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SHIVSHANKAR MENON

 

Shivshankar Menon is an Indian diplomat, who served as National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He had previously served as the Foreign Secretary, the top diplomat in India. Prior to that, he was Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and ambassador to China and Israel. He has authored a book named, Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy. 

Area of interest: International politics, national security issues, India-China relations, Chinese politics and development, Indian Ocean, Cyber-security


The State of India’s National Security
22 Sep 2018

Happymon Jacob talks to Ambassador Shiv Shankar Menon about the state India’s national security.

Book Review: The China Dossier
27 Jul 2018
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Book Review

Strategic Underpinnings of China’s Foreign Policy
15 Jan 2018

What the strategic underpinnings of China’s foreign policy are, depend on one’s theory of the case. It depends on what foreign policy is considered to be, what weight is given to personality, perception, structures and other factors in making and determining foreign policy.

Book Release| Tansen Sen: India, China and the World: A Connected History
12 Jan 2018

Oxford University Press, India, 2017

IPM Induction 2017
01 Aug 2017

The only way to deal with the Chinese is directly
12 Jul 2017

As the Doklam spat between Beijing and New Delhi flares, the former NSA and old China hand says the neighbours need a new strategic dialogue to...

Current Stand-Off an Attempt by China to Change the Status Quo at Tri-Junction
09 Jul 2017

India’s former NSA, who has been involved in negotiations during earlier border incidents, says the difference this time is that the Chinese want India to...

Peace Prevails but...
20 Dec 2016

Shivsankar Menon discusses Indo-China Relations

Choices: Inside the Making of India's Foreign Policy
25 Nov 2016

Shivshankar Menon gives an insider’s account of the negotiations, discussions and assessments that went into the making of five pivotal choices in India’s recent history. These include the decision not to use overt military force against Pakistan after 26/11; the civil nuclear deal with the United States; the border agreement with China; the response to the last months of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war; and the thinking that underlay India’s No First Use nuclear policy. Drawing on his long and distinguished career as a diplomat holding critical positions in India’s external affairs ministry and in the prime minister’s office, Menon considers each situation against the backdrop of India’s evolving definition of her place in the changing global landscape.

Studying China
12 Nov 2015

As the India-China relationship becomes more important as a result of the rise of both countries, the potential impact and significance of China studies becomes ever greater.

Dealing With China
05 Aug 2015

Kautilya Today
18 Oct 2014

India and the USA
20 Sep 2013

Science and Security
03 Mar 2011

Resources

Experience

Current Positions
    • Chairman, Advisory Board, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi
    • Distinguished Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC 
    • Member, Board of Trustees, International Crisis Group
    • Distinguished Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute, New York
Past Positions
    • National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Jan 2010-May 2014.
    • Foreign Secretary of India, October 2006-July 2009.
    • High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, July 2003-Sep 2006.
    • Ambassador of India to China, August 2000-July 2003.
    • High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, August 1997-August 2000.
    • Ambassador of India to Israel, May 1995-August 1997.
    • Previous postings in China, Japan, Austria, and to the IAEA and the Indian Atomic Energy Commission
Education
    • MA in Ancient Indian History, Delhi University, 1970
    • BA (Honours), History, Delhi University, 1968.
    • Diploma and Certificate in Chinese Language, Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies, Delhi University, 1968-1971

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