In the last two decades, globalisation, rapid development and the rise of China and other emerging economies have moved the centre of gravity of the world politics and the economy to Asia. In this talk, Ambassador Menon will consider the longer term drivers of this phenomenon and where they might take the geopolitics of Asia in the future.
Former National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Shivshankar Menon 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. Menon is currently the Chairman, Advisory Board, of Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi and a Distinguished Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. Menon was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2011 to May 2014 and Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009. In 2010 Menon was picked by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s “Main 100 Global Thinkers“. He has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at Harvard and in 2015 a Fisher Family Fellow at MIT. Shivshankar Menon is part of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. His book, “Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy”, was published in October 2016. His areas of interest include International Politics, national security issues, India-China relations, Chinese politics and development and Cyber security.