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Expertise: Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, China, India, defense policy

Vikram J. Singh is the Vice President for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. Previously, he served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia at the Pentagon, where he advised senior leadership on all policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region.

Until November 2011, Singh was the deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State. He has also served in the U.S. Department of Defense as a senior advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan, representing the department in National Security Council policy reviews of the region and the war in Afghanistan, and as a senior advisor responsible for the department’s post-2014 strategic approach to South and Central Asia.

From 2003 to 2007 Singh served in the Department of Defense on a broad range of issues, including programs to train and equip foreign military forces, American counterinsurgency and irregular warfare capabilities, stability operations, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, acquisitions resource analysis, and the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review.

Singh was a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, or CNAS, from 2007 to 2009. He is the author or co-author of numerous CNAS reports and articles published in a range of professional journals and national newspapers and has been a regular commentator on radio and television.

Singh has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, where he ran a Ford Foundation program on minority rights and conflict in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and reported on the Sri Lankan civil war for the Voice of America.

Singh is a recipient of public service awards, including the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service and the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. He holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.

By Vikram Singh
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Recalibrating U.S.-China Relations in Southeast AsiaCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2016
Time to Internationlize the Dialogue on Nuclear Armed Cruise MissilesWar on the RocksDecember 15, 2015
Obama Must Send Hollande to Moscow With This Clear MessageDefense OneNovember 23, 2015
After the Paris AttacksCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
A Progressive Foreign Policy—and a Whole Lot of Work—Pay Off on Iran Nuclear AgreementCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2015
5 Criteria for a Nuclear Agreement with IranCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2015
Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional ActionCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
The GOP is playing politics with our national securityMSNBCJanuary 13, 2015
Addressing the Gaps in Syria Policy in the Fight Against ISISCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2014
High Hopes, Modest ExpectationsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2014
Defeating ISIS: An Integrated Strategy to Advance Middle East StabilityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2014
Indispensable Partners: Reenergizing U.S.-India TiesCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2014
On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in IraqCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2014
How U.S. can reinvigorate India defense tiesCNNJune 5, 2014
Fires in Vietnam could ultimately burn BeijingReutersMay 19, 2014
The Unfinished Response to UkraineCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2014
Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True NorthCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2014
Key Elements of Sanctions and Support to Address Russian Aggression in UkraineCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2014