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
 

Center According to Modi

The Modi government has opted for a gradualist economic transformation, which can be explained by the need to protect his supporters from the corporate sector.

Chinese Takeaway: Modi and Jokowi

There are good reasons why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should start paying serious attention to the new Indonesian president, Joko Widodo.

Lens on Modi

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.

For the Two Nations, Biggest Potential is in Defense

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.

Modi’s American Business

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.

Pro-Business or Pro-Consumer?

Modi has repeatedly stated that government should not be in the business of business, but when policy issues demand difficult trade-offs, will the Indian government side with business or consumers?

Kick-Starting the U.S.-Indian Strategic Partnership

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

New Afghan Government; Same Old Problems

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.

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
    Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Indo-Pacific
    C. Raja Mohan November 21, 2014 Indian Express

    Modi’s decision to visit Fiji underlines the new commitment in New Delhi to bridging the gap between the potential and reality of Delhi’s reach in the Indo-Pacific.

     
  • Op-Ed
    A Modi Doctrine?
    Christophe Jaffrelot November 20, 2014 Indian Express

    Modi’s foreign policy seems to highlight two priorities: India’s economic interests and its immediate neighborhood.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Nehru at 125: The Great Game Folio
    C. Raja Mohan November 14, 2014 Indian Express

    Arguments in New Delhi about Jawaharlal Nehru probably say more about India’s contemporary politics than the achievements and failures of its first prime minister.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi in Myanmar: Rebuilding the Historic Connections
    C. Raja Mohan November 12, 2014 Indian Express

    Modi has his work cut out for him in bridging the growing gap between the potential and reality of India’s partnership with Myanmar.

     
  • Op-Ed
    PM Narendra Modi in Myanmar: Rebuilding the Historic Connections
    C. Raja Mohan November 12, 2014 Indian Express

    Prime Minister Modi has his task cut out in bridging the growing gap between the potential and reality of India’s partnership with Myanmar.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Summitry and Substance
    C. Raja Mohan November 11, 2014 Indian Express

    Modi should trust his own instincts rather than conform to the prevailing canon in the political class and the bureaucratic establishment on the issues to be discussed at the East Asian Summit and the G-20 meeting.

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

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Securing Kabul
    Christophe Jaffrelot November 10, 2014 Indian Express

    It remains to be seen if the Afghan National Army will be able to resist the Taliban, which has already rejected President Ghani’s invitation for peace talks.

     
  • Op-Ed
    India and the Middle East: Finding a New Balance
    C. Raja Mohan November 9, 2014 Indian Express

    While some might find India’s new approach to the Middle East somewhat disconcerting, the government of Narendra Modi is bringing pragmatism and transparency to India’s Middle East policy.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Imagining Greater India
    C. Raja Mohan November 6, 2014 Indian Express

    Modi has a rare opportunity to tap into positive trends within the South Asian diaspora. An intensive engagement with the South Asian diaspora would be a valuable complement to Modi’s declared strategy of befriending neighbors.

     

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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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