South Asia

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.
 
In the spotlight
 

Kerry Seeking To ‘Reset U.S. Relationship With India’

The primary purpose of Kerry’s trip to India is symbolic, but that does not make it unimportant. The Obama administration is looking to reset its relationship with India as a whole as well as with Modi the individual.

Pakistani Politics and the Afghan Peace Process

Over the past few years Pakistan has been trying to signal that its foreign policy has changed, yet Pakistan’s strategic objectives in Afghanistan remain largely the same.

2016, the Kabul Story

The potential fallout of the relatively rapid departure of American forces by 2015 does not bode well for Afghanistan’s future, and could exacerbate India-Pakistan rivalries in Afghanistan.

A New Era in Indian Politics?

If trends witnessed in India’s 2014 election persist, the country may have closed the book on twenty-five years of electoral politics and moved into a new era.

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.

 
  • Op-Ed
    Lens on Modi
    Frederic Grare September 29, 2014 Indian Express

    The future of U.S.-India relations will ultimately depend on India’s capacity to reform itself, and therefore on the prime minister’s ability to deliver on his campaign promises to fix the structural weaknesses of his country’s economy.

     
  • Op-Ed
    For the Two Nations, Biggest Potential is in Defense
    Milan Vaishnav September 27, 2014 Economic Times

    Washington is in a mood to strike up new deals with India and is eager to seize the window of opportunity with a new government.

     
  • Op-Ed
    What Modi Must Do in the U.S. to Reset the Relationship
    Ashley J. Tellis September 26, 2014 Business Standard

    When Prime Minister Modi visits the United States, it is important that both sides have an honest conversation about the kind of relationship they seek.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi Seeking to Revive US Investment in India
    Milan Vaishnav September 26, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    Indian Premier Narendra Modi has embarked on a five-day visit to the United States aimed at improving ties and showing an American audience that India is once again “open for business.”

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi’s American Business
    C. Raja Mohan September 25, 2014 Indian Express

    What Prime Minister Narendra Modi does with the American business community during his visit to the United States may be more consequential over the longer term than his engagement with the political leadership in Washington.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Chinese Takeaway
    C. Raja Mohan September 24, 2014 Indian Express

    India must improve relations with both Washington and Beijing and not limit ties with one because of the other.

     
  • Event
    India First: Modi’s Approach to Foreign Policy
    Frederic Grare, Samir Saran September 24, 2014 Washington, DC

    While Prime Minister Modi has been able to instil a certain energy and purpose in Delhi, some key domestic imperatives and his own personal preferences are beginning to define India’s global play.

     
  • Article
    Kick-Starting the U.S.-Indian Strategic Partnership
    Ashley J. Tellis September 22, 2014

    Three steps India’s new prime minister, Narenda Modi, can take to help renew bilateral ties with the United States.

     
  • Op-Ed
    New Afghan Government; Same Old Problems
    Sarah Chayes September 22, 2014 Los Angeles Times

    The new Afghan government is unlikely to usher in much of a transition. Ghani and Abdullah or his appointee will preside over a contested and corrupt government, while Karzai will remain in the background.

     
  • Op-Ed
    What Kind of Reformer Will Narendra Modi Be?
    Milan Vaishnav, Suyash Rai September 22, 2014 Live Mint

    The Modi government must consider pivotal reforms, rather than luxuriate in the current economic recovery.

     

Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform

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Carnegie Experts on South Asia

  • Sarah Chayes
    Senior Associate
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    South Asia Program

    Chayes, formerly special adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is an expert in South Asia policy, kleptocracy and anticorruption, and civil-military relations.

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  • Gilles Dorronsoro
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Dorronsoro’s research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan. He was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • C. Raja Mohan
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    South Asia Program

    Mohan is a nonresident senior associate in Carnegie’s South Asia Program, where his research focuses on international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.

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  • George Perkovich
    Vice President for Studies

    Perkovich’s research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, with a concentration on South Asia, Iran, and the problem of justice in the international political economy.

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  • Tamanna Salikuddin
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Salikuddin was director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. National Security Council from 2011 to 2013.

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  • Stephen Tankel
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Tankel is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, where his research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, and the evolution of nonstate armed groups.

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  • 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.

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  • Milan Vaishnav
    Associate
    South Asia Program

    Vaishnav’s primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption, ethnic politics, governance and state capacity, election finance, and distributive politics.

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  • Bernd von Muenchow-Pohl
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Von Muenchow-Pohl is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s South Asia Program, where his work focuses on Indian domestic, foreign, and economic policy.

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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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