Dhruva Jaishankar has been Director of the U.S. Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) since 2019He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute in Australia and is a regular contributor to the media, presently writing a monthly column for the Hindustan Times 


Jaishankar was previously a Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at Brookings India in New Delhi and the Brookings Institution in Washington DC from 2016 to 2019. At Brookings India, he managed foreign and security policy programmes and conducted research on India's role in the Indo-Pacific, defence indigenization, and India-U.S. relations. From 2012 to 2016, he was a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, where he managed the India Trilateral Forum - a regular policy dialogue involving participants from India, Europe, and the United States - and researched the implications of digital technologies in developing democracies. From 2009 to 2012, he was programme officer with GMF, where he coordinated the institution's Asia Program. Before that, he worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution in Washington and as a news writer and reporter for CNN-IBN television in New Delhi. In 2015-2016, he was a Visiting Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he researched India-Japan security relations.


Jaishankar holds a bachelor's degree in history and classics from Macalester College, and a master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University. He has been an IISS-SAIS Merrill Center Young Strategist (2013), a participant in the ORF-Zeit Stiftung Asian Forum on Global Governance (2016), and a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Trilateral Commission (2017-2020). 


His commentary has appeared in Indian and international publications, including in print in The Globe & Mail, The Hindu, Indian Express, India Today, Politico, The Straits Times, and The Times of India and online for The Atlantic, BBC World, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, The New York Times, Project Syndicate, U.S. News & World Report, War on the Rocks, and The Washington Post. He has also been interviewed or cited by Bloomberg, CNN International, The Economist, The Financial Times, National Public Radio, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.



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