From left to right: AFPC Director of Asian Security Programs, Jeff M. Smith; President of the BJP, Rajnath Singh; Chairman of External Affairs Committee in India’s parliament, Ananth Kumar; and AFPC President, Herman Pirchner, Jr. attend an AFPC-sponsored dinner in the Mansfield room of the U.S. Capitol.

 

South Asia Program

The American Foreign Policy Council's South Asia program helps to inform those who make or influence policy on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries within the South Asian region.  The program focuses on the geopolitical, economic, and security dynamics impacting the region with the objective of promoting regional security and prosperity, and securing U.S. interests in South Asia.  These include enhancing the U.S.-Indian strategic partnership, reforming and stabilizing Pakistan, and neutralizing the threat from Islamist extremism. AFPC's South Asia program produces policy papers and Opinion-Editorials, sponsors policy-oriented lunches and conferences, and hosts high-ranking delegations to India.

Delegations to and from India Leaders of previous AFPC-organized delegations to India include former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers; former Under Secretary of State Dr. William Schneider; and former Under Secretary of Defense Dr. Dov Zakheim. Indian officials hosted by AFPC in Washington have included Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval; Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, also the former President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, formerly the Defense Minister and Leader of the Opposition in India’s Upper House of Parliament; the head of India’s National Maritime Foundation, Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar; India’s legendary “Top Cop,” KPS Gill; and Arun Shourie, a Member of Parliament from the BJP.

Briefings Director of Asian Security Programs Jeff M. Smith has participated in and hosted high-level briefings on India and South Asian security affairs for Capitol Hill staffers, think tank scholars, and members of the State Department, Defense Department, and the intelligence community.

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