South Asia

    • Op-Ed

    The Uniform Code

    By excluding the Muslims from the defense of the nation, the state has undermined the project of a multicultural India enshrined in the Constitution and prepared the ground for the saffronisation of the public sphere.

    • Event

    The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age

    India is the world’s largest democracy, with more than one billion people and an economy expanding faster than China’s.

    • Op-Ed

    Emergency, From the Outside

    • Rudra Chaudhuri
    • July 05, 2018
    • Indian Express

    There are many lessons to be drawn from the darker days of India’s political history. The one that ought to be demystified is the view that the suspension or promotion of democracy necessarily stuns or shocks international leaders to the extent that those in India might expect them to.

    • Op-Ed

    Little Sparta of the Gulf

    While New Delhi has begun to build on the synergies with the United Arab Emirates on counter-terrorism and long-term strategic economic cooperation, it has barely scratched the surface of what is possible in the domain of defense.

    • Elections Without Money Impractical: Authors of Costs of Democracy

      Money does not guarantee electoral victory in India; what it does is guarantee you a seat at the table.

      • Op-Ed

      Coalition Country

      The 2019 elections will be an important moment to see whether India can remain a civilisational state cultivating coalition politics as a way to perpetuate “unity in diversity” or it will continue its recent march towards a unitary, ethno-religious state.

      • Op-Ed

      The ‘Free and Open’ Indo-Pacific: A Call for European Partnership

      • Matthew Lillehaugen
      • June 22, 2018
      • Asia Dialogue

      The U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific is still evolving. By engaging now, European countries would have the opportunity to shape it.

      • Op-Ed

      Raja Mandala: Falling Behind on Digital Silk Road

      India’s continuing political challenges with China’s Belt and Road Initiative have been matched by New Delhi’s enduring difficulties in advancing its own connectivity initiatives.

      • The Strategic and Moral Imperatives of Local Engagement: Reflections on India

        • Tariq Thachil, Milan Vaishnav
        • June 15, 2018
        • PS: Political Science and Politics

        Engaging with the communities they study offers scholars meaningful critiques for their work and allows those communities to shape and benefit from the research agenda.

        • Op-Ed

        Raja Mandala: When Guns Fall Silent

        While the hopes for a durable peace might be premature, the conflicts in Kashmir and Afghanistan might be entering a new phase in their long and depressing history.

      Carnegie Experts on
      South Asia

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        Cara Abercrombie
        Visiting Scholar
        South Asia Program
        Cara Abercrombie is a visiting scholar with Carnegie’s South Asia Program. She focuses on U.S. security interests in Asia, particularly opportunities for greater U.S.-India defense cooperation.
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        Frederic Grare
        Nonresident Senior Fellow
        South Asia Program
        Grare is a nonresident senior fellow in 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.
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        Christophe Jaffrelot
        Nonresident Scholar
        South Asia Program
        Jaffrelot’s core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.
      • expert thumbnail - Mohan
        C. Raja Mohan
        Nonresident Senior Fellow
        Carnegie India
        A leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Mohan is also an expert on South Asian security, great-power relations in Asia, and arms control.
      • expert thumbnail - Perkovich
        George Perkovich
        Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Chair
        Vice President for Studies
        Perkovich works primarily on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues; cyberconflict; and new approaches to international public-private management of strategic technologies.
      • expert thumbnail - Shah
        Aqil Shah
        Nonresident Scholar
        South Asia Program
        Aqil Shah is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
      • expert thumbnail - Tellis
        Ashley J. Tellis
        Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs
        Tellis holds the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing in international security and U.S. foreign and defense policy with a special focus on Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
      • expert thumbnail - Vaishnav
        Milan Vaishnav
        Director and Senior Fellow
        South Asia Program
        Vaishnav’s primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior.
      • expert thumbnail - West
        Tom West
        Nonresident Scholar
        South Asia Program
        Tom West is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an associate vice president at the Cohen Group.
      • expert thumbnail - Yang
        Xiaoping Yang
        Visiting Scholar
        South Asia Program
        Yang Xiaoping is a visiting scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

      About the Program

      The Carnegie South Asia Program informs policy debates relating to the region’s security, economy, and political development. From the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan’s internal dynamics to U.S. engagement with India, the Program’s renowned team of experts offer in-depth analysis derived from their unique access to the people and places defining South Asia’s most critical challenges.

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