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Irfan Nooruddin is the Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Indian Politics in the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service. His expertise is in economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world. He was the director of the Georgetown University India Initiative from 2015 to 2020.
International activities include:
- Serves as the Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council
- Served as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
- Participates as a team member of Lokniti: Programme on Comparative Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
- Authored numerous articles, as well as the books Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century (2016, with T.E. Flores) and Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (2011).
December 5, 2019
In the Hindu, India Initiative Director Irfan Nooruddin argues that democracy’s constitutional guardians, the people, are losing to populist leaders and technocrats.
September 10, 2019
Led by India Initiative Director Irfan Nooruddin and Mark Giordano of the School of Foreign Service (SFS), the India Innovation Studio is a yearlong SFS Centennial Lab—experiential learning courses that allow students to apply theoretical and…
August 6, 2019
India Initiative Director Irfan Nooruddin talks to Foreign Policy about what happens next in Kashmir.
April 12, 2019
A new survey asked how cash transfers stack up against services. People wanted their government to provide the latter.
April 10, 2019
Senior fellow David Evans discussed recent research by Georgetown professors James Habyarimana and Irfan Nooruddin and World Bank senior economist Stuti Khemani.
April 8, 2019
Georgetown professors James Habyarimana and Irfan Nooruddin and World Bank senior economist Stuti Khemani discussed their recent research on cash transfer preferences in Bihar, India.
November 2, 2017
Foreign policy does not exist in a cultural vacuum. It is shaped by each country’s experience and self-perception. India’s foreign policy is as deeply informed by its civilizational heritage as it is by contemporary ideas about national interest, and…
April 22, 2017
On April 22, 2017, the Georgetown University India Initiative hosted its inaugural India Ideas Conference. The day-long event featured panel discussions, keynote lectures, and breakout sessions for participants to interact with U.S. and Indian…
October 19, 2016
March 30, 2016
March 22, 2016
Georgetown University's India Initiative hosted Salman Khurshid, former cabinet minister of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, to address the question "Does India have what it takes to tackle the obstacles to its growth, and claim its place…
January 27, 2016
December 13, 2015
December 3, 2015
October 29, 2015
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October 27, 2014
This event was centered on Manoj Mitta’s book The Fiction of Fact Finding (2015). It addresses a range of unasked questions that helped then-Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi procure a clean chit in the carnage of Godhra. During the discussion…
October 3, 2014
October 1, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington, D.C. was highly anticipated and carefully scrutinized. A conversation between experts of Indian affairs to better understand the future of U.S.-India relations was held during Modi's trip to the…
Led by GU-Q faculty Rogaia Abusharaf, Amira Sonbol, Phoebe Musandu, and Uday Chandra, the group hosts an annual symposium, convenes a monthly reading group of faculty and students, offers classes, and works on special projects that fill the gaps in…
The conference, run by the Georgetown India Initiative, was themed “India in Transition.”
Launched in 2015 and led by Irfan Nooruddin, India Initiative director and Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Indian Politics, the initiative is a platform…
Poor Prefer Public Health Services to Cash Transfers, Reveals Survey by Georgetown Professors Feature
Khemani, Habyarimana, and Nooruddin asked 3,800 people in rural Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, if they would rather receive cash from the government or public goods like health services and infrastructure. Only 13 percent of participants…
The Asian Studies Program is an academic program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. It offers a master's degree and graduate and undergraduate certificates that focus on the political, economic, and cultural dynamics of Asia.
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service was founded in 1919 as the first school of international affairs in the United States. It offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Washington, D.C., and through Georgetown's campus in…
The Main Campus is the administrative center of Georgetown University and home to six of its schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business, the McCourt School of Public…
For more on this event, visit: https://bit.ly/2MysZs9For more on the Georgetown India Initiative, visit: https://india.georgetown.edu/June 14, 2018 | Shri Devendra Fadnavis, honorable chief minister of Maharashtra, engaged in conversation with…
For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/2g0YahNFor more on the Georgetown India Initiative: https://india.georgetown.edu/March 20, 2018 | In recent decades, India has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, driven by innovation…
Reuben Abraham, Asia Fellow, Milken Institute; CEO and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute
Nisha Biswal, Former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State
Raju Narisetti, CEO, Gizmodo Media Group
For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/2pNM3akFor more on the Georgetown India Initiative, visit: https://india.georgetown.edu/April 22, 2017 | On April 22, 2017, the Georgetown University India Initiative hosted its inaugural India Ideas…
For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/2g0YahNFor more on the Georgetown India Initiative: https://india.georgetown.edu/November 18, 2016 | According to the National Security Council’s senior official for South Asia, the evolving relationship…
Rajdeep Sardesai, a consulting editor with the India Today Group, and Sagarika Ghose, a consulting editor at the Times of India, are career journalists who have provided commentary on India's political climate for over two decades. Together, they…
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Omar Abdullah spoke about Kashmir and its future prospects at Gaston Hall, Georgetown University. The Georgetown-India Dialogue and the Asian Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service hosted The Honorable Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister…