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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Tarun Chhabra, 2009

JD, Harvard University

Tarun Chhabra is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Harvard University

TARUN CHHABRA is a fellow at the Brookings Institution.  

From 2015-2017, he served on the National Security Council staff at the White House as director for strategic planning, and director for human rights and national security issues.  From 2013-2015, he was a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Tarun grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was born in the U.S. to parents who emigrated from India and are now naturalized citizens.  

Tarun earned a JD from Harvard Law School, an MPhil in international relations from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA with honors and distinction from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Tarun also was a Fulbright Scholar to Russia, where he studied at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO).

Tarun has been visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House and a graduate fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.  Tarun also worked on the staff of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change; in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; and as a consultant-advisor to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

  • JD Law | Harvard University 2011
  • MPhil International Relations | Oxford University 2007
  • BA International Relations | Stanford University 2002
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