Kadira Pethiyagoda is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. His research focuses on India’s relations with the Gulf States, drawing on experience in Indian foreign policy spanning both policymaking and academia.
Previously, Pethiyagoda worked as a Foreign Affairs advisor to an Australian Shadow Foreign Minister and advised several other parliamentarians on foreign policy matters. He provided analysis and advice on major diplomatic relationships with India, China, Russia and the United States, as well as conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine. As an Australian diplomat and Foreign Service officer, Pethiyagoda covered bilateral relations with India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Iraq and the European Union, and undertook trade analysis and public diplomacy. As a senior advisor at Australia’s Refugee Tribunal, he examined the human rights situations in South Asia.
As a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Pethiyagoda taught on South Asia’s foreign relations and researched India’s approach to humanitarian intervention and U.N. reform at Oxford’s Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. He is currently writing two books: one on Indian foreign policy and another on Indian culture for a mainstream audience, for which he won manuscript sponsorship.