Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics


Friday, December 7, 2018, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2 Amherst Street, Room E51-275

"India on the U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda"


Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, the Council on Foreign Relations.

Co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies; the Watson Institute of International & Public Affairs, Brown University, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, and the Harvard University South Asia Institute.


Hasit Shah


Ashutosh Varshney, Associate. Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Brown University.

Emmerich Davies, Faculty Associate. Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Brown University.

Prerna Singh, Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute of International & Public Affairs, Brown University.

Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This is the latest in the regular Brown/Harvard/MIT South Asian Politics Seminar Series.


Alyssa Ayres came to the Council on Foreign Relations after serving as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013. Her book about India’s rise on the world stage, Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2018, and was recently selected by the Financial Times for its “Summer 2018: Politics” list.

At CFR her work focuses on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia. In 2015, she served as the project director for the CFR-sponsored independent task force on U.S.-India relations, and from 2014 to 2016, as the project director for an initiative on the new geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan supported by the MacArthur Foundation. During her tenure at the State Department in the Barack Obama administration, Ayres covered all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and provided policy direction for four U.S. embassies and four consulates.