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LU Alum Tapped to be Ambassador to India

Lehigh alumnus Richard Verma ’90, a national security expert who has served in the U.S. State Department and the U.S. military and as an adviser to members of Congress, has been nominated by President Obama to be the next U.S. ambassador to India.

Verma previously served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs under Hillary Clinton from 2009-11. Verma's nomination also comes at a “moment of transition” in the relations between the world’s two largest democracies, said Nandini Deo, assistant professor of political science, an expert in comparative politics and coauthor of the 2011 book The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India: Tools and Traps.

"Richard Verma will have to convince the Indian public that President Obama’s administration is not a lame duck one," said Deo, "and that the President can actually push through important initiatives in technology cooperation, while ending disagreements about approaches to climate change mitigation and deepening economic ties."

Verma earned his B.S. in industrial engineering at Lehigh and was a trustee with the university from 1999 to 2002.

Read the full story at the Lehigh University News Center.

-Kurt Pfitzer is a writer with Lehigh University Media Relations.

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