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George Perkovich

Speaker for March 30th, 2004 Young India Event

George Perkovich is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

He is the author of India’s Nuclear Bomb (University of California Press, 1999), which Foreign Affairs has called “an extraordinary and perhaps definitive account of 50 years of Indian nuclear policymaking,” and the Washington Times has called an “important… encyclopedic…antidote to many of the illusions of our age.” The book received the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association, for outstanding work by an independent scholar, and the A.K. Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, for outstanding book on South Asia.

Perkovich’s writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic Monthly, the Weekly Standard, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and other publications.

While continuing to work on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues, and on South Asian security and trade challenges, Perkovich recently has begun a project on fairness in the international system.

On South Asian security affairs, he has advised many agencies of the U.S. government, testified before both houses of Congress, and served on the 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force that published “A New U.S. Policy Toward India and Pakistan.”

From 1990 through 2001, Perkovich was director of the Secure World Program at the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a $400 million philanthropic institution located in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the time of the Foundation’s division in 2001 he also served as Deputy Director for Programs.

Perkovich served as a speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to Senator Joe Biden [D-Del.] from 1989-90.

Perkovich received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1997; his M.A. in Soviet Studies from Harvard University in 1986; and his B.A. in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He serves on the board of the New-Land Foundation.


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