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
And this mirror imaging is the most dangerous thing because it leads to tremendous misunderstandings.
Former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon speaks to Karan Thapar on the real picture that would emerge if reports of China's ingress are true.
For India and China, in many respects the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated preexisting trends. The world was already in flux, between orders, before 2019 when the COVID19 pandemic struck. But it has also created a new reality, particularly within their polities and societies, and will have effects on their relationship.
There is a disruption in the distribution of power in the world today. The world as a whole is multipolar economically, unipolar militarily if tending away from that, and politically confused. But while the US is still the only power capable of projecting force around the world and the world is unipolar militarily, the situation in Asia is evolving rapidly.
Effect of the trade war between China and the US on India
The world today is between orders. The so-called “rule-based liberal international order” — which was neither liberal nor particularly orderly for most of us — is no longer attractive to those who created and managed the order from WWII until the 2008 global economic crisis.
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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.
Oxford University Press, India, 2017
Sage Publications, 2017
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Shivsankar Menon discusses Indo-China Relations
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.
How do we interpret China’s actions today and what is Chinese behaviour likely to be in the future? This analysis suggests that the rise of China promises an extended period of political and security instability, tension and jockeying among powers in Asia
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.
चीन अध्ययन संस्थान द्वारा आयोजित ‘चीन अध्ययन अखिल भारतीय सम्मेलन’ एक महत्वपूर्ण अवसर है। इस उपलक्ष पर भारत में चीन का अध्ययन कर रहे लोग विशेषज्ञों के साथ अपने काम की समीक्षा करते हैं, हमारे सहयोगियों से मिलने और भारत में चीन के अध्ययन की समीक्षा करते हैं।
Distinguished Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC
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