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Vikrum Aiyer
Vikrum Aiyer is a political appointee in the Obama Administration and Senior Advisor in the White House National Economic Council.

Previously, Aiyer was Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the President's Commerce Department, where he advised the Secretary & Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property on the policies, budget priorities, and communications of the nation's IP agenda.

Aiyer also coordinated public-private partnership strategies aimed at expanding the national footprint of the patent & trademark office; boosting exports for small businesses; spurring advanced manufacturing opportunities in America; and ripening the business climate for start-up growth.

As a former communications advisor to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) he has worked on communications campaigns for Congress, federal agencies, and trade associations, including the State Department, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and the National Education Association.

In 2015 Forbes Magazine named Aiyer as 30 Under 30 to watch in Law & Policy. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and did graduate work at the George Washington University’s School of Political Management. He lives in Washington, DC, where he serves on the steering committees for Refugees International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Entries by Vikrum Aiyer

It's a Runoff, Now What? Parsing the Impacts of the Presidential Rematch in Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 12:06 PM

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and the international community seemed to breathe a huge sigh of relief on Tuesday after Hamid Karzai agreed to participate in a November 7th run-off election for the Presidency of Afghanistan.

For months, United Nation election monitors, diplomats and the Independent Election...

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The Swine AcCHORDS: Infectious Disease Surveillance in the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 12:35 PM

Mexican Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova recently noted at a news conference that the current outbreak of H1N1, commonly referred to as swine flu, appears to be tapering off. Mr. Cordova indicated that infected individuals are currently passing the virus along to approximately 1.4 to 1.8 people, lending credence...

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Selling War: Struggling to Make the Case to Fight Terrorism, Again.

(7) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 12:50 PM

American proposals to root out terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) have largely been shielded from criticism as everyone from policy makers to pundits has regarded it as a war of necessity. Unlike the pinnacle of the Iraq war, where polls opined that mobilizing resources was a never-ending drain on...

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Balancing the Equation: AfPak Security at the Expense of Governmental Stability

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 6:03 PM

As American strategies for Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) come to fruition, a premium must be placed on articulating what a stable civil society will look like for each state. This may sound like an obvious step in any plan to stomp out terrorist safe havens abroad, but two tactics that...

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Extreme Conscription: Recruiting the Taliban for America's Fight

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 5:36 PM

Two major policy announcements from the White House in the last several weeks -- one committing to a draw down of troops in Iraq by 2011 and one committing 17,000 of our bravest to Afghanistan -- coalesce as pivotal decisions in redirecting US Foreign Policy in the Afghani and Pakistani...

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