A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers, and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense to climate to trade. Alyssa Ayres, a Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at Council on Foreign Relations, will join us to discuss how a fiercely independent India seeks its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.
At CFR, Ayres’s work focuses on India’s role in the world and on US relations with South Asia. In 2015 she served as project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on US-India Relations, and from 2014 to 2016 as project director for an initiative on the new geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan. She directs the US Relations with South Asia roundtable series, blogs regularly for Asia Unbound, and is a contributor to Forbes.
Ayres served previously as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, from 2010 to 2013, covering all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and providing policy direction for four US embassies and four consulates. Originally trained as a cultural historian, Ayres has experience in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, and she has carried out research on both India and Pakistan. Ayres speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu.
Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations