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.
 
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Balancing Without Containment: An American Strategy for Managing China

China is poised to become a major strategic rival to the United States.

Reforming India’s Financial System

India’s financial system has long been inadequate. The new Indian Financial Code promises to change business as usual.

Does China Threaten the United States in Space?

China’s growing ability to counter U.S. technologies and capabilities in space poses a real danger to America’s military superiority in the Asia-Pacific region.

Crime but No Punishment in Indian Elections

In India, politicians with criminal records are supplying what voters and parties demand: candidates who are effective and well-funded.

Congress Has Underestimated the Resentment of the People

Manmohan Singh may, in the end, best be remembered for an economic reform that has resulted in more inequalities between the rich and the poor and between urban and village India.

 
  • Op-Ed
    Getting India Back On Track
    Ashley J. Tellis April 15, 2014 Live Mint

    Progress in India requires a deep commitment to restoring the centrality of markets in economic decisionmaking.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Getting U.S.-India Ties Back on Track
    Ashley J. Tellis April 15, 2014 India Today

    Both India and the United States are to blame for their partnership’s slowdown, and they share the responsibility to rebuild it.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi's World
    C. Raja Mohan April 11, 2014 Eurasia Review

    Foreign policy is rarely central to elections anywhere in the world. It is no surprise, then, that the foreign policy sections in the manifestos put out by some Indian parties seem an afterthought.

     
  • Other Publications
    Situation Report: Pakistan
    Frederic Grare April 9, 2014 Tony Blair Faith Foundation

    Religious conflict has been part of Pakistan since its inception. While the state can be said to be a victim of its own policies, it does not face any existential threat.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Odds of Congress Party Maintaining Power are Slim
    Milan Vaishnav April 7, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    India’s ruling Congress Party is expected to take a beating at the polls, as the world’s biggest election gets underway. The opposition BJP is set to do well, despite its polarizing candidate.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Rural/Urban Divide Dies Out
    Milan Vaishnav, Neelanjan Sircar April 3, 2014 Financial Times

    Even if the rural/urban divide did once provide an accurate description of the country, there is good reason to doubt it as India heads to the polls in 2014.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Hold On To Interest Rates
    Ila Patnaik April 1, 2014 Financial Express

    The impact of tighter fiscal and monetary policy on inflation in India is now visible in recent price data. Inflation, measured both by the wholesale price index and by the consumer price index, has come down.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Colombo Correction
    C. Raja Mohan April 1, 2014 Indian Express

    India’s decision to abstain on a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week was unexpected.

     
  • Article
    Does the Afghan Presidential Election Matter?
    Sarah Chayes April 1, 2014 video

    The upcoming election in Afghanistan marks neither the end of a long post-Taliban transition nor a crucial turning point for the troubled country.

     
  • Article
    Can Arvind Kejriwal Rescue Indian Democracy?
    Christophe Jaffrelot March 28, 2014

    If anticorruption fighter Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party could force Indian officials to mend their ways, the country would be making real progress toward what it claims to be.

     

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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 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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  • Ila Patnaik
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    South Asia Program

    Patnaik, an expert on India’s economy, is a nonresident senior associate in Carnegie’s South Asia Program.

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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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  • 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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