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Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss India-Pakistan relations, Kashmir suicide bombing

In light of tension between India and Pakistan following the February 14 suicide bombing in Kashmir, experts in India-Pakistan relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to comment on the following:

  • Are Pakistan's claims regarding India’s security lapses valid?
  • What will the short- and long-term effects be for both countries as India attempts to isolate Pakistan economically?
  • What is the next course of action for both countries?
  • How will India’s upcoming general election impact Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to Pakistan?

Vali Nasr is Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser, and commentator on international relations. His most recent book, "The Dispensable Nation" deals with the implications of the Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His previous books, "Forces of Fortune" and "The Shia Revival" examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the Arab Spring uprising, and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events. From 2009 to 2011, prior to joining the school, he was the Special Adviser to the President's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. Nasr is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Shamila Chaudhary is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute and Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is also a Senior South Asia Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based New America think tank. Chaudhary specializes in U.S. counterterrorism and national security issues, U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan internal politics, and regional issues in South Asia. She served twelve years in the U.S. government, including at the Obama Administration White House National Security Council and on the staff of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Daniel Markey is Senior Research Professor in International Relations and Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Global Policy. He is the author of “No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad.” From 2007 to 2015, Markey was Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously held the South Asia portfolio on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State.
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 SAIS. He previously served at the White House as Senior Advisor and Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, where he staffed the President and National Security Advisor on the full range of South Asia policy 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.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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