Ashley J. Tellis

Senior Associate
South Asia Program
Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.
 

Education

PhD, MA, University of Chicago
MA, BA, University of Bombay 

Contact Information

 

Ashley J. Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues. While on assignment to the U.S. Department of State as senior adviser to the under secretary of state for political affairs, he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India.

Previously, he was commissioned into the Foreign Service and served as senior adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. He also served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.

Prior to his government service, Tellis was senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and professor of policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School.

He is the author of India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture (RAND, 2001) and co-author of Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (RAND, 2000). He is the research director of the Strategic Asia Program at the National Bureau of Asian Research and co-editor of the program’s ten most recent annual volumes, including this year’s Strategic Asia 2013–14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age. In addition to numerous Carnegie and RAND reports, his academic publications have appeared in many edited volumes and journals, and he is frequently called to testify before Congress.

Tellis is a member of several professional organizations related to defense and international studies including the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the United States Naval Institute, and the Navy League of the United States.

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace June 9, 2014
    Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform

    A playbook for how Indian policymakers can return the country to a path of high and sustained economic growth.

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  • National Bureau of Asian Research October 2, 2013
    Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age

    It is important to understand the role of nuclear weapons in the grand strategies of key Asian states and the impact of these capabilities—both established and latent—on regional and international stability.

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  • National Bureau of Asian Research October 26, 2012
    Strategic Asia 2012-13: China's Military Challenge

    This book examines what China's military rise means for the region and the world, looking at China’s strategic aims and the challenges and opportunities facing the United States.

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  • The National Bureau of Asian Research September 14, 2011
    Strategic Asia 2011-2012: Asia Responds to Its Rising Powers - China and India

    Asian states are adopting new strategies to preserve their national interests, prompted by the rising power of India and China. These strategies have implications for U.S. interests and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

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  • The National Bureau of Asian Research September 29, 2010 中文
    Strategic Asia 2010-11: Asia's Rising Power and America's Continued Purpose

    This volume provides an integrated perspective on the major issues that influence stability in Strategic Asia. Leading experts examine Asia’s performance in nine key functional areas to provide a continent-wide net assessment of the core trends and issues affecting the region.

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  • Strategic Asia 2009-10 Book Cover
    The National Bureau of Asian Research September 18, 2009
    Strategic Asia 2009-10: Economic Meltdown and Geopolitical Stability

    This volume analyzes the impact of the current global economic crisis on key Asian states and explores the strategic implications for the United States.

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  • The Rise of China
    Encounter Books May 29, 2009
    The Rise of China: Essays on the Future Competition

    Chinese leaders view the international community as fundamentally defined by antagonism; an outlook that is unlikely to change until and unless the regime changes.

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  • The National Bureau of Asian Research September 24, 2008
    Strategic Asia 2008-09: Challenges and Choices

    This volume looks at the major strategic choices facing the U.S. policy community and, through a combination of country, regional, and topical studies, analyzes the impact of U.S. policy and geopolitical developments on Asia’s transformation over the past eight years.

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  • Strategic Asia 2007-08 Book Cover
    The National Bureau of Asian Research October 22, 2007
    Strategic Asia 2007-08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy

    Edited by Ashley Tellis, with contributions by leading Asia specialists including Frederic Grare of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, this book, the seventh in NBR's strategic Asia series, examines the varied political transitions and internal changes occurring in pivotal Asian states and evaluates the impact on Asian foriegn policymaking and strategy.

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  • Rising India: Friends and Foes June 1, 2007
    India in Asian Geopolitics

    Asia will produce close to, if not, half of the world’s economic product by 2025. This is the real emergent change in international politics, but despite this fact the United States will remain the dominant power in the international system for the foreseeable future.

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  • NPR's Talk of the Nation November 29, 2012
    Learning from the Cold War, Avoiding the Next One

    The global order has changed since the end of the Cold War, and with more nuclear-armed states than ever, it is time to adapt old tenets of nuclear deterrence for the 21st century.

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  • Background Briefing with Ian Masters October 4, 2011
    India and Afghanistan's Strategic Agreement

    India and Afghanistan's new strategic security agreement may be aimed at persuading Pakistan to stop supporting forces fighting the Afghan government, but it not likely to be a precursor to Indian troops on Afghan soil.

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  • Ashley J. Tellis
    C-SPAN November 24, 2009
    U.S. and India: Singh's Visit

    Prime Minister Singh's visit to Washington this week heralds a commitment to strengthening the relationship between India and the United States.

