Dr. Joshua T. White currently serves as Senior Advisor & Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, where he staffs the President and National Security Advisor on the full range of South Asia policy issues pertaining to India, Pakistan Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent. Prior to joining the White House, he 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 the Deputy Secretary of Defense in advancing the U.S.-India Defense Trade and Technology Initiative, and covered a wide range of defense issues related to Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and the department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.
Dr. White has spent extensive time in South Asia, interviewing Islamist leaders in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas, discussing local governance issues with politicians and civil society experts, and researching trends in nuclear deterrence and strategic stability. He has held short-term visiting research fellowships at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan’s National Defence University (NDU), and the Institute for Defence and Strategic Analyses (IDSA) in Delhi. He has written widely, testified before Congress, and served on U.S.-sponsored election observer delegations to both Pakistan and Bangladesh. Dr. White graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a double major in history and mathematics, and received his Ph.D. with distinction from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.