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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “India and the China Crisis: A Conversation with Ambassador Shivshankar Menon” on Oct. 27


Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen will host a virtual discussion titled, “India and the China Crisis: A Conversation with Ambassador Shivshankar Menon,” on October 27 as part of the next installment of the Dean’s Speaker Series. Ambassador Menon, who is currently a visiting professor at Ashoka University, formerly served as National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Foreign Secretary of India, and as the Indian Ambassador or High Commissioner to China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Israel.
In a conversation with Dean Cohen, Ambassador Menon will examine the broader strategic implications for India and Asia given the current China-India crisis. Ambassador Menon will also discuss the role ultra-nationalism plays in the tensions between the two countries.


Shivshankar Menon
Former Ambassador and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India
Visiting Professor, Ashoka University 


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. EDT
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020


This virtual event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620
About the Speaker
Ambassador Shivshankar Menon is currently a Visiting Professor at Ashoka University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, member of the International Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees, and Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. He was previously National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014, Foreign Secretary of India from October 2000 to July 2000, and has served as the Indian Ambassador or High Commissioner to China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Israel. 
In 2016, Ambassador Menon published “Choices; Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy,” and has a book “India in Asian Geopolitics; The Past, Present” forthcoming in early 2021. He has been a Fisher Family Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School and Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT in 2015. He was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy in 2010.
Dean’s Speaker Series
The Dean’s Speaker Series is the highest profile speaker series at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The series will host a diverse array of prominent international affairs practitioners and business leaders for insightful perspectives and thought-provoking discussions on international relations, leadership and other relevant topics that impact our focus areas. This fall will feature distinguished experts around themes such as American Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election, International Order after Coronavirus, Targets of Opportunity in the Global Arena, and Race Relations, Civic Engagement and Global Social Movements. All events require pre-registration and are free and open to the public.
Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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