US Foreign Policy for South Asia: Past, Present and the Future

Date & Time October 20, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
South Asian Regional Committee

Tufts South Asian Regional Committee is excited to announce our second panel discussion of the month featuring Dr Aparna Pande and Johnny Walsh regarding the impending U.S. presidential election and its impact on South Asian foreign policy. 

The discussion will touch on U.S. foreign policy to South Asia under past administrations, including the current Trump administration, its motivating factors, and how it has evolved over the years — particularly since President Trump took office in 2016. The panel will also discuss the impact of the 2020 U.S. presidential election on U.S. foreign policy to South Asia, comparing and contrasting what a continuing Trump administration vs a new Biden administration will mean for foreign policy and U.S. relations with the region. 

Dr Aparna Pande is the Director of the Hudson Institute's Initiative for the Future of India and South Asia, Washington D.C. Dr Pande received an MA in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University as well as an MA in History from St. Stephens College of Delhi University. She worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 5 years prior to entering the field of academics, where she has since earned a doctorate in Political Science from Boston University. Her research focuses on Pakistani foreign policy, broader South Asian foreign policy, security studies, and the role of religion in politics. Dr Pande has taught International Relations courses at Boston University as well as a number of seminars here at Tufts. 

Johnny Walsh is a senior expert on Afghanistan at the United States Institute of Peace with a specific focus on the peace process in the ongoing Afghan conflict. Mr. Walsh spent 10 years as a diplomat at the U.S. State Department and served as the lead advisor on the Afghan peace process in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. He also served as the From the senior policy advisor for South Asia, the Middle East, and counterterrorism at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 2014-2016, prior to which he worked in a number of roles at the State Department regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan, including an assignment in the Afghan region of Kandahar at the peak of the U.S. troop surge 

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