Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program
Siddharth Mohandas is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Director of Research and a Principal at The Asia Group. Previously, Dr. Mohandas was Principal Deputy Director of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. In this role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on policy priorities for the State Department and helped lead a team of 30 professionals who prepared strategic assessments and recommendations for the Secretary.
Dr. Mohandas also served at the Department of Defense as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in which role he advised the Under Secretary on a broad set of national security and defense policy issues. He also served in the Pentagon’s Office of Asian and Pacific Security and in the Office of Strategy, Plans, and Forces. Prior to that, he served at the State Department as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Before entering government, he was an editor at Foreign Affairs magazine. He has held research fellowships at the Brookings Institution, the Center for a New American Security, and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. He has written for multiple publications, including The National Interest, Newsweek, and The American Prospect.
He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University, and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College.