Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Ashley Tellis

Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer (spring 2013)

The Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series was endowed in perpetuity by Sajjan and Sangita Jindal to promote a serious discussion of politics, economics, social and cultural change in modern India. 

Ashley 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 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.

More information and recent analyses by Ashley are available on his expert profile at the Carnegie Endowment website.

The lectures are available in the video archive.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Dragon Rising: The Implication of China's Ascendance for India's Security
Friday, April 26, 2013 | Has Indian Democracy Undermined Indian Security?