Anja Manuel is an affiliate at CISAC and a Lecturer in the International Policy Studies Program, where she designed and teaches a course on US Policy toward South Asia.
Ms. Manuel is also a Partner, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley at The RiceHadley Group LLC, a strategic consulting firm. The firm assists CEOs and senior executives at major U.S. companies to expand their businesses and meet regulatory challenges in key emerging markets such as China, India and the Middle East.
From 2005 to 2007, Anja Manuel served as Special Assistant to Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Ms. Manuel had responsibility for South and Central Asia Policy, Congressional outreach and legal matters. She was part of the negotiating team for the U.S.-India civilian nuclear accord, helped to secure passage of the accord in the U.S. Congress, and was extensively involved in developing U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.
From 2001 to 2005, and from late 2007 to 2009, Ms. Manuel was an attorney at the law firm of WilmerHale, where she specialized in international litigation and arbitration, anti-corruption matters, and Congressional investigations. In her legal practice, Ms. Manuel advised clients on anti-corruption and international arbitration matters in China, India, Latin America, and Africa; and worked on matters of public policy interest, including representing Senators McCain and Feingold in their defense of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act before the Supreme Court. She also represented the German Economy Foundation Initiative in its efforts to set up a foundation to compensate forced labor victims of World War II.
Ms. Manuel started her career in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers, working on German and Eastern European mergers and privatizations.
She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees with distinction from Stanford University.
Ms. Manuel is a member of the Aspen Strategy India Group, the Board of Advisors for the Center for a New American Security, a Washington policy think tank, and serves on the board of Zipcourt, Inc. and the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative.
- Fortune.com, February 2011, “India Won’t Outpace China Without a Few Miracles.”
- Foreign Policy.com, November 2010, “Weak Ties? U.S. India Economic Relations.”
- The Washington Post, July 28, 2009. "U.S. Must Search for Common Ground in Muslim World."
- Executive Counsel magazine, with Jamie Gorelick, June 2008. "What the Election will Bring: Ethics and International Corruption in a New Administration."
- Foreign Affairs, "A New Model Afghan Army," and several updates on Foreign Affairs.com.
- Fletcher Forum, "Military Mergers: Rebuilding Militaries After Civil Wars."
- Ash Carter and John P. White, eds., Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future, MIT Press. With Elizabeth Sherwood Randall, Chapter: "Managing the Pentagon’s International Relations."
(Profile last updated April 2012)