Lisa Curtis

The Heritage Foundation, Senior Research Fellow in the Asian Studies Centre


Since joining Heritage in August 2006, Curtis has appeared on major broadcast networks, including CNN, Fox News, PBS, and BBC, to comment on developments in South Asia and testified over a dozen times before Congress on issues related to U.S. policy toward India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Her commentary has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Foreign Policy, National Public Radio, and National Review Online, and in South Asian publications such as The Mint, India Outlook, The Friday Times, The News, and Express Tribune.

She co-chaired the Pakistan Policy Working Group, an independent, bipartisan working group made up of a handful of U.S.-based experts that published a report in September 2008 titled The United States and Pakistan: The Next Chapter. She also has contributed to a number of collaborative book projects with Indian think tanks, including Counterterrorism in South Asia with the Observer Research Foundation and India-US Partnership: Asian Challenges and Beyond with the Vivekananda International Foundation.

Before joining Heritage, she was Professional Staff Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, handling the South Asia portfolio for then Committee Chairman, Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). From 2001 to 2003, Curtis served as Senior Advisor in the State Department's South Asia Bureau, where she advised the Assistant Secretary on India-Pakistan relations. In the late 1990s, Curtis served in the Central Intelligence Agency as a political analyst on South Asia. She also served as a political officer to the U.S. embassies in Islamabad and in New Delhi from 1994 to 1998. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Indiana University and currently resides in Herndon, VA with her husband and two children.