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Joshua White

Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies

Fellow, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies


Joshua T. 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 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 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. While at the White House, Dr. White played an instrumental role in advancing the U.S.-India relationship, with a focus on deepened defense and security cooperation and expanded opportunities for trade and investment; sustained constructive U.S.-Pakistan ties on an array of counterterrorism, economic and regional issues; supported a sustainable security transition in Afghanistan; coordinated U.S. government plans to re-normalize ties with Sri Lanka after decades of civil war; and led a high-level government-wide effort to assess how the United States can effectively respond to the growing economic, political, and strategic linkages between South and East Asia.

Prior to joining the White House, Dr. White was a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Asia program at The Stimson Center and, previously, Senior Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held in conjunction with an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. While at the Pentagon he supported Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in advancing the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, and advised on a broad set of defense issues related to the department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.

Dr. 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 PhD with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS.



  • Afghanistan
  • East Asia
  • Indian Ocean Region
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia


  • Counterterrorism
  • Islamic Movements
  • Maritime Security
  • Nuclear Deterrence
  • Politics and Governance
  • Religion and Politics
  • Security and Defense Issues

In the News

Global China’s ambitions in the Indian Ocean region.

Joshua White wrote for Brookings Institution, 6/16

China's evolving role in South Asia.

Daniel Markey and Joshua White participated in East-West Center in Washington webinar, 5/26

Trump returns from India visit, but with some rewards yet to come.

Joshua White quoted on Voice of America, 2/25

What Donald Trump gets out of his trip to India.

Joshua White quoted on BBC News, 2/24

At Trump’s India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image.

Joshua White quoted in Associated Press, 2/22

Arms in arms.

Joshua White quoted in The Week, 2/22

Fingers crossed on Donald Trump visit: Public diplomacy vs trade deal.

Joshua White quoted in The Indian Express, 2/19

Pakistan 2020: The year ahead.

Joshua White participated in United States Institute of Peace panel, 1/27

Sri Lanka’s face veil ban stokes fear of Muslims, experts say.

Joshua White quoted in The Washington Post, 4/29

The other nuclear threat.

Joshua White wrote in The Atlantic, 3/5

The India-Pakistan crisis.

Joshua White interviewed on the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, 2/28

India-Pakistan clash intensifies with downed jets, captured pilot.

Joshua White quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 2/27