East-West Center in Washington Welcomes Visiting Fellow Gautam Adhikari
(Washington D.C.) April 5 - The East-West Center in Washington is pleased to welcome Gautam Adhikari as a Visiting Fellow for a year-long residency co-sponsored by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Beginning in April 2010, Mr. Adhikari, a former executive editor of The Times of India , will conduct research on the deepening of U.S.-India relations. Specific topics include the prospects for improved interaction with and understanding of Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as trilateral cooperation between the United States, India, and ASEAN.

Since 2003, the East-West Center in Washington Visiting Fellowship program has supported scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing in international relations of Asia, political change in Asia, and/or U.S.-Asia relations. Fellows are supported through residence at the East-West Center in Washington and field research. In addition to writing, fellows give one public lecture during their residency. For more information on the East-West Center's fellowship opportunities, click here .

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

Established in 1927, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India's struggle for independence and India's subsequent emergence as one of the most rapidly growing economies globally. FICCI plays a leading role in policy debates that are at the forefront of social, economic, and political change. Through its 600 professionals, FICCI is active in 39 sectors of the economy. FICCI's stance on policy issues is sought out by think tanks, governments and academia. Its publications are widely read for their in-depth research and policy prescriptions. FICCI has joint business councils with 79 countries around the world. A not-for-profit organization, FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. FICCI has direct membership from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 83,000 companies from regional chambers of commerce.

Gautam Adhikari is an internationally renowned journalist, writer, and television commentator. During his accomplished career with The Times of India newspaper in Mumbai, he has served as the executive editor, editorial page editor, and Washington bureau chief. He was also the founding editor of Daily News & Analysis (DNA) in Mumbai, editorial advisor of the Times Group, and dean of the Times School of Journalism.

Mr. Adhikari is also well established as a scholar within the non-governmental organization and think tank communities. Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, senior fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy, project director of the World Movement for Democracy and the Asian Center for Democratic Governance, visiting scholar and fellow at the George Washington University, consultant with the World Bank, and a resident fellow and adjunct lecturer of the Shorenstein Center for Press/Politics at Harvard University.

He has been widely published in prominent journals and has been a frequent commentator on news channels, such as CNN and BBC, as well as many Indian TV channels.

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