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Tanvi Madan

Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Center for Asia Policy Studies in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She is also the host of the Global India podcast. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India’s relations with China and the United States. She also researches the U.S. and India’s approaches in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the development of interest-based coalitions, especially the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Quad.

Madan is the author of the book “Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War” (Brookings Institution Press, 2020). Her ongoing work includes a book project on the recent past, present, and future of the China-India-US triangle, and a monograph on India’s foreign policy diversification strategy.

Madan is a member of the editorial board of Asia Policy and a contributing editor at War on the Rocks.

Previously, she was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. In the past, Madan has also been a research analyst at Brookings, and worked in the information technology industry in India.

Madan has authored a number of publications on India’s foreign policy and been cited by media outlets such as the Associated Press, The Economist, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Madan has also appeared on a number of news shows including on the BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, Channel NewsAsia, CNBC, Fox News, India Today TV, NDTV, NPR, and PBS.

In addition to a doctorate in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin, she has a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree with honors in history from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India.


  • Asia Policy, editorial board, member
  • War on the Rocks, contributing editor
  • Past Positions

    • Harrington Doctoral Fellow and Teaching Assistant, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
    • Research Analyst, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution
  • Education

    • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
    • M.A., Yale University (2003)
    • B.A., Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University (1999)
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How does India deal with its friends and rivals, and see its role in the world? On Global India, host Tanvi Madan and guests unpack India’s foreign policy and its international impact for experts and new learners alike.

Media and Appearances

Foreign Policy June 11, 2024

Some of it is India’s own technological goals, and a recognition that Taiwan is one of the largest and most advanced economies in the world…It fits India’s search for like-minded..."

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Financial Times April 26, 2024

In a country as diverse as India, that reliability and attractiveness [economic performance and democracy] will inevitably be affected by the level of inclusion, social cohesion and..."

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BBC September 8, 2023

The issues like debt, rising food and energy prices have been exacerbated by the war and the pandemic. India and other developing countries in the G20 would want industrialised..."

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Aspen Ideas Festival June 28, 2023

Tanvi Madan joined the AEI’s Sadanand Dhume and Foreign Policy’s Ravi Agrawal for the discussion, “The Global Swing State: India’s Role in the New World Order.”

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Financial Times June 23, 2023

In the cold war, India could walk a middle path because it had no major disputes with either the US or the Soviet Union, and play each other off against each other….Today it can’t do..."

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ABC News June 22, 2023

There’s a strategic imperative in the region. Multiple administrations have seen India as a geopolitical counterbalance, an economic alternative and a democratic contrast to China.”

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Deutsche Welle June 21, 2023

From a strategic, economic and values perspective, part of what has made India attractive is that it is a democracy….Part of that, I think the U.S. has recognized, is accepting who..."

Financial Times June 21, 2023

The visit marks one of the rare moments in U.S.-India history where there is a real opportunity to take things to the next level. It is driven by strategic imperatives, not least China.

BBC June 21, 2023

When there is strategic convergence, the two countries [India and the United States] are incentivised to manage their differences. Maybe not eliminate them, but manage their..."

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