David J. Karl is the president of the Asia Strategy Initiative, an analysis and advisory firm focused on the nexus of politics and economics in Asia, with particular focus on South Asia. He also is co-founder and chief knowledge officer at Geoskopke LLC, a market intelligence company focused on key emerging nations. He has served as an adjunct professor at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. He earlier served as director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy, in charge of the council’s think-tank focused on foreign policy issues of particular resonance to the US West Coast. He holds a PhD in International Relations, writing his dissertation on the India-Pakistan strategic rivalry.