Saturday, September 26, 2020

Stephen J. Golub

Stephen J. Golub is a widely recognized international development scholar and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in over 40 countries spanning the globe. Mr. Golub has: led major multi-country studies and otherwise worked with numerous multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, policy institutes and nongovernmental organizations; taught at several leading universities; and contributed commentary to various media outlets concerning U.S. and international affairs.

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Richard M. Rossow

Richard Rossow is a senior fellow and holds the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.- India Policy Studies at CSIS. He joined CSIS in 2014, having spent the last 16 years working in a variety of capacities to strengthen the partnership between United States and India. Prior to CSIS, he served as director for South Asia at McLarty Associates. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Rossow was with New York Life Insurance, most recently as head of International Governmental Affairs, where he developed strategic plans for the company’s public policy and global mergers and acquisitions work. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Rossow served as deputy director of the U.S.-India Business Council.

Mr. Rossow received his B.A. from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.


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M. Ashraf Haidari

Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari is the Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka with over 20 years of work experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in various parts of the world. He was recently the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, while having previously served in senior diplomatic postings in India and the United States. He is a Research Fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) in Kabul and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi where was also a Senior Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group (DPG) from 2015-2016. Mr. Haidari has lectured on Afghanistan, regional security, and global affairs at many public and academic forums. He has published articles, commentaries, and Op-Eds in major regional and international publications, while often interviewing with print and broadcast press to analyze for solutions the security challenges that confront Afghanistan and the international community at large. The recipient of many public and academic awards, Mr. Haidari is internationally educated in the United States, Switzerland, and Afghanistan. He holds a Master of Arts from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington-DC and a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College in Indiana. During 2002-2003, Mr. Haidari was a Fellow in Foreign Service at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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Ambassador Vishnu Prakash

Ambassador Vishnu Prakash retired recently, after serving as an Indian diplomat for over 35 years. His assignments included High Commissioner to Ottawa, Ambassador to Seoul, Official Spokesperson of Foreign Office and Consul General to Shanghai. He also held important positions in Tokyo, Islamabad, Moscow and New York. He is now a foreign affairs analyst and columnist concentrating on the Indo Pacific region. He is also a regular panelist in TV and think tank discussions.

Retd. Major General BK Sharma

Maj Gen BK Sharma Heads Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation at the USI of India. He specializes in strategic Net Assessments, Scenario Building and Strategic Gaming. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command course and National Defense College. He attended a course in International Peacekeeping in Santiago (Chile) in the year 2000.

He commanded a mountain division on the China border. He was Senior Faculty Member at the National Defense College, Director at the Military Wing at the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Principal Director at the Directorate of Net Assessment, HQ Integrated Defense Staff and Brigadier General Staff of a Corps deployed in the East. He was Defense Attaché in the Embassy of India in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and UN Military Observer in Central America

He has spoken at international Xiangshan Forums, SCO Forums, BRICS Forum, international events organized by the UN, OSCE, SIPRI and CMCA and at the Central Asia & Afghanistan Dialogue-2015. He has participated in India- Afghanistan and India- Vietnam Track 2 Dialogues. He has participated in many other international events related to geopolitics in several countries.

He contributes articles in the Indian and foreign journals and newspapers. He has edited four books and number of monographs. He edits Strategic Perspective, the USI digital magazine, and the prestigious USI Strategic Yearbook.

He was conferred a national award for National Building by the Confederation of Educational Excellence of India in 2017.

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Mr. Jayadeva Ranade

Jayadeva Ranade, is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and President of the recently established ‘Centre for China Analysis and Strategy’. A former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, he is also a Member of the Core Group on China of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and Distinguished Fellow at the institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi .

He is a security and intelligence expert and a seasoned China analyst with almost 30 years experience in the field. He has also dealt with matters relating to Terrorism and Pakistan. He has been directly involved in formulation of policy at the highest levels in the Government of India. He was conferred the Organisation’s two highest awards, both out of turn.

Jayadeva Ranade earned a Diploma of Advanced Proficiency in Chinese after a 2-year study programme in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and completed an Intensive Introductory Course in Mandarin and a Diploma in Mandarin from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. His foreign assignments have included Hong Kong, Beijing and his last foreign posting, prior to retirement in late 2008, was as Minister in the Indian Embassy in Washington.

Mr Ranade is the author of the book ‘China Unveiled: Insights into Chinese Strategic Thinking’, released in January 2013. He contributes to many mainstream national newspapers, magazines and leading publications, mostly on strategic and security issues relating to China, Tibet and East Asia, his chosen fields of specialization. Chapters contributed by him on specialized aspects relating to China have been published in thirteen books.

He is often requested by leading TV news channels to comment on issues of national interest. He is invited to international conferences and seminars in India and abroad to speak on China/East Asia and other subjects, including relating to Intelligence.

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Rear Admiral Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande

RADM Sudarshan Shrikhande, commissioned July 1980; served in several ships before specialising in ASW & Sonar Weapon Engg from the Soviet Naval War College (1985-88). There upon, he was ASWO & Operations Officer in INS Ranvir for four years.

He has commanded IN ships Nishank, Kora and Rajput. Appointments ashore include ASW School, War Room Delhi, Director INTEG (Navy’s tactical evaluation group) and as Defence Adviser (2005-08) in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, NZ and Tonga). A 1995 graduate of the Staff College, winning the Scudder Medal; Naval Higher Command Course in Mumbai (2002); the US Naval War College (2003) graduating with highest distinction while winning the Robert Bateman & Jerome E Levy individual prizes and James Forrestal seminar prize.

