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The South Asia Initiative (SAI) at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) serves as the University’s hub for policy-relevant research on contemporary South Asia. APARC reestablished SAI in 2020 with the goal of building a unique center of excellence that addresses the region’s most pressing and consequential policy issues.
Our work follows multiple lines of effort: rigorous and high-impact research outputs, including both academic scholarship and general-interest publications; programming that brings world-class expertise to bear on high-interest topics; and collaboration spanning across the world’s key centers of South Asia analysis and key policymaking communities in the United States and across the Indo-Pacific region.
Our goal is to grow into a multidisciplinary research program that makes a globally unique contribution to research, education, and collaboration on South Asia — one that maximizes policy impact by addressing important but relatively understudied issues.
The South Asia Initiative’s initial research focus is on regional security issues and the region’s most consequential state, India. We supplement that research focus with programming and collaboration on other countries and issues in South Asia, enlisting networks of experts across Stanford and other centers for South Asia studies.
Arzan Tarapore, PhD
South Asia Research Scholar
Arzan Tarapore is a Research Scholar at Shorenstein APARC, where he is charged with restarting APARC's research effort on South Asia. He is also a senior non-resident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Tarapore’s research focuses on security issues in South Asia and the rapidly evolving strategic landscape of the wider Indo-Pacific. Prior to his scholarly career, he served for 13 years in the Australian Defence Department in various analytic, management, and liaison positions, including operational deployments and a diplomatic posting to the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC.