United States: Mumbai-born strategic expert Ashley J Tellis, could be the next US ambassador to India, replacing Richard Verma, reports have suggested. Richard Verma will depart office on January 20, 2017 when Donald Trump takes over as the President of United States.
Tellis is currently a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He specialises in international security, defence, and Asian strategic issues.
Tellis, 55, is also a member of several professional organisations related to defense and international studies including the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the United States Naval Institute, and the Navy League of the United States.
After completing his bachelors and masters in economics from St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, Tellis pursued his PhD at the University of Chicago.
His writings are published in many edited volumes and journals. He is the author of India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture (RAND, 2001) and co-author of Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (RAND, 2000).
During the early years of his career, he was commissioned into the Foreign Service and served as senior adviser to the ambassador at the US embassy in India. Tellis also served as special assistant to the president on the National Security Council staff and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.