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India in a World Adrift: A conversation on peace and security with Shivshankar Menon

February 19, 2022 - 9am

Virtual Event

(9am CST, 8:30pm IST, Zoom)

Shivshankar Menon, Chair of the Ashoka Centre for China Studies and visiting professor at Ashoka University; Faculty Sponsor, Paul Staniland, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago and moderated by Shreyas Shende, MA Candidate in the Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago

As the geopolitical centre of gravity shifts towards Asia, the South Asian subcontinent is at an inflection point. Even as India, like the region as a whole, slowly emerges from the social and economic devastation caused by the COVID19 pandemic, tensions along the militarised India-China border and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continue to present significant security challenges to India.

Given the churn in the global security order, what are the challenges to security and opportunities for peace for New Delhi? Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, author of India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present, will shed light on how India can respond to the significant challenges it faces in a world adrift.

Shivshankar Menon is Chair of the Ashoka Centre for China Studies and visiting professor at Ashoka University. His long career in public service spans diplomacy, national security, atomic energy, and Indiaโ€™s relations with its neighbours and major global powers. He previously served as the national security advisor to the Indian Prime Minister from January 2010 to May 2014, the foreign secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009, and as ambassador or high commissioner of India to Israel (1995-1997), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003) and Pakistan (2003-2006).

He is the author of India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present (2021) and Choices; Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy (2016).