Joe Thomas Karackattu

Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu is trained in International Relations [Chinese Studies] (MA, MPhil and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) and Economics (BA Honours, from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi). He was “Fox Fellow” (2008-09) at Yale University, USA. 

Dr Karackattu’s research explicates the linkages between economic interdependence and conflict, with special focus on China’s foreign and economic policy, India-China relations, Cross-Strait ties, and democratization and economic development in Taiwan. Most recently, the India China Institute at The New School, New York selected him as one of the “Emerging Scholars” for 2015. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Centenary Visiting Fellowship (nominated award) at SOAS, University of London (2013). 

[detailed CV upon request:  joethomask [AT]]


The Economic Partnership Between India and Taiwan in a Post-ECFA Ecosystem (Series: SpringerBriefs in Economics), June 2013, ISBN 978-81-322-1277-5, Springer

Refereed Journal Articles:

“India–China Border Dispute: Boundary-Making and Shaping of Material Realities from the Mid-Nineteenth to Mid-Twentieth Century”, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society , Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp 1-25. doi:10.1017/S1356186317000281 
“Assessing Sino-Indian Economic Relations in an Interdependence Framework: 1992-2008”, Economic and Political Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2015, 129-159
"India-China trade at the borders: challenges and opportunities", Journal of Contemporary China, Taylor & Francis, USA; Vol. 22, No 82, July 2013 
“Post-ECFA Outlook for the relationship across the Taiwan Strait”, Issues & Studies, Vol 48, No 4, December 2012 

"‘Social Capital’ and its Significance in Reimagining Chindia", Strategic Analysis, January 2012, Volume 36, No 1, pp 23-29, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, UK

“China’s response to the global economic crisis: An Indian perspective”, China Public Administration Review, Volume 11, 2011, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, China(with Jiyong Jin) (2011), "Infectious Diseases and Securitization: WHO's Dilemma", Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, June 2011, Vol. 9, No. 2: 181-187, USA

“Fighting the recession: the Elephant and the Dragon”, South Asian Studies Quarterly, No 137: 2, April-June 2009, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

"The 2008 Referendum: A Test for Cross-Strait economic interdependence", China Report, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan-March), 2008, SAGE Publications

Occasional Paper:

“India–China economic relations: trends, challenges and policy options”, ICS Occasional Paper # 6, December 2013, The Institute of Chinese Studies, India

Academic Periodical:

"South Asian trade: Where does China fit in?", South Asian Journal, Vol 37, July 2012: pp 91-114, Lahore, Pakistan

Review essay:

Review Essay of China, India And Beyond: Development Drivers and Limitations by Natalia Dinello and Wang Shaoguang (eds; 2009), Global Development Network Series: Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, in China Report, 2012, Vol 48, No 1&2, pp 219-223, SAGE

Book chapters:

“China’s economic growth: Retrospect and Outlook” in China Yearbook 2011, New Delhi: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, April 2012

“Democracy and Economics in Taiwan” in Daniel Stockemer (ed; 2011), Democratization Around the World: New Insights from South East Asia, Turkey, Kosovo, Taiwan and Ghana [Hardcover], New York: Edwin Mellen Press, pp 109-139, USA

Forthcoming: “The US pivot and rebalancing in Asia: an economic assessment”, CPPR

Conferences/Seminar papers/ Invited Lectures:

Presented the paper titled, “India-China border dispute: assessing boundary-making from 1895-1914 and its impact on shaping of material realities” at India China Conversations, 16 April 2015, Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies, India China Institute, The New School, New York, USA.

Delivered a public lecture on ‘Making of the Boundary (and the Dispute) between India and China in the late 19th – early 20th Century’ at the Yale MacMillan Center, Yale University on April 15, 2015, USA

Delivered a seminar talk on “Situating the Taishang in Cross-Strait Ties”, 18 March 2015, at SOAS, University of London; Panelist at ‘Facing China and Facing the World: Taiwan’s economic future’, 19th and 20th March, SOAS, University of London, UK

Presented a paper on “Rebalancing of Economic Trends: Situating U.S. and China within an interdependence framework in the region” at the International Conference on 'The U.S. Rebalance and Asia Pacific Region', 6th & 7th March, 2015,
 Cochin, Kerala; organized by
the Centre for Strategic Studies
in association with
The U.S. Consulate, Chennai.

