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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.

By Vikram Singh
How to Keep the US-India Defense Relationship Moving AheadDefense OneAugust 7, 2018
Partnership in PerilCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2018
Myanmar’s Atrocities Demand New SanctionsForeign PolicyMay 23, 2018
Drivers of Authoritarian Populism in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressMay 10, 2018
Defending Democracy — A Joint Project with AEI and CAPAmerican Enterprise InstituteMay 10, 2018
Why Peace Talks Are Washington’s Best Bet in AfghanistanForeign AffairsMarch 21, 2018
It’s Time for the World’s Democracies to Stand Up for What They Believe InThe Washington PostFebruary 20, 2018
Where’s the 9/11 Commission for Russia’s Election Attack?Foreign PolicyNovember 13, 2017
A Responsible Approach to North KoreaCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2017
China Is Looking Forward to Trump’s Truancy at the East Asia SummitForeign PolicyOctober 27, 2017
The Missing Middle: Defense Financing for Middle-Income DemocraciesWar on the RocksOctober 5, 2017
The American People Deserve More Answers on AfghanistanCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2017
Don’t Let Trump Start a War with North KoreaCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2017
Time to Act on Russia SanctionsCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2017
Trump’s One-Note Draft Budget Puts Lebanon at RiskThe National InterestJune 14, 2017
McMaster’s Challenge: His Boss Is Already Making America Less SafeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2017
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