Karl F. Inderfurth

Karl F. Inderfurth

Adjunct Lecturer
South Asia Studies

Expertise

Regions
  • Afghanistan
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • South Asia
Topics
  • Intelligence
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Security
  • National Security
  • Nuclear Deterrence
  • Peacekeeping and Disarmament

Background and Education

Karl F. Inderfurth is an Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with an expertise on national security and South Asia.
 
From 2011-2013, he held the inaugural chair in U.S. – India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of the International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs for seven years; he currently holds a position there as lecturer of international relations. In 2015 and 2013, he was Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs at Hamilton College. 
 
Ambassador Inderfurth has a distinguished career in government service. From 1997 – 2001, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, with responsibility for, among other countries in the region, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During part of this time he was ‘dual-hatted’ as Special Representative for Global Humanitarian De-mining (1997-1998), overseeing Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s “De-mining 2010 Initiative” to remove landmines around the world that threatened civilian populations by the year 2010.  From 1993 to 1997, he served as the U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. His portfolio included UN peacekeeping and disarmament. Ambassador Inderfurth also was appointed as Deputy U.S. Representative to the UN Security Council and took part in Council missions to Somalia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, and Western Sahara.
 
From 1975 through 1976, he served on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Senator Frank Church; from 1977 to 1979, he was Special Assistant to Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House; from 1979 to 1981, he was Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
 
Prior to his presidential appointments, Ambassador Inderfurth worked as a State and Defense Department correspondent and later a Moscow Correspondent for ABC News (1981-1991) where he traveled extensively to the then-Soviet republics. He won several honors for his reporting on the nation’s security concerns, including an Emmy award and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award.
 
Ambassador Inderfurth received his MA from Princeton University, his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Strathclyde University in Scotland, where, in 2013, he was presented the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa. He has served on the board of the National Democratic Institute, the Asia Foundation and the Landmine Survivors Network, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fulbright Association.


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Spring 2018 
This course exa...

This course examines key security challenges in contemporary South Asia and their implications for the United States. The course begins with an overview of the subcontinent's history and its partition with focus the development of American policy toward South Asia. Then we examine the politics of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and their interactions in war and peace. The continuing challenges of terrorism and nuclear proliferation will be explored as well.

01-29-2018 to 05-05-2018 | W 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM