Dr. Arpita Basu Roy holds a Ph.D. degree awarded by the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata on the theme: “Consequences and Challenges of the Afghan Conflict: Situating Workable Response”. She was awarded an M.Phil. by the same Department on the theme Issues Relating To Afghan Refugees in Iran. She has been working on Central and South Asia, with Afghanistan being the area of her specific interest since 1998. She is the recipient of the 10th Wrangler Pavate Fellowship for International Studies (2010) awarded by the Pavate Foundation to the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge where she worked on a project entitled Alternative Paradigms of Security in International Relations Theory and Its Relevance To South Asia. She is also a Senior Member at the Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. She has been a Fellow (Sr.) at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata and the Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD). She has contributed articles on population movement, gender issues, problems of transitional politics and regional cooperation to several research journals, edited books and encyclopaedia. She has been an invited speaker at various national and international seminars both in and outside the country including United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Russia, Vietnam, Iran, the Central Asian Republics, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and has also been to Afghanistan several times for research purposes.