India faces a unique combination of contemporary security challenges.

Domestically, the state grapples with ethnic clashes, caste-based violence, and a Maoist insurgency. India must also confront international security threats such as the Kashmir dispute, a tense relationship with Pakistan, and military and intelligence competition with China. In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for closer security cooperation between the United States and India during his address to the U.S. Congress. In the face of these internal and external security questions, coordination of the military, intelligence sector, and diplomatic efforts are becoming increasingly important.

The India Initiative engages the most pressing questions of Indian national security and the future of the U.S.-India strategic relationship through research, outreach, and teaching.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with issues of security across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.


Security and Stability in South Asia

November 16, 2017

In an era where Pakistan and India have become dominant regional and global forces, it is vital to grapple with the issue of security and stability in South Asia. India and Pakistan have a history of hostile and acrimonious relations spanning seven…

India, Pakistan, and Kashmir: 70 Years Later

September 11, 2017

Seventy years after the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, the unresolved territorial dispute over the Kashmir region remains a major tension between the two nuclear-armed nations. The neighboring countries both claim Kashmir in full…

Middle Powers in the Twenty-first Century World Order

February 22, 2017

Geopolitics in the twenty-first century are not defined by great power politics. While there is no clear consensus on the exact distinction between great powers and middle powers today, it is increasingly obvious that aspirational powers such as…

Reimagining Pakistan: Husain Haqqani

January 27, 2016

Pakistan is the sixth most populous country, the twenty-fifth largest economy in the world, and member of a select club of nuclear weapons states. Yet it is too often in the news for all the wrong reasons, as forces of extremism wage violence within…

Kashmir Conclave

April 14, 2015

The Kashmir Conclave consisted of a series of important panel discussions on the Kashmir dispute led by experts in the field of South Asian affairs. The conference concluded with Omar Abdullah’s keynote speech. During his address, Abdullah discussed…


Middle Powers in the Twenty first Century World Order Video

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