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
    Modi’s Need to Move ‘Beyond Piecemeal Initiatives’
    Milan Vaishnav September 2, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has improved the quality of governance in his first hundred days in office, he has yet to pursue major economic policy reforms.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Chinese Takeaway
    C. Raja Mohan August 27, 2014 Indian Express

    If Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays his cards well, he can mobilize China and Japan in accelerating India’s development.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Painted into a Corner
    Christophe Jaffrelot August 20, 2014 Indian Express

    If one goes by the media coverage of Imran Khan’s Azadi March from Lahore to Islamabad, one may conclude that Imran has become the leader of the Pakistani opposition. But it remains to be seen if he can overcome the obvious weaknesses of his strategy.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Chinese Takeaway: One Belt, One Road
    C. Raja Mohan August 13, 2014 Indian Express

    New Delhi must make up its mind on Beijing’s invitation to jointly build the new silk roads in inner Asia and the Indo-Pacific littoral.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Misunderstanding Secularism
    Christophe Jaffrelot August 11, 2014 Indian Express

    Indian secularism does not imply the secularisation of society. On the contrary, far from excluding religion from the public sphere, Indian secularism officially recognises all faiths.

     
  • Op-Ed
    After Modi's Big Win: Can India and Pakistan Enhance Relations?
    Frederic Grare August 11, 2014 National Interest

    New Delhi will have to walk a fine line between ignoring Pakistan and keeping the door to better relations open enough to provide a real incentive for Islamabad to adopt meaningful new policies.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Kerry Seeking To ‘Reset U.S. Relationship With India’
    Milan Vaishnav July 28, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi Government’s Challenge in Nepal
    C. Raja Mohan July 28, 2014 Eurasia Review

    India can improve its Nepal engagement by simply helping itself through the development of frontier regions in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, modernising border infrastructure, and upgrading transborder connectivity.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Politics and Plumbing of Reforms
    Milan Vaishnav, Suyash Rai July 28, 2014 Live Mint

    Reform initiatives that were pursued by previous Indian governments often failed due to inadequate attention to state capacity. This government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to translate ideas into institutional change.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Fortaleza vs Washington
    Christophe Jaffrelot July 25, 2014 Indian Express

    The sixth BRICS summit signaled a more purposeful solidarity among emerging economies.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi’s Need to Move ‘Beyond Piecemeal Initiatives’
    Milan Vaishnav September 2, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has improved the quality of governance in his first hundred days in office, he has yet to pursue major economic policy reforms.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Chinese Takeaway
    C. Raja Mohan August 27, 2014 Indian Express

    If Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays his cards well, he can mobilize China and Japan in accelerating India’s development.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Painted into a Corner
    Christophe Jaffrelot August 20, 2014 Indian Express

    If one goes by the media coverage of Imran Khan’s Azadi March from Lahore to Islamabad, one may conclude that Imran has become the leader of the Pakistani opposition. But it remains to be seen if he can overcome the obvious weaknesses of his strategy.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Chinese Takeaway: One Belt, One Road
    C. Raja Mohan August 13, 2014 Indian Express

    New Delhi must make up its mind on Beijing’s invitation to jointly build the new silk roads in inner Asia and the Indo-Pacific littoral.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Misunderstanding Secularism
    Christophe Jaffrelot August 11, 2014 Indian Express

    Indian secularism does not imply the secularisation of society. On the contrary, far from excluding religion from the public sphere, Indian secularism officially recognises all faiths.

     
  • Op-Ed
    After Modi's Big Win: Can India and Pakistan Enhance Relations?
    Frederic Grare August 11, 2014 National Interest

    New Delhi will have to walk a fine line between ignoring Pakistan and keeping the door to better relations open enough to provide a real incentive for Islamabad to adopt meaningful new policies.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Kerry Seeking To ‘Reset U.S. Relationship With India’
    Milan Vaishnav July 28, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi Government’s Challenge in Nepal
    C. Raja Mohan July 28, 2014 Eurasia Review

    India can improve its Nepal engagement by simply helping itself through the development of frontier regions in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, modernising border infrastructure, and upgrading transborder connectivity.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Politics and Plumbing of Reforms
    Milan Vaishnav, Suyash Rai July 28, 2014 Live Mint

    Reform initiatives that were pursued by previous Indian governments often failed due to inadequate attention to state capacity. This government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to translate ideas into institutional change.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Fortaleza vs Washington
    Christophe Jaffrelot July 25, 2014 Indian Express

    The sixth BRICS summit signaled a more purposeful solidarity among emerging economies.

     

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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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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