About the event
Our first panel discussion looks at India’s evolving interests and strategies in its western neighborhood – Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Our panel will dwell deeper into a range of interlinked topics, including India’s search for connectivity to Eurasia, energy security, stabilising Afghanistan and the gradual southward expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to South and West Asia along with India's recent entry as a full member. Our speakers will help the audience in understanding the challenges and opportunities that confront India in this vast region.
About the Speakers
Meera Shankar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973 and had an illustrious career spanning 38 years. She served as an Ambassador of India to Germany from 2005 to 2009 and to the United States from 2009 to 2011. She served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office from 1985 to 1991; was posted to Washington DC and served as Minister (Commerce) from 1991 to 1995. Subsequently, in the Ministry of External Affairs, she headed two divisions dealing with the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and relations with Nepal and Bhutan. Ms Shankar also held responsibility for the UN and international security issues as Additional Secretary.
Suhasini Haidar is the Diplomatic Editor at The Hindu. Over the course of a 22-year career in journalism, Ms Haidar has covered the most challenging stories and conflicts from the Indian subcontinent and beyond including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Libya, Lebanon and Syria. She was the Foreign Affairs editor and prime time anchor at CNN-IBN (2005-2014), and also was Correspondent at CNN International’s New Delhi bureau.
Meena Singh Roy is a Research Fellow and heads the West Asia Centre at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). Her areas of specialisation are Central Asia and West Asia. Prior to joining IDSA, Dr. Roy was a senior research scholar in the Department of African Studies, Delhi University. She was also associated with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies and London School of Economics for her research work.
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy is Deputy Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi; Coordinator, IPCS' Centre for Internal and Regional Security (IReS); and Member, IPCS Editorial Board. She is also Member, Advisory Council, Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (RIWPS), Afghanistan. Previously, she has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center, Washington, DC, and Beyond Borders Women in Conflict 1325 Fellow.
Please note this discussion is by invitation only.