics", in Wolf, Schöttli et al., Politics in South Asia: Culture, Rationality and Conceptual Flow, Heidelberg, Springler. 2015, pp. 137-15

"India’s French Foreign Policy: Strategic Partnership First, in Sumit Ganguly" (ed.): Engaging the World: Indian Foreign Policy since 1947, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 245-270

"Pakistan’s Strategic Paradigm : Escaping the Complexities of the Religious Factor", Paris Paper n°13, IRSEM, July 2015

"Bangladesh’s identity crisis. Struggle between islamist movements and political parties" Le Monde diplomatique, December 2016

"The challenge of terrorism in South Asia". Asia Trends, n°1, Spring 2017, pp. 30-38

"France and Pakistan", in Rajendra Jain (ed.), India, Europe and Pakistan, New Delhi, Knowledge World, 2018, pp. 140-152


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23 September 2016