Speaker and Panelist on India-China relations at ‘Trade, development and global politics: can India and China speak in one voice?’, Panel Discussion organized by the Centre for Economy, Development and Law, Government Law College, Thrissur, Kerala, 30th October 2014

Delivered a lecture and a seminar talk on ‘India-China economic relations’ at Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Chengdu, China on July 8th 2014

Seminar talk on "China-India border trade: challenges and opportunities ", delivered at the School of International Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou,  China, 12 April 2013.  

Seminar talk on ‘Challenges and opportunities in India-China economic relations’ at the Nottingham University Business School China (Ningbo campus), 10 April 2013  

Delivered a lecture at the Economics Department at Xiamen University on India-China economic relations, 23 August 2012. 

“Taishang as key non-state actors: attenuating vulnerability through local economic development in mainland China”, Invited to present at the international workshop on “Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions”, Tuesday, 5th March 2013 in St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, England 

“Pursuing spatial agglomeration economies at the India-China border regions” at the XII International Scientific Meeting on Border Regions in Transition (BRIT), 12-17 November 2012, Fukuoka, Japan & Busan, Korea; Hosted by Hokkaido University, Japan / Kyushu University, Japan / Dongseo University, Korea

Invited by the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, Nanning, Guangxi province in China (16-30 August 2012) to deliver a lecture on Sino-Indian relations; Invited to lecture at the Economics Department at Xiamen University on India-China economic relations (23 August 2012). 

Lectures/Talks at National Chung Cheng University (Chiayi); National Dong Hwa University (Hualien); National Chung Hsing University (Taichung); National Cheng Kung University (Tainan) & Institute of International Relations (IIR), National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei

Paper on "India-China border trade", presented at the Institute of International Relations (IIR), National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan, 11 June 2012

Presentation on “EAS at 6” under the lecture theme “Regional Institutions following EAS 2011”, presented at the IDSA-Asia New Zealand Foundation Dialogue [Track II], New Delhi, December 1, 2011

Presentation on “India-China: Enhancing the Economic Engagement” under the lecture theme “China-India Relations: Economy and Trade”, at the IDSA-China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) [Track II], New Delhi, April 21, 2011 

IDSA Roundtable On India-China Bilateral Trade Relations: A Comparative Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses  on March 09, 2011; Other speakers: Mohan Guruswamy, Chairman, Centre for Policy Alternatives; TK Arun, Editor (Opinion), The Economic Times; Amita Batra, Associate Professor, JNU 

“Assessment of power relations in East Asia”, Institute for National Policy Research (INPR) and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taipei, Taiwan, December 6, 2010

“Cross-Strait economic interdependence and vulnerability”, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, October 8, 2010

Invited by the Center for South Asia-West China Cooperation and Development Studies, Sichuan University, to deliver a talk on ‘Sino-Indian ties’ to the graduate student group on India at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China on 29 December 2009

“China's economic growth: assessing Taiwanese contribution to key sectors and regions in China, 1987-2008”, paper presented under the theme ‘China's International Profile’ at the “60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC”; organized jointly by the University of Delhi and the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi on 7 October 2009

“Democracy and Democratization in Taiwan”, 1st Annual Democracy and Democratization Conference, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, February 27-28, 2009, Storrs, Connecticut, USA

Paper titled, “Trade as vulnerability: the case of China-Taiwan economic relations [1987-2008]”, 8th Annual IGS Conference on the Asia Pacific Region, East-West Center, February 12-14, 2009, Hawaii, USA

Participated in the IGES-URC Regional Workshop in Asia on "Capacity Development for Clean Development Mechanism in Asia" held in Siem Reap, Cambodia (22-26 March 2004)

Issue Briefs / Reports / Policy Briefs

“BRICS: Opportunities and Challenges”, IDSA Issue Brief, May 3, 2011

“India-China Relations: It’s the economy, and no one’s stupid”, IDSA Issue Brief, December 28, 2010

Compiled Overview of glaciers, glacier retreat and subsequent impacts in Nepal, India and China, WWF Nepal Program, International, 70 p., illus. incl. 14 tables, 202 ref., March 2005[]
(Editor) “Capturing the ‘market’ for recreation: Estimating entry charges for the Margalla Hills National Park in Pakistan, SANDEE Policy Brief No 5-04, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, October 2004

