C. Christine Fair

C. Christine Fair

former Visiting Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict and Terrorism

C. Christine Fair was a Visiting Fellow at Gateway House and is an assistant professor in the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is also a senior fellow with the Counterterrorism Center at West Point and a research fellow with the National Bureau of Asia Research’s National Asia Research Program. Prior to joining Georgetown, she served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and a senior research associate with the United States Institute of Peace. Her research focuses on political and military affairs in South Asia. She has authored, coauthored and co-edited several books and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles covering a range of security issues in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the editorial board of <em>Studies in Conflict and Terrorism </em>and <em>the Journal of Strategic Studies</em>, and is an associate editor of <em>India Review</em>. Fair has an MA from the Harris School of Public Policy and a PhD from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilization, both at the University of Chicago. &nbsp;

PhD-University of Chicago, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilization, MA-Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago


Af-Pak, Counterinsurgency, South Asia Military, US Security

Last modified: October 11, 2021

Recent projects

Danish Ismail/Reuters Courtesy: Danish Ismail/Reuters
15 June 2021 Gateway House

Linking demonetisation and stone-pelting

There have been many reported links between protesters pelting stones at security forces in Kashmir and the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), with Indian intelligence reports that stone-pelters were paid money by the ISI, and often went on to become militants. This was an important motivation behind the demonetisation of currency notes by the Indian government in 2016. However, this raises the question: has demonetisation really curbed stone-pelting?
podcast_India-Pak Courtesy:
10 July 2015 Gateway House

India-Pakistan joint statement at SCO is no breakthrough

Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met on the sidelines of the SCO and released a joint statement on July 10. Gateway House National Security Fellows C.Christine Fair and Sameer Patil analyse the meeting along with the joint statement, and explain why it will be no breakthrough in India-Pakistan relations.

Kerry in Pakistan Courtesy: US Embassy in Pakistan
25 June 2015 Gateway House

Beguiling Americans: a guide for Indian diplomats

Pakistan continues to receive succour from its long-time ally, the U.S., despite blundering about in its neighbourhood unabashedly- be it through righteous indignation or through generous courtesies. The external affairs ministry needs to improve its approach towards U.S. officials who are visiting India in order to better its relation with the country.

Afghan Parliament attack: Taliban fighting with ISIS for space in Afghanistan (podcast)
23 June 2015

Afghan Parliament attack: Taliban fighting with ISIS for space in Afghanistan (podcast)

On 22 June 2015, a suicide bomber and six gunmen from the Taliban attacked the Afghan Parliament in Kabul. All six gunmen were later killed by Afghan security forces. Sameer Patil, Fellow, and C. Christine Fair, Visiting Fellow, national security, ethnic conflict and terrorism, Gateway House, sit down to discuss the significance of the attack, the security situation in Afghanistan and how India would respond if Indian investments came under attack.