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Globetrotters: Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific
March 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) for the last installment of our Spring Speaker Series, Globetrotters: Security Around the World. SAIS Professor and nonresident fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution Joshua White, and Senior Associate for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Amy Searight will discuss maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.
Joshua T. White is a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and associate professor of South Asia studies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. His research focuses on political and security issues in the Indian subcontinent, and explores the growing ties between South and East Asia. He previously served at the White House as senior advisor and director for South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, where he counseled 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. Prior to joining the White House, he was a senior associate and co-director of the South Asia program at The Stimson Center and 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. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in history and mathematics, and received his doctorate with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Dr. Amy Searight is senior associate for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where she also previously served as senior adviser and director of the Southeast Asia Program. Dr. Searight has a wealth of experience on Asia policy—spanning defense, diplomacy, development, and economics—in both government and academia. Most recently, she served in the Department of Defense (DoD) as deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that appointment, she served as principal director for East Asian security at DoD and as senior adviser for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She also served on the policy planning staff and as special adviser for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) at the State Department as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. in East Asian studies from Stanford University, and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in political economy.