About the Speakers:
Dr. Tara Kartha has served in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) for the Government of India during the tenure of 5 National Security Advisors. Her period of appointment at NSCS covered the Kargil War and the reform of the national security system that followed it. At NSCS she was also in charge of the National Security Advisory Board, which prepared the first Defense Review and the first National Security Review. Prior to this, she was nine years at the Institute of Defense Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. She is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. At present, she is the Senior Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, where she is co-authoring a monograph with Ambassador Jalil Jillani, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan. She writes regularly for the Indian media, and tweets at @kartha_tara.
Dr. Deepa Ollapally (moderator) is directing a major research project on power and identity and the worldviews of rising and aspiring powers in Asia and Eurasia, the Rising Powers Initiative. Her research focuses on domestic foreign policy debates in India and its implications for regional security and global leadership of the U.S. Dr. Ollapally has received major grants from the Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia. She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV and the Diane Rehm Show.