Walter Andersen

Walter Andersen

Senior Adjunct Professor of South Asia Studies
South Asia Studies

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  • Afghanistan
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Intelligence
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • Terrorism
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy
  • German
  • Hindi

Background and Education

Walter Andersen serves as Senior Adjunct Professor of South Asia Studies. He is also affiliated with Tongji University in Shanghai as a professor in the graduate school of international relations. Dr. Andersen served as the Administrative Director of the South Asia Studies Program from 2012-2017 and as the Johns Hopkins University Representative to the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS, Dr. Andersen served as chief of the US State Department's South Asia Division in the Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia. He held other key positions within the State Department, including Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the US Embassy in New Delhi and member of the Policy Planning Staff in Washington, DC. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and the College of Wooster. Dr. Andersen’s current research involves Hindu nationalism and India's assertive foreign policy in the Indian Ocean and its littoral. Publications include The Brotherhood in Saffron: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu Revivalism and a forthcoming book on Hindu nationalism. Dr. Andersen received a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

2015-02-25 00:00:00 
Spring 2018 
Introduces the ...
Introduces the political development of South Asian states (including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). The subcontinent has a growing relevance in international politics, and domestic developments play a significant role in determining the external policies of the various regional states. The course draws on South Asian examples to elaborate on themes relevant to the general study of political change in other developing countries: democracy, governance and civil society, state institutions, the press, federalism, political parties, religion in political development, identities and new nationalisms, social movements, the politics of gender issues and the politics of economic reform.

01-29-2018 to 05-05-2018 | T 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM

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