(Editor) “Participatory Forest management: Collective Action Under Three  different Institutional Regimes”, SANDEE Policy Brief No 3-04, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, August 2004

(Editor) “Tank degradation and poverty reduction - the importance of common property resources in sustaining the rural poor”, SANDEE Policy Brief No 2-04, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, June 2004

Magazine and Newspaper columns / articles 

“McMahon Shanghaied China”, Lead op-ed in the Times of India, 27 March 2014, available online at
“India and China: taking the right steps”, 22 September 2014, Mint, Available online at

“Good fences make good neighbours”, Business Standard, Volume VII, No 8, May 5, 2013, pg 13 [op-ed piece available online at

“BRICS: No Longer an Alphabet Soup”, Diplomatist, Volume 3, Issue no 4, May-June 2011 

“A new start to Sino-Indian ties”, Business Economics, Volume 16, Issue no.19, January 15, 2011

"Exciting times for Taiwan", IDSA Comment, 13 January 2012, Online, URL:

“India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue: Another Positive Step”, IDSA Comment, 3 October 2011, Online, URL: EconomicDialogueAnotherPositiveStep_JoeThomas_031011

“Overview of Power Relations in East Asia”, Taiwan Perspective E-Letter, Issue No. 181, Institute for National Policy Research, Taiwan, 2011/03/18, URL:

“The ‘trust deficit’ in India-China relations’”, July 2010, East Asia Forum website [part of 30 short-listed articles worldwide in ‘Emerging Scholars on East Asia’ competition, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, Australian National University, URL:

“Semantics of the Tibet issue”, The Pioneer, Special Edition 12 April 2008, New Delhi

“Asian Economic Integration” [Analysis], Observer Research Foundation, July 2008 URL: Detail.html?cmaid=14850&mmacmaid=14851

“A Subcontinental free trade utopia”, Himal Southasian, Volume 17 No 1, January 2004, Nepal 

Educational Qualifications & Academic Training

• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

• ‘Fox Fellow’ [2008-2009], The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, USA

• Certificate in Law and Economics, Asia Link Program on Human Resource Development in Law and Economics in India and Europe [June 2007], Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India

• Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

• MA Politics (with specialization in International Relations), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

• B.A. (Honours) Economics, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University


Honors & Recognition

‘2015 Emerging Scholar’ from India, chosen by the India China Institute, New School, New York, USA for research on the India-China border dispute and the origins of boundary making

• Nominated Award: Recipient of the inaugural “Centenary Visiting Fellowship” at SOAS, University of London, UK

• Delivered the Second Lecture of the “CFCS Young Scholars Lecture Series”, invited by the Center for China Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, 27 April 2012, Taiwan

• Recipient of the 2011 "President's Award" at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses [IDSA] for outstanding publication in an International peer-reviewed journal

• Served as referee/reviewer for the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Journal of Contemporary China (Josef Korbel School of International Studies ), China Report (Institute of Chinese Studies), Article Editor for SAGE, among others. 

• Awarded the INLAKS Foundation Research Travel Grant 2009

• Selected by the Yale Initiative for Asian and International Relations (YIAIR) for the 2008 International Conference, “The 21st Century: Has the Asian Age Arrived?”, November 15-16, 2008, Washington, D.C.

• Selected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India to be part of the 2008 Indian Youth Delegation to China [Beijing, Shanghai, Guiyang and Fuzhou; June-July 2008]

• Selected by the Copenhagen Business School, to participate in the Copenhagen Consensus 08 Youth Forum [25th – 30th May 2008] in Denmark​

• Diploma and Medal of Honor from Fu Hsing Kang College (Taipei), Taiwan

• Awarded the 'Ranojit Khanna Memorial Scholarship' for the year 2000-01 by the Department of Economics, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi

Current Research areas 

a) India-China relations
    * Border trade                                               
    * Bilateral economic ties (trends, challenges, policy options)
    * Border conflict and boundary making
    * History of maritime interaction between India and China

b) Cross-Strait relations 
     * Increasing economic integration across the Strait and its impact on security
     * Taiwan’s economic future

c) China’s foreign and economic policy (Regionalization, Currency internationalization, Global production networks)