February 26, 2009, Ms. Polly Nayak

(Click to enlarge) Ms. Polly Nayak discusses the Indian domestic and foreign policy implications of the Mumbai attacks.

The Attacks in Mumbai: Indian Domestic and Foreign Policy Impacts


(Washington D.C.) February 26– The “26/11” Mumbai attacks have been described by many western commentators as an unprecedented terrorist challenge to India. The attacks, carried out by militants with ties to Pakistan, have caused India to rethink a variety of domestic and regional policies, as well as its relationship with regional governments and the United States. Ms. Polly Nayak, recently returned from a month in India, discussed how evolving Indian perceptions of and reactions to the events of 26/11 will shape the country’s security policies, election politics, communal relations, and counterterrorism cooperation with the United States.


Polly Nayak is an independent consultant who regularly advises senior officials at various government departments. Ms. Nayak also lectures at the Foreign Service Institute, teaches at several government agencies, serves on Sandia National Laboratory’s Distinguished Advisory Panel, and belongs to the Pakistan Policy Working Group. Her recent publications include "The Impact of Pakistan’s and Bangladesh’s National Strategies on U.S. Interests" in Strategic Asia 2008-2009 (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2008); US Crisis Management in South Asia’s Twin Peaks Crisis (Stimson Center, 2006, coauthored with Michael Krepon); “Prospects for US-India Counterterrorism Cooperation: An American View” in US-Indian Strategic Cooperation Into the 21st Century: More Than Words (2006); and US Security Policy on South Asia Since 9/11—Challenges and Implications for the Future (Asia-Pacific Center, 2005.) Ms. Nayak is working on a book on the role of government area experts in the making of foreign policy by senior U.S. officials.