Expertise: National security and defense, Asia, technology and democracy
Vikram J. Singh is a senior fellow for National Security at American Progress. He was vice president for National Security and International Policy from 2014 to 2017. Singh supports the National Security team on defense policy, diplomacy, and Asia policy. He oversees CAP’s program on defending liberal democracy and American alliances as well as a new initiative on restoring the web as a force for democracy. He convened and served on CAP’s task force on U.S.-India relations.
From 2009 to 2014 Singh held senior positions at the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, including as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia and as deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was a fellow at the Center for a New American Security from 2007 to 2009. Singh started at the Department of Defense as a presidential management fellow and served in a variety of policy roles at the Pentagon from 2003 to 2007, including on South Asia policy; postconflict stabilization and counterinsurgency; defense capacity building for partners and allies; defense acquisition; and as a defense adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Singh lived and worked in Sri Lanka during the civil war, where he ran a Ford Foundation program on minority rights and conflict in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and reported for the Voice of America.
Singh is the author or co-author of numerous reports and articles and a regular commentator on radio and television. He is a recipient of several public service awards, including the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service and the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. He also completed the Defense Acquisition Resource Management Program. Singh holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.