Joshua White

Joshua White

Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies
Fellow, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies
Asia Programs
South Asia Studies

Office: R620


  • Afghanistan
  • East Asia
  • Indian Ocean Region
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Counterterrorism
  • Islamic Movements
  • Maritime Security
  • Nuclear Deterrence
  • Politics and Governance
  • Religion and Politics
  • Security and Defense Issues

Background and Education

Joshua T. White is Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies and Fellow at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is also a Nonresident Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. He previously served at the White House as Senior Advisor & Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, where he staffed the President and National Security Advisor on the full range of South Asia policy issues pertaining to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent, and led efforts to integrate U.S. government policy planning across South and East Asia. While at the White House, Dr. White played an instrumental role in advancing the U.S.-India relationship, with a focus on deepened defense and security cooperation and expanded opportunities for trade and investment; sustained constructive U.S.-Pakistan ties on an array of counterterrorism, economic and regional issues; supported a sustainable security transition in Afghanistan; coordinated U.S. government plans to re-normalize ties with Sri Lanka after decades of civil war; and led a high-level government-wide effort to assess how the United States can effectively respond to the growing economic, political, and strategic linkages between South and East Asia.
Prior to joining the White House, Dr. White was a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Asia program at The Stimson Center and, previously, 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 Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in advancing the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, and advised on a broad set of defense issues related to the department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.
Dr. White has spent extensive time in Asia, and has written on a wide range of issues including defense policy, electoral politics, Islamic movements, and nuclear deterrence. He has held short-term visiting research fellowships at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan’s National Defence University, and the Institute for Defence and Strategic Analyses in Delhi; testified before Congress; and served on U.S.-sponsored election observer delegations to both Pakistan and Bangladesh. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in history and mathematics, and received his PhD with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

2017-02-09 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
Nowhere does th...
Nowhere does the United States face greater long-term security and defense challenges than in Asia. This course, combining a thematic approach with weekly case studies, provides a rigorous examination of key security issues across the Indo-Pacific — from Pakistan to Japan — and their implications for U.S. interests and policy planning. Topics include the evolving Asian security order; defense challenges posed by the rise of China; trends in conventional military modernization; implications of the Sino-Indian rivalry on regional stability; emerging dynamics in Asian nuclear deterrence; and trends in security competition in the maritime, space and cyber domains. This course includes a practical focus on policy writing.

09-05-2017 to 12-11-2017 | Th 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
Fall 2017 
This course tak...
This course takes a multifaceted look at one of the world’s most populous states and its evolving economic and strategic relationships with great powers, the Middle East, and the wider Asia-Pacific. The first major theme of the course is the way in which Pakistan has been shaped by — and, at times, has induced — crises throughout its history. From its wars with India, to its turbulent relationship with the United States, to its own internal uprisings, Pakistan has rarely been at peace with itself or its neighbors. The second theme of the course explores Pakistan’s role as a fulcrum between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, with particular emphasis on its relationship with China and the multi-billion dollar energy, infrastructure, and connectivity investments being planned under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; Pakistan’s complex ties to the Gulf states; and its evolving relationships with Russia and Iran. This course includes a practical focus on policy writing. 

09-05-2017 to 12-11-2017 | W 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM