Deepa M. Ollapally

Deepa M. Ollapally is Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Professorial Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She is the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the Asia Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Her research areas include South Asian regional security; Indian foreign policy; U.S.-India relations; and identity politics and the international system. Her most recent book is The Politics of Extremism in South Asia, published by Cambridge University Press, 2008. She also published the book Confronting Conflict: Domestic Factors and U.S. Policymaking in the Third World. She has published articles in numerous journals including Foreign Affairs, Political Science Quarterly and Asian Survey. Her articles include “Identity Politics and the International System, ” co-authored with Alexander Cooley in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. She previously directed the South Asia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace and was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College. She was a Fellow and Head at the International and Strategic Studies Program at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India. She is on the executive board of Women in International Security; and on the advisory council of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace in New Delhi. She is a frequent commentator in the media and has appeared on BBC, CNN, NPR, VOA and the Diane Rehm Show.

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