South Asia

    • Op-Ed

    Diplomacy for New India

    Urgent administrative reforms to generate greater efficiency and synergy hold the key to the construction of a New India that can fully tap into the nation’s internal and external potential.

    • Op-Ed

    A Looming Nuclear Expansion

    As the North Korean atomic crisis gathers momentum, the Trump administration is suggesting that the option of letting the East Asian allies acquire nuclear options is on the table.

    • Op-Ed

    Modi’s Victory and the BJP’s Future

    In an outcome that shocked analysts, an alliance led by India’s BJP Prime Minister Narendra Modi won 325 out of the 403 seats on offer in the state assembly election in Uttar Pradesh.

    • Op-Ed

    Jats in Wonderlessland

    The crisis of the dominant castes is more moral than social.

    • Op-Ed

    Choppy Waters, Unsure Navigator

    As the largest economy and biggest military power, it is largely up to India to shape the future of Indian Ocean regionalism.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Fruits of Patience

    Delhi’s current realism on China is a welcome departure from the past, when India used hide problems in the grandiose rhetoric on global solidarity. Under the new approach, there is no fudging of differences.

    • Op-Ed

    Let the Drone Industry Take Off

    Overcoming the present regulatory inertia around drones in India is important both from the perspective of the civilian drone industry—one capable of leading to multiple technological innovations, high-volume manufacture, and beneficial uses—and the overall economy.

    • Op-Ed

    How Criminals Were Inducted Into Indian Politics During Emergency

    Candidates charged with engaging in illegal activity first sought elected office because they feared the reach of the state, and politics offered a promising mechanism for evading prosecution.

    • Op-Ed

    “If Money Is Not Distributed, You Are Finished”

    In India, candidates distribute money to buy into the system, not to quid pro quo purchase votes.

    • Op-Ed

    State and Parivar

    The Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh, a paramilitary volunteer organization in India, no longer relies solely on grassroots growth. Its groundwork is now supplemented by statism.

Carnegie Experts on
South Asia

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    Sarah Chayes
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Sarah Chayes is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation.
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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
    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
    Director
    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
    Vice President for Studies
    Perkovich works primarily on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues, and on South Asian security.
  • 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
    Senior Fellow
    South Asia Program
    Tellis is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.
  • expert thumbnail - Vaishnav
    Milan Vaishnav
    Senior Fellow
    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.
  • 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

Carnegie India 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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