About Me


I’m a foreign affairs and security professional fascinated by South Asia’s interactions with the Middle East. I blame it completely on being an Indian kid who grew up in the UAE.

This fascination grew into an obsession from 2011 when I began exploring India’s interactions with the one country that straddles these two regions – Iran. There’s been no looking back.

You can reach me at sumitha [dot] narayanankutty [at] gmail [dot] com

At Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Iran


Professional Bio.

Sumitha Kutty

Sumitha Narayanan Kutty is an Associate Research Fellow with the South Asia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.

She is a frequent commentator in the media including BloombergTV, Channel News Asia, Mint, Business Standard, The Diplomat, Lawfare (Brookings), LobeLog, Al-Monitor and has contributed to journals such as The Washington Quarterly and Asia Policy.

Sumitha has previously worked as a research scholar at The Takshashila Institution, India and as a communications consultant at the World Resources Institute, USA. She was a broadcast journalist at Times Now (India) from 2007-2010 where she assisted in the coverage of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, parliamentary/state elections, and political and security developments across South Asia.

Education: BA (Journalism), Mangalore University; PG Diploma (Journalism), Asian College of Journalism; MA (Security Studies), Georgetown University.

Languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Persian, Arabic, Tamil.