Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 10:00am
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project, the Center for Public Leadership, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University for a conversation with Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor and Foreign Secretary of India, about his new book on India’s foreign policy entitled India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present. Mr. Menon will discuss India’s historical responses to the rise of China, in addition to other regional powers as well as analyze how India’s policies are likely to evolve in the future to address current and new challenges. Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.
RSVP to attend.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mr Shivshankar Menon is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington.
Mr Menon served as national security advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014 and as Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009. A career diplomat, he has served as Ambassador or High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-1997), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003), and Pakistan (2003-2006). He was a member of India’s Atomic Energy Commission from 2008-2014. Mr Menon has also served in India’s missions to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and in the Department of Atomic Energy in Mumbai.
Mr Menon has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT and Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Studies Institute in New York.
In 2010, Mr Menon was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 Global Thinkers.
Mr Menon studied at the Scindia School, Gwalior and St. Stephens College, Delhi University, where he studied ancient Indian history and Chinese.
ABOUT THE BOOK
India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present
A clear-eyed look at modern India’s role in Asia’s and the broader world
One of India’s most distinguished foreign policy thinkers addresses the many questions facing India as it seeks to find its way in the increasingly complex world of Asian geopolitics. A former Indian foreign secretary and national security adviser, Shivshankar Menon traces India’s approach to the shifting regional landscape since its independence in 1947. From its leading role in the “nonaligned” movement during the cold war to its current status as a perceived counterweight to China, India often has been an after-thought for global leaders—until they realize how much they needed it.
Examining India’s own policy choices throughout its history, Menon focuses in particular on India’s responses to the rise of China, as well as other regional powers. Menon also looks to the future and analyzes how India’s policies are likely to evolve in response to current and new challenges.
As India grows economically and gains new stature across the globe, both its domestic preoccupations and international choices become more significant. India itself will become more affected by what happens in the world around it. Menon makes a powerful geopolitical case for an India increasingly and positively engaged in Asia and the broader world in pursuit of a pluralistic, open, and inclusive world order.
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 03:00pm
Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 06:00pm
Jacqueline Bhabha (Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) will be in conversation with Neha J Hiranandani to discuss her book Girl Power: Indian Women Who Broke the Rules. The discussion will focus on the challenges young women still face when it comes to access to education and health while negotiating with the societal expectations. Keeping in with the theme of Neha Hiranandani’s Girl Power – a book about bringing forth the stories of ‘rebel women’ in India – it will ponder on the factors that contribute to the success of many who do break the mould, against the odds.
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 04:30pm
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 06:00pm
Speaker: Karthika Naïr, Author and Poet
Moderator: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University
In Until the Lions, Karthika Naïr retells the Mahabharata through the embodied voices of women and marginal characters, so often conquered and destroyed throughout history. She captures the richness and complexity of the Mahabharata, while illuminating lives buried beneath the edifices of one of the world’s most venerated books — revealing the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice.
Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 03:30pm
Fri, Oct 25, 2019
CGIS South, S010
CGIS South, S010
1730 Cambridge Street
Join us for a screening of “Reason,” an award-winning film, followed by a discussion with the film’s Director, Anand Patwardhan.
The screening will begin at 3:30 PM, with the discussion session beginning at 6:15 PM.
Anand Patwardhan, Documentary Filmmaker and Director of “Reason”
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Harvard University
This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.
Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 05:00pm
Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 07:00pm
Film Director Musa Syeed will join Professor Ali Asani for a screening of his film, Valley of Saints, followed by a question-and-answer session.
About the Film:
Dal Lake is a sprawling aquatic community in Kashmir where erupting political violence often distracts from the natural beauty. Gulzar, a young, working-class boatman, plans to skip town with his best friend in search of a better life, but a weeklong military curfew derails their departure. Forced to wait it out, Gulzar takes a job assisting a scientist named Asifa. As they navigate the floating landscape, an unlikely relationship blossoms between the two. When Asifa’s research reveals that the lake and an entire way of life face an alarming threat, everything in Gulzar’s own life begins to take on a new hue. Intricately weaving contemporary issues with traditional culture and ancient myths, VALLEY OF SAINTS is a vibrant, lyrical film about finding one’s path home in a changing world.
