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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 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.

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. 


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Security and Stability in South Asia

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 decades, including three major wars and several…


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

February 22, 2017

Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes

Kashmir: Challenges, Prospects and the Way Forward - Omar Abdullah at Georgetown University (Video)

April 15, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes