Ashley J. Tellis

Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs tel +1 202 939 2394 fax +1 202 483 1840
Ashley J. Tellis holds the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing in international security and U.S. foreign and defense policy with a special focus on Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
 

Education

PhD, MA, University of Chicago
MA, BA, University of Bombay 

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Ashley J. Tellis holds the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing in international security and U.S. foreign and defense policy with a special focus on Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

While on assignment to the U.S. Department of State as senior adviser to the undersecretary of State for political affairs, he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India.

Previously he was commissioned into the Foreign Service and served as senior adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. He also served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to President George W. Bush and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia. Prior to his government service, Tellis was senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and professor of policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School.

He is a counselor at the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Research Director of its Strategic Asia program and co-editor of the program’s seventeen most recent annual volumes, including this year’s Strategic Asia 2021–22: Navigating Tumultuous Times in the Indo-Pacific. He is the author of India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture (2001) and co-author of Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (2000). In addition to numerous Carnegie and RAND reports, his academic publications have appeared in many edited volumes and journals.

Tellis serves as an adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations. He is a member of several professional organizations related to defense and international studies including the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the United States Naval Institute, and the Navy League of the United States.

He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. He also holds an MA in political science from the University of Chicago and both BA and MA degrees in economics from the University of Bombay.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs July 8, 2021
    Regime Change Is Not an Option in China

    The relationship between China and the United States is the central drama of global politics today. It captures and defines the current era: great-power rivalry, ideological competition, the diffusion of advanced technology, and the weakening of U.S. hegemony.

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  • Carnegie.ru Commentary March 26, 2021 Русский
    India, Russia, and the Quad: Russia’s Place in the Indo-Pacific

    Ahead of the first virtual summit of the Quad countries (the United States, Japan, Australia, and India), Ashley J. Tellis, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, looked at the relationship between Russia and India, the role of the Quad, and why Delhi is keen to include Moscow in Indo-Pacific affairs.

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  • India's Minister of Foreign Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar gestures as he answers questions
    March 3, 2021
    Non-Allied Forever: India’s Grand Strategy According to Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

    The India Way should be indispensable reading because it proves that the intersection of U.S. and Indian self-interest—with all its possibilities as well as its limits—remains the surest foundation on which to sustain the ongoing transformation of U.S.-Indian relations.

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  • Washington Quarterly December 11, 2020
    Waylaid by Contradictions: Evaluating Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

    If any of Donald Trump’s initiatives ought to outlast his presidency, the Indo-Pacific strategy is arguably the most deserving candidate.

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  • Indian soldiers
    Book Chapter United States Army War College Press October 30, 2020
    India: Capable but Constrained

    The Indian Armed Forces are large and competent, but they face significant internal security challenges as well as major external dangers from China and Pakistan.

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  • Reorienting China Policy By Working With Europe
    Policy Outlook October 29, 2020
    Reorienting China Policy By Working With Europe

    Europe and the United States have adopted new courses on China policy over the last four years. Yet actual results are still lagging behind China’s many actions and initiatives.

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  • Making U.S. Foreign Policy Work Better for the Middle Class
    Report September 23, 2020
    Making U.S. Foreign Policy Work Better for the Middle Class

    To help expand and sustain America’s middle class, U.S. foreign policy makers need a new agenda that will rebuild trust at home and abroad.

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  • Hustling in the Himalayas: The Sino-Indian Border Confrontation
    Article June 4, 2020
    Hustling in the Himalayas: The Sino-Indian Border Confrontation

    Once again, Chinese and Indian forces find themselves locked into a tense border standoff. That the latest encounters are occurring at multiple locations along the Line of Actual Control suggests a high degree of Chinese premeditation and approval for the military’s activities from the very top.

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  • U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class: Perspectives From Nebraska
    Report May 21, 2020
    U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class: Perspectives From Nebraska

    As millions of Americans contend with lost wages and savings due to the coronavirus, the challenge of making U.S. foreign policy work harder for the middle class is even more vital.

