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Ashley Tellis, Indian American senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ( photo)

Hillary Clinton's Hillary for America campaign has announced it launched a coalition of Republican and Independents who are endorsing the Democratic presidential nominee for the November election.

Among the nearly 50 endorsements in the "Together for America" finance council coalition is Indian American Ashley Tellis.

Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense and Asian strategic issues.

While on assignment to the U.S. Department of State as senior adviser to the undersecretary of state for political affairs, he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India.

Previously, he was commissioned into the Foreign Service and served as senior adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. He also served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.

Prior to his government service, Tellis was senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and professor of policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School.

A graduate of the University of Bombay and the University of Chicago, Tellis also serves as the research director of the Strategic Asia Program at the National Bureau of Asian Research and co-editor of the program’s 12 most recent annual volumes, including this year’s Strategic Asia 2015–16: Foundations of National Power.

Tellis is also a member of several professional organizations related to defense and international studies including the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the United States Naval Institute and the Navy League of the United States.

Aside from Tellis, the coalition includes three former cabinet secretaries, six current or former members of the House and Senate, six former ambassadors, five former leaders in the armed forces, nearly 20 senior Republican administration officials and numerous business and community leaders.

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