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  • Ashley J. Tellis
    KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio November 16, 2009
    The Asia Questions

    The global economic crisis, the growing instability in Pakistan, and the Afghanistan War present several challenges to U.S. foreign policy in Asia.

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  • C-SPAN's Washington Journal December 13, 2008
    Investigations into Mumbai

    The civilian government in Pakistan faces hard choices in its response to the Mumbai attacks. Action against the groups responsible for the violence will overturn traditional strategy that considers these groups national security ‘assets’ against India. There is also the danger of opening up another battle front for an army already conducting counter-terrorism operations on its western border.

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  • December 4, 2008
    Origins of Mumbai Attacks

    The objective of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group which carried out the Mumbai attacks, is global jihad. They are second only to al-Qaeda as a terrorist group of global reach.

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  • CNN Fareed Zakaria's GPS November 30, 2008
    Mumbai Attacks

    The Mumbai attacks bear the hallmarks of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group which operated in Kashmir in the 1990s, but has global reach today. It was founded and supported by the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency. If Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for the attacks, Pakistan will face new scrutiny from the U.S. as an ally in the war on terror.

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  • Ashley J. Tellis
    PBS Newshour November 27, 2008
    Mumbai Terrorists: Targets and Motivations

    The Mumbai terrorists attacked previously untargeted groups in India, including wealthy Indians and foreigners, in a likely attempt to discredit India as a safe place to conduct business and articulate a wide range of grievances with the government.

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  • Ashley J. Tellis
    NPR All Things Considered November 26, 2008
    Behind the Mumbai Attacks

    The Mumbai terrorists appear to have targeted wealthy Indians and foreigners in a series of coordinated attacks that have left over 100 dead and hundreds injured.

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  • Ashley Tellis
    NPR's Morning Edition July 9, 2008
    U.S., India Advance Nuclear Trade Deal

    Behind the scenes at the G-8 summit, U.S. and Indian officials appear to be moving forward on an agreement that would lift the U.S. ban on nuclear trade with India and allow it to assist India’s civilian nuclear program. Ashley Tellis discusses the details of the deal on NPR’s Morning Edition and notes that it is unlikely to make India a closer U.S. ally.

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  • April 2, 2014 Washington, DC
    India’s Improbable Democracy: Resilience and Inadequacies

    Since 1947, India has forged and consolidated the world’s largest democracy—an endeavor that is far from complete. India continues to wrestle with such diverse challenges as ethnic conflict, governance deficits, and stunning economic disparities among regions and peoples.

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  • March 25, 2014 Washington, DC
    India Decides 2014: Assessing the Elections and Beyond

    The forthcoming Indian general election, scheduled to begin in mid-April, will be arguably the country’s most critical vote since 1977.

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  • January 22, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Managing China’s Rise

    The United States must confront the uncomfortable reality that China’s economic and military might may eventually rival or even surpass its own.

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  • Kashmir
    October 28, 2013 Washington, DC
    Political Turmoil, Human Costs: Reflections on the Kashmir Conflict

    With incidents along their disputed border still relatively common, India and Pakistan’s decades-old quarrel over Kashmir shows little hope of subsiding.

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  • September 25, 2013 Washington, D.C.
    Media Call: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s White House Visit

    Ashley Tellis and Milan Vaishnav discussed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the White House.

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  • June 12, 2013 Washington, DC
    Does Nuclear Power Have a Future in India?

    The Indian nuclear energy industry is evolving as the country looks for new sustainable ways to power its burgeoning middle class.

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  • May 3, 2013 Washington, DC
    Rising to the Challenge? India as an International Actor

    In the past two decades, India has witnessed momentous simultaneous transitions in the economic, societal, and political domains. The intensity and pace of the changes occurring in India is fueling expectations and is already resulting in disappointments, both in India and globally, in terms of the role India will play in the world.

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  • April 22, 2013 Washington, DC
    Cyberspace in India: Growing and Maturing

    The growth of social media, e-commerce, and e-governance is making policy relating to cyberspace a critical issue in India and elsewhere.

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  • March 27, 2013 Washington, DC
    Indian Defense Policy Faces the Future

    India’s defense policies are in transition—and remain mired in controversy—as India continues its steady march toward great-power status.

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  • February 4, 2013 Washington, D.C. 中文
    The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World

    With the creation of a world-wide middle class, there is an unprecedented convergence of interests and perceptions, cultures and values: a truly global civilization. But while the world changes, ways of managing it must evolve.

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