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  • Between Washington and Beijing: India's Geopolitical Challenges
    Centro Studi Internazionali di Geopolitica May 18, 2020
    Between Washington and Beijing: India’s Geopolitical Challenges

    China poses a challenge to both India and the United States, causing New Delhi to deepen its ties with Washington while appearing cordial with Beijing. India’s core strategy is likely to succeed because Washington sees that strategic altruism is a good policy, given both India’s constraints and U.S. needs.

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  • Ocean Nations: An Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue 
    September 20, 2021 Japan Society, New York City
    Ocean Nations: An Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue 

    Join us for a special two-day dialogue on security in the Indo-Pacific and island nations' perceptions of regional priorities and challenges.

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  • Book Discussion: Elbridge Colby's Strategy of Denial
    September 15, 2021 Live Online
    The Strategy of Denial

    Join us for a conversation on Elbridge A. Colby's debut book The Strategy of Denial on the future of the United States’ defense strategy against China's growing power.

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  • Indian Ocean Initiative Launch
    September 14, 2021 Live Online
    Indian Ocean Initiative Launch

    Join us for the celebratory launch of Carnegie’s Indian Ocean Initiative, a forum to examine the nexus of economic, geopolitical, and security interests in the Indian Ocean and its island states and territories.

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  • Book Talk - India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present by Shivshankar Menon
    July 8, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    Book Talk - India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present by Shivshankar Menon

    In his book, ‘India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present’, Shivshankar Menon traces the evolution of Indian foreign policy as a response to Asia’s changing geopolitical landscape, steered significantly by a rising China.

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  • Developing a World Class Indian Military
    June 2, 2021 Live Online
    Developing a World Class Indian Military

    Ashley J. Tellis will host a discussion with C. Christine Fair, John H. Gill, and Arjun Subramaniam for a timely conversation addressing contemporary issues that speak to whether India’s armed forces can support its ambitions to become a leading power in the international system.

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  • A New Order for the U.S. and Asia — India
    March 31, 2021 Live Online
    A New Order for the U.S. and Asia: What Kind of US-India Partnership?

    The United States and India have grown increasingly close. But even as Washington’s ambitions for the partnership expand exponentially, India’s foreign policy is in transition.

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  • A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021
    December 16, 2020 Live on YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021

    The conference will consist of six virtual discussions that will provide a look ahead to 2021, focusing on what Carnegie scholars and other experts believe will be the most significant and challenging issues facing the Middle East and North Africa in their interaction with international actors.

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  • The United States and the World: A New Direction?
    December 15, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    The United States and the World: A New Direction?

    Held on Dec. 15 from 8:45-10:00 a.m. EST (3:45-5:00 p.m. Beirut) with opening remarks by Marwan Muasher. This discussion will begin with a fireside chat between William J. Burns and Maha Yahya. The panel will then examine the top foreign policy priorities of the incoming Biden administration, particularly in the Middle East. Among the other topics that will be covered are the global priorities for the new U.S. administration, Washington’s relations with China and Russia, and the future of multilateral relations.

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  • What's Next for China-India Relations: A Look Ahead
    December 9, 2020 Live online
    What's Next for China-India Relations: A Look Ahead

    Just over one year since Xi and Modi’s last meeting, scholars will discuss the trajectory of China-India ties and provide recommendations to improve the relationship between Asia’s two largest countries.

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  • United States-India Partnership: Looking Forward?
    December 4, 2020 7:00 PM—8:00 PM IST
    The U.S.-India Partnership: Looking Forward

    The growth of the U.S.-India strategic partnership has been a significant achievement both in Washington and in New Delhi over the last two decades. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Laura Stone and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Reed Werner will review recent successes and identify future goals for the relationship. Carnegie’s Ashley J. Tellis will moderate.

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