As a flag officer, he has been ACNS (Intel & Foreign Cooperation (2009-10); Chief of Staff/ SNC (2010-2012); ACIDS (Fin Plg) / HQIDS 2012-14); CSO / Strategic Forces Command (2014-15). As Flag Officer Doctrines & Concepts for the IN since Nov 2015, he requested and retired early on 10 July 2016. He has an MSC (Weapon & Sonar Engg); Msc (Def Studies); MPHIL (Mumbai Univ) and is pursuing a PHD (Mumbai University).

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Retd V Adm Suresh Bangara

He retired as Flag Officer Commanding – in – Chief, Southern Naval Command on 31 Jul 2006. Before that he was the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff – Operations, Commandant, National Defence Academy, Commander – in – Chief, Southern Naval Command. He also served as Naval Attache/Adviser at the Embassy/High Commission of India at Islamabad.

He participated in the famous attack by Indian Navy on the Karachi harbour in Indo – Pak 1971 operations and was awarded ‘Mention in Despatches’.

He underwent the Staff Course at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, London, 1979. National Defence College, New Delhi, 1992 and a course for Senior Executives in National and International Security,(John F Kennedy School) Harvard University, 2000.

A prolific writer and speaker in various forums, he has authored papers and monographs, co-authored books and is a regular contributor in a few web based publications.

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Ananth Krishnan

Ananth Krishnan is a Visiting Fellow at Brookings India. He was previously Associate Editor at the India Today Group until August 2018. Before joining India Today Group, Ananth worked for The Hindu newspaper, reporting from its Beijing bureau from 2009 until 2014. Ananth‘s reporting has taken him to all but three of China’s 33 provinces and regions. He has interviewed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the Foreign Minister, Defence Minister and other leaders. His

interests include India-China relations as well as ethnic minorities in China. Before moving to China, Ananth was based at The Hindu’s
headquarters in Chennai and its bureau in Mumbai. Ananth holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago.

Kanwal Sibal

Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal was also India’s Ambassador to Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia and DCM in Washington with the rank of Ambassador. He has written more than 500 Op-Eds/articles on foreign policy issues. Decorated by France and Russia, he received the Padma Shri award in 2017.

Dr Ajey Lele

Dr Ajey Lele is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. His specific areas of research include issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Space Security and Strategic Technologies. He has authored a few books.

Vidya Sagar Reddy

Vidya Sagar Reddy is a Research Analyst at Jane’s by IHS Markit. Previously, he was an Associate Fellow in the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at Observer Research Foundation (ORF). His papers and articles appeared in Astropolitics and NewSpace journals as well as in The Space Review, E-International Relations, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs etc. He holds Master’s degrees in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal university.

Ambassador Vivek Katju

Ambassador Vivek Katju retired as Secretary in India’s Ministry of External Affairs. He has been Ambassador in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Thailand. He is an expert on India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Asia and South East Asia.

Lt. Gen P R Shankar (Retired)

Lt. Gen. PR Shankar has served for four decades in the Indian Army in multiple operational areas and is currently a professor at the Aerospace Department of IIT Madras.

Ambassador Gurjit Singh

Gurjit Singh has been India’s Ambassador to Germany, Indonesia, ASEAN, Ethiopia and the African Union besides having been in in Japan, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Italy on assignments. He has authored four books, the last of which was ‘Opportunity Beckons: Adding Momentum to the Indo-German Partnership’ which focused on how India and Germany can diversify and intensify their relations in a globalising world as good partners. His book on Indoneisa ‘Masala Bumbu Enhancing the India-Indoneisa Partnership’ was well received as was his comic book ‘Travels through Time: The story of India and Indonesia’. He frequently contributes on economic, developmental, strategic and trade issues to various journals and books. He has an abiding interest in developmental economics and issues of sustainable development. He is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore. He chairs the CII business Task Force on Trilateral Cooperation in Africa.

Rashmee Roshan Lall

Rashmee Roshan Lall is an international affairs columnist based in London. She has lived and worked in eight countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, Haiti, the UAE, U.S. and Tunisia.

She was editor of The Sunday Times of India, in New Delhi, and presenter of the BBC World Service’s flagship news and current affairs programme, The World Today. She has written for many outlets including The Independent, The Guardian, The Economist, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Hindustan Times, India Today, First Post Print, The National and The Arab Weekly.

She has contributed a chapter – ‘An Aam NRI’s view of the “New” India’ – to ‘Making Sense of Modi’s India’, HarperCollins Publishers India, 2016. Rashmee blogs at and is on Twitter @rashmeerl

Dr Minna Thaheer

Dr Minna Thaheer is a Senior Research Professional at the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Colombo, Sri Lanka co-heading a thematic on Social Cohesion, and is a visiting lecturer at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, (BCIS) Colombo, Sri Lanka. However, the opinions expressed in the article are that of the writer’s own and do not necessarily represent the organizations she is attached to. Dr Thaheer counts about 20 years of professional engagement in humanitarian and development sectors while pursuing her academic and journalistic interests. Her career to date mainly includes interventions in peace and reconciliation, human development, political transition processes, conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, policy analysis, advocacy and empowerment. Her recent publications include” “Sri Lanka Muslim Congress: Politics of a Minority Ethnic Party,” in Jayadeva Uyangoda and Amita Shastri eds. Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity, New Delhi: Oxford University Press (July, 2018). Co- author of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Voices from the War Zones- 2013 (reprinted in 2014), Colombo: ICES (International Centre for Ethnic Studies). She was a recipient of the NUFU PhD scholarship from University of Oslo, and was awarded a PhD in Political Science by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka