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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
America’s New Best Friend? Understanding India’s Rise, Beyond the Hype
Joshua T. White

The United States’ relationship with India has been radically re-imagined over the last twenty years. Yet it remains fraught with mutual disappointments, and a lingering anxiety in Washington that New Delhi may never move beyond its cautious “nonalignment.” Joshua White, associate professor at Johns Hopkins and former senior advisor for South Asia in the Obama White House and at the Pentagon, will discuss the future of the U.S.-India partnership in the age of Trump—and beyond.

Joshua White is associate professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies and fellow at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also a nonresident fellow in the foreign policy program at The Brookings Institution. He previously served at the White House as senior advisor & director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, where he focused on issues pertaining to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent, and led efforts to integrate U.S. government policy planning across South and East Asia. 

Involved in many policy intensive positions in and out of the government including the Pentagon, White has spent extensive time in Asia, and has written on a wide range of issues including defense policy, electoral politics, Islamic movements, and nuclear deterrence. He has held short-term visiting research fellowships at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan’s National Defence University, and the Institute for Defence and Strategic Analyses in Delhi; testified before Congress; and served on U.S.-sponsored election observer delegations to both Pakistan and Bangladesh.

He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in history and mathematics and received his Ph.D. with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Professor White’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Institute for Strategic and International Studies.

Food for Thought: Podcast with Joshua White

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