Dr. Walter C. Ladwig III
Dr. Walter C. Ladwig III
Senior Fellow

Dr. Walter C. Ladwig III is a senior fellow in the institute’s South Asia program. His work focuses on the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, U.S. foreign policy, insurgency and South Asian security.

Ladwig is the author of The Forgotten Front: Patron-Client Relations in Counterinsurgency (Cambridge University Press 2017) and he is currently writing a monograph on Indian defense policy. His scholarly writings have been published in a number of academic journals including International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies and Asian Survey, among others.

He has commented on international affairs for the Economist, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the South China Morning Post and the BBC and his opinion pieces have appeared in a number of newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Ladwig has taught courses on insurgency, terrorism, statecraft, diplomacy and Cold War history at the University of Oxford and King’s College London where he is an Associate Professor (UK: Senior Lecturer) of International Relations in the Department of War Studies. He is also the co-director South Asia education programs for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Diplomatic Academy.

Previously, Ladwig has been an adjunct fellow at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C., a predoctoral fellow at the Miller Center of Public and International Affairs at the University of Virginia and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India, as well as a participant in the German Marshall Fund’s Young Strategist Forum. He received a B.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.P.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford.