Dr. Ashok Sharma is a Fellow (International Relations & Business Development) at the Australia India Institute (AII). Ashok is also the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Auckland Branch and a Fellow at the New Zealand-India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining the AII, Dr. Sharma was a faculty member in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, where he taught ‘Great Power Relations’ and ‘International Security and Conflict. He was a visiting academic at the University of Waikato and an Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellow at Australian National University in 2008. Previously, he worked at foreign and security policy think tanks in India. Dr. Sharma holds an M.A. in Political Science, an M.Phil., and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is extensively published and one of the leading experts on India-U.S. geopolitical relations.