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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 engaged 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.

Middle Powers in the Twenty first Century World Order

On February 22,  2017 the Georgetown University India Initiative hosted Ambassador Richard Verma and Professors Victor Cha and Jangho Kim for a panel moderated by Professor Irfan Nooruddin. The panelists discussed the role of middle powers in the international ecosystem and how their roles may evolve in the twenty-first century. 


President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Nehru speak during Nehru's second visit to the US

Fateful Triangle: China, India, and the United States During the Cold War

In her new book, Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations During the Cold War (2020), Tanvi Madan establishes China’s central influence on the U.S.-India diplomatic relationship in between 1949 to 1979. Through an examination of the triangular relationship between the countries in…


Challenges of Global Governance: A Conversation with H.E. Syed Akbaruddin (Video)

March 20, 2018

Duration: 1 hour 22 minutes

Middle Powers in the Twenty first Century World Order (Video)

February 22, 2017

Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes

Ambassador Husain Haqqani: Reimagining Pakistan (Video)

January 27, 2016

Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes