The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced today that Rudra Chaudhuri will succeed C. Raja Mohan as director of Carnegie India, based in New Delhi. Mohan, the center’s inaugural director, will remain a nonresident senior fellow based in Singapore where he will also direct the Institute of South Asian Studies, a think tank of the National University of Singapore.
Chaudhuri comes to Carnegie from King’s College London, where he has served as a senior lecturer in South Asian security and strategic studies in the Department of War Studies and the India Institute since 2009. At King’s, Chaudhuri is the founding and current director of the FCO’s Diplomatic Academy for South Asia. He previously taught at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is author of the acclaimed book Forged in Crisis: India and the United States Since 1947 (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Carnegie India opened in April 2016, joining Carnegie’s centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington. The center’s research and programmatic focus includes the political economy of reform in India, foreign and security policy, and the role of innovation and technology in India’s internal transformation and international relations.
“We are delighted to welcome Rudra Chaudhuri to Carnegie,” Carnegie President William J. Burns said. “Rudra represents the very best of the next generation of Indian scholars, and he embodies Carnegie’s commitment to offering independent, global, and strategic insight and ideas on the consequential issues of our time. I am indebted to Raja’s remarkable leadership of Carnegie India and the support and partnership of our Board of Trustees and the Carnegie India Founders Committee, and I look forward to working with all of them to continue to strengthen and grow the center and its impact not only in India but across our global network.”
“I am very pleased to join Carnegie India and the broader Carnegie family at this important moment in India’s evolution at home and on the world stage,” said Chaudhuri. “I am particularly looking forward to working with so many thoughtful and deeply experienced colleagues across Carnegie’s global network to collectively absorb and address the challenging trends and choices before us and how best to navigate them.”