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 05:30pm
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 07:00pm
Dr. Shenila Khoja-Moolji is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College. Her work examines the interplay of gender, race, religion, and power in transnational contexts, particularly in relation to Muslim populations.
Dr. Khoja-Moolji is the author of Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia. She combines historical and cultural analyses with ethnography to examine the meaning of the “educated girl” figure in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan. Through her work, she has deepened the scholarship on the evolving politics of educational reform and development campaigns. Dr. Khoja-Moolji argues that advocacy for women’s and girl’s education is not simply about access, but more concerned with producing ideal Muslim women and girls with specific relationships to patriarchy, paid work, Islam, and the nation-state. As such, the discourse on girl’s and women’s education also encompasses issues in class relations, religion, and the nation.
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 07:00pm
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 09:00pm
Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) is a New Delhi-based filmmaker and artist whose work has powerfully mined the potential of a slower, drifting method of moving image to forge a politically charged and engaged mode of gently expanded cinema. Kanwar’s critically acclaimed yet fiercely debated Such a Morning hovers on the border between magical realist allegory and slow cinema trance film with an almost Calvino-like fable of a renowned mathematician impulsively abandoning his university post, without explanation, to hibernate in a train car abandoned deep in a lush forest.
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 04:15pm
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 06:00pm
Parag Khanna, Managing Partner of FutureMap, will discuss his new book entitled “The Future Is Asian,” in a talk chaired by Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School and Director of The Mittal Institute.
This event is co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center.
About the book:
“The ‘Asian Century
‘ is even bigger than you think. Far greater than just China, the new Asian system taking shape is a multi-civilizational order spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan, and Russia to Australia—linking five billion people through trade, finance and infrastructure networks that together represent 40 percent of global GDP. From investment portfolios and trade wars to Hollywood movies and holiday travels, no aspect of life is immune from Asianization.
“Dr. Parag Khanna’s latest book, “The Future Is Asian,” presents this irrepressible global Asianization through detailed analysis, data and maps of Asia’s major markets and their combined impact on global economy, society and governance. With his trademark conceptual clarity and on-the-ground reportage, Khanna provides essential guidance for executives as they look to hedge their China exposure and capture the next big commercial opportunities across Asia from real estate and retail to finance and technology, and attract Asian capital and talent into their operations at home and abroad. With his intimate knowledge of Asian history and geopolitics, he also paints a compelling vision of a balanced global system of shared responsibilities across America, Europe and Asia.” (Parag Khanna, 2019)
Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 06:00pm
Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 07:30pm
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School on his new book, Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries in conversation with Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 04:00pm
Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 06:00pm
Benjamin Siegel, an assistant professor of History at Boston University and a former fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, will discuss his new book “Hungry Nation: Food Famine, and the making of Modern India”, alongside commentators Prakash Humar, an associate professor of History and Asian Studies at Penn State University, and Rachel Berger, and associate professor of History at Concordia University.
About the Book:
This ambitious new account details independent India’s struggle to overcome famine and malnutrition in the twentieth century. Siegel explains the historical origins of contemporary India’s malnutrition epidemic, showing how food and sustenance moved to the center of nationalist thought in the final years of colonial rule. Hungry Nation interrogates how citizens and politicians contested the meanings of nation building and citizenship through food, and how these contestations receded in the wake of the Green Revolution. This is the story of how Indians challenged meanings of welfare and citizenship across class, caste, region, and gender in a new nation-state.
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 05:30pm
Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 07:30pm
Join the Harvard Business School India Research Centre and the HBS Club of India for a Fireside Chat with Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, HBS, and Manish Sabharwal, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, TeamLease for a conversation about Prof. Khanna’s recent book, Trust: Creating the Foundations for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries.
5:30-6:00 PM Registration, Tea & Networking
6:00-7:00 PM Fireside Chat
7:00-7:30 PM Q & A
Please RSVP here.
9, Vigyan, Lavelle Road, Ashok Nagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 04:30pm
Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 06:00pm
Assa Doron, Australian National University
Robin Jeffrey, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
Chair: Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India (Harvard UP, 2018) examines national assets and obstacles for achieving a cleaner India. The authors argue that obstacles that appear unique to India are volume, density, and the caste system. The authors will also discuss India’s assets, including old practices of frugality; recycling; global experience and science; and dynamic entrepreneurs, officials, NGOs, and citizens.