"A New U.S.-India Alliance-Why Bother?" Belfer Center Directors' Lunch with Xenia Dormandy, Executive Director for research at the Belfer Center and former Director fo South Asia at the National Security Council.

Xenia Dormandy is the Executive Director of Research at the Belfer Center. Until August 2005, Ms. Dormandy served as Director for South Asia at the National Security Council (NSC) where she played a key role in coordinating the visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which resulted in a new strategic partnership between the United States and India.

Prior to the NSC, Ms. Dormandy served in the Bureau of South Asia at the Department of State, where she was primarily responsible for counterterrorism, nonproliferation, and conflict issues (particularly Kashmir). During her tenure at State, Ms. Dormandy also worked in the Homeland Security Group and the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Shortly after September 11, 2001, Ms. Dormandy was detailed from the Department of State to the Office of the Vice President to work as Special Assistant in the Office of Homeland Security Affairs.

Ms. Dormandy is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government.