Related Bulletins: South Asia Security Monitor

This project is now part of the AFPC Indo-Pacific Security 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.

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.

AFPC staff 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.