Frederic Grare

Director and Senior Associate
South Asia Program
Grare is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s South Asia Program. His research focuses on security issues and democratization in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Previously, he led the Asia bureau at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs in the French Ministry of Defense.


PhD, Graduate Institute of International Studies
Advanced Degree, Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques


English; French



Frederic Grare is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s South Asia Program. His research focuses on South Asian security issues and the search for a security architecture. He also works on India’s “Look East” policy, Afghanistan and Pakistan’s regional policies, and the tension between stability and democratization, including civil-military relations, in Pakistan.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Grare served as head of the Asia bureau at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs in the French Ministry of Defense. He also served at the French embassy in Pakistan and, from 1999 to 2003, as director of the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in New Delhi.

Grare has written extensively on security issues, Islamist movements, and sectarian conflict in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


  • Mission not accomplished
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 5, 2015
    Mission Not Accomplished

    Confirmation of the death of Taliban’s last unifying figure could set back the peace process in Afghanistan.

  • Indian PM Modi
    Op-Ed Week May 23, 2015
    External Drive

    Modi’s diplomatic activism in India’s neighboring countries has generated praise, but a closer examination of his foreign policy reveals a large degree of continuity with his predecessors’ international relations.

  • Indian and Pakistani Troops
    Op-Ed Hindustan Times May 22, 2015
    PM to Pak: Ready for Talks but Violence Will Be Met With Force

    A year into Modi’s prime ministership, relations between India and Pakistan are in many ways unchanged, but the role Pakistan plays in India’s broader foreign policy has been evolving and is increasingly complex.

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
    Op-Ed Diplomat February 27, 2015
    Is Bangladesh’s Crisis About to Get Much Worse?

    There seems to be no obvious exit scenario from the current turmoil in Bangladesh.

  • Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif
    Washington Quarterly January 21, 2015
    India-Pakistan Relations: Does Modi Matter?

    The evolution of the India-Pakistan bilateral relationship is unlikely to depend primarily on New Delhi.

  • Article January 16, 2015
    What Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Means for Foreign Policy

    Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory offers the United States and Europe a window of opportunity to help Sri Lanka resolve its long-standing domestic concerns.

  • Pakistani soldiers
    Op-Ed Tony Blair Faith Foundation January 8, 2015
    State Ambivalence Towards Jihadi Groups in Pakistan

    December’s attack on a Peshawar school by the Pakistani Taliban has sparked a public backlash. But the fight will be undermined by the state’s ambivalence toward jihadi movements.

  • India and Australia handshake
    Op-Ed Diplomatist December 22, 2014
    India’s Quest to Reengage Australia

    The Indian Prime Minister spent considerable time and energy trying to convince the Australian private sector to invest in India, as he has done in every country he has visited so far.

  • Book chapter from Reconstructing Afghanistan December 19, 2014
    Civil-Military Cooperation in Afghanistan: The French Experience

    The existence of a French civil-military cooperation in Afghanistan and the forms it took were the direct and indirect consequences of political decisions that placed French forces under U.S. command and consequently increased the pressure on the former to operate like their U.S. counterparts.

  • Pakistani troops
    Op-Ed World Politics Review November 11, 2014
    New Leadership Unlikely to Shift Priorities for Pakistan’s ISI

    The new head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, is unlikely to make big changes in the organization’s strategic orientation or operations.


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