Colonel (Retd) Jack Gill, Dr Gawdat Bahgat and Colonel (Retd) John Wood discussed the new United States administration’s emerging policies in South Asia. Questions addressed included: what are the next steps in US relations with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran? And what regional challenges and opportunities does the US face in South Asia?

President Trump’s administration has brought a mix of change and continuity in the country’s foreign and security policies, including those in South Asia. Security trends in and around the region are shifting: tensions remain high between India and Pakistan; security in Afghanistan is at a stalemate; friction between Afghanistan and Pakistan remains; and there are concerns that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is seeking greater influence in South Asia.


Colonel (Retd) Jack Gill is an Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) in Washington DC. He is a former US Army South Asia Foreign Area Officer, and has worked on South Asian intelligence and policy issues since the mid-1980s. Gill’s writing has covered US-Indian military relations, the 1971 India-Pakistan War and military operations during the 1999 Kargil conflict, among other topics.

Dr Gawdat Bahgat is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the NESA Center. His areas of expertise include energy security, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and counter-terrorism. Before joining NESA in December 2009, he taught at a range of universities. Dr Bahgat has published ten books including International Political Economy (2010) and has served as an advisor to several governments and oil companies.

Colonel (Retd) John Wood is an Associate Professor at the NESA Center. Prior to joining the centre he served as the Senior Director for Afghanistan at the US National Security Council (NSC) from 2007 to 2009. He previously served 28 years in the United States Army as an armor officer, retiring as a Colonel. Prior to his time at the NSC, he served in the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs – Asia.


This event was chaired by Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS. It took place in the Trafalgar Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.

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Event details

Discussion Meeting
Jack Gill, Associate Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center)
Dr Gawdat Bahgat, Professor, NESA Center
John Wood, Associate Professor, NESA Center
Arundel House, London
Thursday 6 April 2017, 12.30–1.30pm BST