Vikram Nehru

Senior Associate
Asia Program
Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies
Nehru is a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program. An expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia, his research focuses on the economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.
 

Education

MA, MPhil, Oxford University

 

Vikram Nehru is a senior associate in the Asia Program and Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia, his research focuses on the economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.

From 1981 to 2011, Nehru served in the World Bank, including in a number of senior management positions. Most recently, he was chief economist and director for poverty reduction, economic management, and private and financial sector development for East Asia and the Pacific. In this capacity, he advised the governments of developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific on economic and governance issues, including macroeconomic management, public sector and public financial management, financial and private sector development, and poverty reduction.

Previously, he directed the World Bank’s Economic Policy and Debt Department, where he was responsible for managing global programs for debt relief and for developing new tools and techniques for growth analytics, fiscal-policy analysis, subnational and regional development, and small-states development. In addition, he chaired the bank’s Economic Policy Sector Board, which provided strategic leadership for all of its country and macroeconomists.

In leading the World Bank’s Debt Department, Nehru managed the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, Debt Sustainability Framework, Debt Reduction Facility, Debt Management Facility, Debt Management Performance Assessment Program, and Medium Term Debt Strategies for Developing Countries.

His portfolio at the World Bank also included serving as lead economist on Indonesia and China as well as senior economist for Ghana. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held an administrative position with the government of India.

Nehru has written numerous journal articles and contributed to several books. His papers include: “East Asia and the Pacific Confronts the ‘New Normal’”; “The Concept of Odious Debt: Some Considerations”; “When is External Debt Sustainable?”; “Indonesia in Crisis”; and “China 2020: Development Challenges in the New Century.”

  • Rohingya protest
    July 22, 2015 Washington, DC
    Myanmar’s Ethnic, Communal, and Human Rights Challenges and the 2015 Elections

    Myanmar’s upcoming 2015 elections will be an important milestone in the country’s struggle to define itself as it goes through profound economic and political change. Yet its transition to democracy is challenged by deep internal ethnic and communal fault lines and a legacy of human rights abuses.

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  • June 3, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    Why Myanmar’s Elections Matter

    Myanmar’s general elections, scheduled for early November this year, could mark a watershed in the country’s transition from military dictatorship to parliamentary democracy.

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  • May 12, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    China Faces the Kiss of Debt

    Confronted by the 2008 global financial crisis, China unleashed an unprecedented economic stimulus package that included rapid growth in credit to enterprises and local governments. In other countries, large increases in debt have usually been followed by sharp growth slowdowns, and many ended in crisis.

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  • May 1, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    Myanmar Votes 2015: A Conversation With Thura Shwe Mann

    Myanmar voters will go to the polls this fall in what could be the most important elections in the country’s history.

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  • March 26, 2015 Washington, DC
    Indonesia: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

    President Joko Widodo’s first four months in office have been anything but uneventful. He has had to confront a series of political challenges from the opposition coalition, the police, his own party, and even his mentor, former president Megawati Sukarnoputri.

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  • January 20, 2015 Washington, DC
    Supporting Myanmar’s Economic Development

    The economic and social development challenges facing Myanmar are enormous and require sustained support from its international development partners.

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  • December 17, 2014 Beijing 中文
    Investment and Economic Development in Southeast Asia

    By proposing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and pledging support for development in Southeast Asia, China will feature heavily in the region’s ongoing growth.

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  • November 19, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Democracy Is More Difficult Than Physics

    Emerging democracies are periodically vulnerable to legitimacy crises by the expansion of popular participation.

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  • November 18, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    U.S.-Myanmar Relations: The Significance of Obama’s Visit

    As President Obama travels to Myanmar for the East Asia Summit and U.S.-ASEAN Summit on November 12, pressure on the Myanmar government is mounting to revise its pro-military constitution and enact real reform.

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  • October 15, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    The End of Convergence?

    Convergence, the narrowing of the income gap between poor and rich countries, is one of the great stories of our time. A recent report shows that convergence has slowed in recent years, and that productivity in developing countries is not rising rapidly enough in key sectors.

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