Walter Andersen is the Associate Director of the South Asia Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Andersen recently retired as Chief of the U.S. State Department’s South Asia Division in the Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia and has held other key positions within the State Department, including Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Member of the Policy Planning Staff in Washington, D.C. Andersen holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and has previously taught at both the University of Chicago and the College of Wooster.