Speaking Like a State: Language and Nationalism in Pakistan

book-speaking-flatCambridge University Press, 2009
    Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521519311)
    Adobe eBook Reader (ISBN-13: 9780511590375)
    Mobipocket eBook edition (ISBN:9780511652936)
    South Asian edition (ISBN-13: 9780521762892)
    Paperback edition  (ISBN: 9781107404434)

WINNER, 2011-2012 American Institute of Pakistan Studies Book Prize (link) 

Alyssa Ayres’ fascinating study examines Pakistan’s troubled history by exploring the importance of culture to political legitimacy. Early leaders selected Urdu as the natural symbol of the nation’s great cultural past, but due to its limited base great efforts would be required to make it truly national. This paradox underscores the importance of cultural policies for national identity formation. By comparing Pakistan’s experience with those of India and Indonesia, the author analyzes how their national language policies led to very different outcomes. The lessons of these large multiethnic states offer insights for the understanding of culture, identity, and nationalism throughout the world. The book is aimed at scholars in the fields of history, political theory, and South Asian studies, as well as those interested in the history of culture and nationalism in one of the world’s most complex, and challenging, countries. (more…)

Power Realignments in Asia: China, India, and the United States

book-power-flatCo-edited with C. Raja Mohan
Sage Publications, 2009

Hardback (ISBN-13: 9788178299488 )

China’s emergence as a great power is transforming the world, affecting its security, economy and physical environment. Power Realignments in Asia: China, India and the United States explores the impact of China’s rise on relations among China, India and the United States. (more…)

Delivering on the Promise: Advancing U.S. Relations with India

A report of the Asia Society Task Force on US Policy toward India

book-delivering-flatFrank G. Wisner and Charles R. Kaye, co-chairs
Alyssa Ayres, director

A new Asia Society task force outlines a bold new strategy for the incoming US administration to pursue deeper collaboration with India on global challenges ranging from security and economic growth to climate change, education, agricultural needs, and HIV/AIDS. (more…)

India Briefing: Takeoff at Last?

book-indiabriefing-1-flatCo-edited with Philip Oldenburg
Asia Society and ME Sharpe, 2005

Hardback (ISBN-13: 978-0765615923)
Paper (ISBN-13: 978-0765615930)

Since 2001, India has gained new attention as an emerging world power with a rapidly growing economy, a world-class science and technology sector, and a huge English-speaking labor pool. After a period of escalating tension with neighbor Pakistan, wide-ranging peace talks are underway. Within India, there is an unprecedented mood of optimism about the future. At the same time, the nation wrestles with difficult questions about the place of secularism in society, the role it sees for itself globally and within Asia, and the reality that millions of Indians still live at the subsistence level. (more…)

India Briefing: Quickening the Pace of Change

book-indiabriefing-2-flatCo-edited with Philip Oldenburg
Asia Society and ME Sharpe, 2002

Hardback (ISBN-13: 978-0-7656-0812-3)
Paper (ISBN-13: 978-0-7656-0813-0)

Since 1998, India has held two national elections, begun the second phase of economic reforms, and grown in global stature as the intellectual training ground for Silicon Valley. With their new prominence, Indian Americans are increasingly effecting change in India through their financial and intellectual clout. In another sphere, India now occupies a special place in the literary world as Indian writers in English gain in prominence and numbers. India has also found itself the new ground zero of the next AIDS crisis. And reciprical state visits by President Clinton and India’s Prime Minister Vajpayee have ushered in a new spirit of Indo-U.S. cooperation. (more…)

The State of India Studies in the United States

book-indiareview-flatCo-editor, with Sumit Ganguly, and contributor.

Special issue of India Review, Vol. 5, no. 1 (January 2006). 172 pp.

ISSN: 1557-3036 (electronic) 1473-6489 (paper)

Halfway through the first decade of the twenty-first century, interest in India has exploded in the United States in a very public way. In years past, India occupied so marginal a position in the American imagination that Asia meant China, Japan, or occasionally Korea–excluding the whole of India from that continent. By 2005, however, breathless cover stories of news magazines featured India as a rising power second only to China; the business press, it seemed, could not get enough of India and its opportunities for growth; and President Bush and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a series of agreements that poised India and the United States for a new relationship of strategic partnership. (more…)