Sujata Ashwarya Cheema is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. She studied for an honors degree in Political Science in the University of Delhi. She then earned an MA in International Politics at the School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and later received MPhil and PhD degrees from the same university. She was awarded the Government of Israel Graduate Fellowship (2002-03) and Visiting Research Fellowship (2011-12) to carry out research at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was also awarded the Hermes Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2007) at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) and Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris. She was a Visiting Fellow at the MSH (June 2009) under the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. Her research interests include Israel-Palestinian conflict, politics and foreign policy of Iran, role of great powers in the region, India’s relations with regional countries, democracy and civil society in the region, and encounters of Islam with modernity.