To promote a serious discussion of politics, economics, social and cultural change in modern India, Sajjan and Sangita Jindal have endowed, in perpetuity, the OP Jindal Distinguished Lectures by major scholars and public figures. The lectures will be organized by the Brown-India Initiative.
The Spring 2013 OP Jindal Distinguished Lectures will be presented in a two-part series on Indian security by Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who specializes in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.
Tellis was recently on assignment to the U.S. Department of State as a senior adviser to the undersecretary of state for political affairs, during which time he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India.
Previously, he was commissioned into the Foreign Service and served as senior adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. He also served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.
Prior to his government service, Tellis was senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and professor of policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School. He is the author of India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture (RAND, 2001) and co-author of Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (RAND, 2000). He is the research director of the Strategic Asia Program at the National Bureau of Asian Research and co-editor of the program’s nine most recent annual volumes, including this year’s Strategic Asia 2012–13: China’s Military Challenge. In addition to numerous Carnegie and RAND reports, his academic publications have appeared in many edited volumes and journals, and he is frequently called to testify before Congress.
Tellis is a member of several professional organizations related to defense and international studies including the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the United States Naval Institute, and the Navy League of the United States.
For more information on Ashley Tellis and to read from a collection of his latest analyses, visit his expert profile at the Carnegie Endowment website.