Abhinav Padmanabhan is a Teaching and Research (TRIP) fellow and Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES) at O. P. Jindal Global University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a Master’s degree in international relations. Abhinav has a keen interest in the political economies of South and West Asia. His research focuses on dynamics impacting security, politics, and socioeconomics in different countries. His prior work has explored impact of Covid-19 on security and the politics of state infrastructure in India.