Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

The Border Crisis and the Future of India-China Relations

Event Poster

Monday, September 28, 2020

11:00am – 12:30pm EST

Join Shivshankar Menon, Tanvi Madan and Taylor Fravel to discuss recent conflicts surrounding the border between China and India.

Chair: Vipin Narang, MIT

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. His professional experience included India’s relations with her neighbours, atomic energy and disarmament issues, and India’s relations with the major powers. 

Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program, and director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies.

M. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taylor studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China, and East Asia. His books include, Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes, (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton University Press, 2019). 

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics