March 14, 2012

Indian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

--An Address by Ambassador Nirupama Rao

March 22, 2012, 12:45 - 2:30 PM -

Hudson Institute, Washington , D.C. Headquarters

Indian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century:Challenges and OpportunitiesAn Address by Ambassador Nirupama Rao Thursday, March 22, 201212:45 – 2:30 PM Lunch and Registration at 12:15 PM. Just as the second half of the 20th century was characterized by America ’s Atlantic partnership, the India-U.S. relationship will be a defining feature of the 21st century. From the 1990s, succeeding Indian and American administrations have emphasized the multi-dimensional nature of the relationship and especially its strategic aspect. With a rapidly growing economy, military modernization, and a prominent geo-strategic location, India can play a key role not only in its neighborhood but also globally. Yet Indian leaders have traditionally preferred a status quo–oriented policy. As India is building closer ties with countries in East and South East Asia, re-emphasizing its ties with the Gulf Middle East, and increasing its economic ties with Africa , will it be more willing to play a bigger role? To answer these questions and more, Hudson Institute is honored to host the Indian Ambassador to the United States , H.E. Nirupama Rao, on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Ambassador Rao has had a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service spanning over three decades. She has served as Indian Ambassador to Bolivia , China , Peru , and Sri Lanka . After China , she was appointed Foreign Secretary, serving a two-year term. In September 2011 Ambassador Rao took over as India ’s Ambassador to the United States . Ambassador Rao was previously in Washington in the capacity of Minister for Press and Cultural Affairs at the Indian Embassy from 1993 until 1995. She was a Fellow at the Center for International Affairs (now the Weatherhead Center ) at Harvard University in the early 1990s. She was also a Distinguished International Executive in Residence at the University of Maryland from 1999 until 2000. Hudson Institute President and CEO Kenneth Weinstein will introduce Ambassador Rao. Hillel Fradkin , Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson’s Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, will moderate the Q&A session.
Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
Hudson Institute
1015 15th Street, NW 6th FloorWashington, DC


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