Joshua T. White

Former Senior Associate/Co-Director

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Joshua T. White is a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Asia program. Prior to joining Stimson, White served as Senior Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held in conjunction with an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. While at the Pentagon he supported the Deputy Secretary of Defense in advancing the U.S.-India Defense Trade and Technology Initiative, and covered a wide range of defense issues related to Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and the department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.

White has spent extensive time in South Asia, interviewing Islamist leaders in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas, meeting with politicians and military officials, and researching trends in nuclear deterrence and strategic stability. He has held short-term visiting research fellowships at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan’s National Defence University (NDU), and the Institute for Defence and Strategic Analyses (IDSA) in Delhi. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and is a regular commentator on India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. White graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in history and mathematics, and received his Ph.D. with distinction from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

Follow Joshua on Twitter: @joshuatwhite

Research & Writing

Book
Deterrence Instability & Nuclear Weapons in South Asia

Deterrence between India and Pakistan is becoming less stable with the passage of time and an increase in nuclear weapon capabilities. India and Pakistan have not addressed basic issues in dispute, nor have they agreed to set them aside. Direct trade a…

Commentary
Joshua T. White Named Co-Director of Stimson South Asia Program

The Stimson Center announced today that Joshua T. White has been promoted to Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Asia program. White will lead the program with Stimson Co-Founder and Senior Associate Michael Krepon, which in 2015 will focus o…

Stimson in the News
Joshua T. White op-ed cited in The Diplomat on the Afghan Army

A few curated defense and security links from around the Internet: In a troubling development, the Afghan army’s death rate spiked by 30 percent, suggesting that the country’s military remains ill-equipped for the host of security threats the coun…

Stimson in the News
Joshua T. White op-ed in War on the Rocks on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington must have come as a welcome reprieve for a White House consumed by chaos in the Middle East, Russian revisionism in Eastern Europe, and the spread of Ebola in Africa. Modi’s resoundi…

Commentary
As Modi plans US trip, defence on everyone’s mind

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in September will be an occasion for glowing speeches about the future of Indo-US relations. Behind the public effusiveness, however, there will be a mutual sense of strategic reserve. New Delhi p…

Commentary
Book Review: Bringing Pakistan In From the Cold

Since the earliest days following the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, policymakers in the United States and Europe have struggled to envision a realistic path by which Pakistan might achieve some measure of nuclear normalization. Perhaps u…

Stimson in the News
Vikram Singh and Joshua White op-ed on imperative advices after Indian election published in CNN

Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in last month’s Indian general election has raised hopes that the country will break through the policy stagnation of the last decade and advance reforms that can jump-start India’s economy and bolster its st…

Commentary
How U.S. can reinvigorate India defense ties

By Vikram J. Singh and Joshua T. White: Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in last month’s Indian general election has raised hopes that the country will break through the policy stagnation of the last decade and advance reforms that can jump-start Indi…

Commentary
Views From Stimson On This Week’s Modi-Sharif Meeting

Newly inaugurated Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) overwhelming electoral victory earlier this month. The invitation surprised observers who had…

Stimson in the News
Joshua White is quoted in Diplo Pundit on US embassy

Joshua White, the deputy director for South Asia at the Stimson Center tweeted this last week: So… apparently the US is paying $400k to install “Camel Contemplating Needle” at the new US Embassy Islamabad… On March 30, The Skeptical Bureaucrat blog…

Commentary
Islamabad’s (Charm) Offensive

Talk to most any Afghan, and you’ll get an earful about how Pakistan has treated its smaller neighbor: the use of proxies, the tendency to see Afghan Pashtuns as pliant Pakistanis-in-waiting rather than independent political actors, and the persis…

Stimson in the News
Joshua T. White’s op-ed on US-Pakistan relations is published in Foreign Policy

Following the annus horriblis of 2011, US-Pakistan relations are finally looking up. The strategic dialogue between the two countries has resumed with a realistic scope and calibrated expectations. The defense relationship is settling back into polite…

Commentary
Pakistan and the United States: Frenemies Forever?

Following the annus horriblis of 2011, U.S.-Pakistan relations are finally looking up. The strategic dialogue between the two countries has resumed with a realistic scope and calibrated expectations. The defense relationship is settling back into polit…

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