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Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute


Peace & Diplomacy Research Institute

What We Do

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Ms. Diana Benoit

Director of PDRI

+248 438 1230


Researchers at PDRI publish in a wide range of academic journals and book series. PDRI also publishes post-event reports and a bi-annual newsletter.  

Academic Publications

Recent publications (2018-2022) 

Dennis Hardy 

  • Hardy, D. ‘Challenges of Indian Ocean governance: the context of Seychelles’, pp. 170-189, The Blue Economy: Handbook of the Indian Ocean Region, eds. V.N. Attri and N. Bohler-Muller, Africa Institute of South Africa, 2018.
  • Hardy, D. Review of Maritime Governance and South Asia: Trade, Security and Sustainable Development in the Indian Ocean, edited by Jivanta Schöttli, World Scientific Publishing, 2018, in Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Vol 14, Issue 3, 2018.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Seychelles and China: A small island state in a global sea’, invited paper and presentation, CNA Washington Multinational Conference on China and the Indian Ocean, June 2019. 
  • Hardy, D. ‘Repositioning the Bay of Bengal: Implications of regional change’, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Vol. 15, Issue 3, 2019, pp.265-280.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Places of peace: utopia and a world without war’, International Journal on World Peace, Vol. XXXVI, No.4, December 2019.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Ocean organizations: making sense of a myriad’, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.1, No.2, 2019.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Seychelles: Small island state in a troubled sea’, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.2, No.1, 2020.
  • Hardy, D. Review of Travelling Pasts: The politics of cultural heritage in the Indian Ocean world. Seychelles Research Journal, eds. Schnepel, B. and Sen, T., Vol.2, No.1, 2020. 
  • Hardy, D. ‘Will you eat rice tomorrow? Food security and globalization’, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.2, No.2, 2020.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Seychelles faces a foreign investment dilemma’, The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2 December 2020. 
  • Benoit, D. (2020). ‘Addressing alleged human rights violations: The truth, reconciliation and national unity process in Seychelles’. Seychelles Research Journal, 2(2), 145-153.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Food security, small island states and globalization: the example of Seychelles’, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.3, No.1, February 2021.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Mahatma Gandhi and his intentional communities’, International Journal on World Peace, Vol. XXXVIII, No.1, March 2021.
  • Hardy, D. ‘AUKUS: Redrawing the geopolitical map’, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.3, No.2, August 2021.
  • Benoit, D. (2021). Ocean-based sustainable development-challenges and opportunities for Seychelles. Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, 29(3), 211-219.
  • Benoit D. (2021). The Seychelles: A Historical Perspective. Diplomacy & Beyond Plus.
  • Hardy D., & Benoit D. (2021). Seychelles: friend of all, enemy of none. Diplomacy & Beyond Plus.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Will India try again for a military base in Seychelles?’, The Diplomat, July 2022.
  • Hardy, D., with Wang Donxia, Orient and Ocean: The Chinese Community in Seychelles, Blue Gecko Books, 2022.
  • Hardy, D. ‘The intriguing relationship of Seychelles and India’, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, Kolkata.
  • Benoit, D. 2022. How is Seychelles dealing with its past? Expectations and realities. Seychelles Research Journal, 4(1): 50-61
  • Benoit D. 2022. “The Role of Civil Society Actors in Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Seychelles” in Handbook of Civil Society and Social Movements in Small States. Eds. Lino Briguglio, Michael Briguglio, Sheila Bunwaree, Claire Slatter. Routledge: UK.
  • Hardy, D., review for Planning Perspectives:  Julia Winckler, Fabricating Lureland, Oldenbourg: De Gruter, 2022 (in press).
  • Hardy, D. ‘Sovereignty and Seychelles: Borders and boundaries in a small island state’, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.5, No.1, February 2023.
  • Hardy, D., review of Kiyala, J.C.K. and Harris G.T., eds. (2022) Civil Society and Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Anthropocene, Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, Seychelles Research Journal, Vol.5, No.1, February 2023.
  • Hardy, D. ‘Seychelles: ‘The engagement of a small island state with major powers in the Indian Ocean’, chapter in Made for multipolarity:  The Indian Ocean’s strategic future, eds. Medcalf, R. and Brewster, D., Oxford University Press (in press).
Post-Event Reports

Nelson Mandela International Day  

  • 2020 Nelson Mandela International Day Report 
  • 2021 Nelson Mandela International Day Report 
  • 2022 Nelson Mandela International Day Report 

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