Friday, April 24, 2015
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. — Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics @ Harvard
Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Fisher Family Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Former National Security Adviser to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Former Indian Foreign Secretary
India's National Security Calculus
Shivshankar Menon is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow of Brookings International. He has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT and Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard. Menon was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014. Menon was previously Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009. He has served as Ambassador and High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-7), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003) and Pakistan (2003-2006). He was also a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, 2008-14.
A career diplomat, he served in China (thrice), in Japan, and in Austria in the Embassy and the Mission to the IAEA and UN. He was seconded to the Department of Atomic Energy in the early eighties. His professional experience included India’s relations with her neighbours, atomic energy and disarmament issues, and India’s relations with the major powers. Menon speaks Chinese and some German. He is an MA in ancient history from Delhi University. He is married to Mohini, and has two children.