K Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture: "Navigating an Uncertain World" by Dr S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary of India, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS,1700 hrs

The Fifth Annual K Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture



"Navigating an Uncertain World"



Dr S Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary of India

Former Ambassador to the United States of America (2013–2015), China (2009–2013) and the Czech Republic (2001–04), and as High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09)


About the Speaker: Dr S Jaishankar assumed responsibilities as Foreign Secretary of India on 29 January 2015. Joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1977, he has represented India's interests and fostered friendly working relationships in countries around the world.

Dr Jaishankar's first postings abroad were as Third and Second Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Under Secretary (Americas) and Policy Planning at the Ministry of External Affairs. During this tenure he was part of the team that resolved the dispute over the supply of US nuclear fuel to the Tarapur Power Stations in India. From 1985 to 1988, he was First Secretary at the Indian Embassy in Washington. DC, followed by two years as First Secretary and Political Advisor to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka.

Upon completing his time as Ambassador in Prague in 2004, Dr Jaishankar became the Joint Secretary (Americas) at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He remained in office till 2007. In this capacity, he was involved in negotiating the US-India civil nuclear agreement and improving defence co-operation, including relief operations following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He was also involved with the conclusion of the 2005 New Defense Framework and the Open Skies Agreement, and he was associated with the launch of the India-US Energy Dialogue and Economic Dialogue. In 2006–2007, Dr Jaishankar was part of the Indian team during the negotiations on the 123 Agreement with US. He also represented the Indian government at the Carnegie Endowment International Non-proliferation Conference in June 2007.

In 2007 as High Commissioner to Singapore, he helped implement the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) that expanded the Indian business' presence in that country. Dr Jaishankar was also the Ambassador of India to China from 2009 to 2013.

On 29 January 2014, he addressed the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as the Ambassador of India to US. Therein he argued that "the grand strategy underwriting [India-US] ties is fundamentally sound" but the ties suffered a "problem of sentiment."

Dr Jaishankar holds a PhD and M.Phil in International Relations and a MA in Political Science. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is son of a prominent Indian strategic affairs analyst, commentator, and civil servant K Subrahmanyam.


About K Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture :

The National Institute of Advanced Studies organizes annually a lecture in the memory of K Subrahmanyam. K Subrahmanyam (1929- 2011), was the doyen of Indian strategic thinking with a farsighted vision on issues ranging from foreign policy to nuclear deterrence. As an intellectual progenitor of the Indian nuclear weapons programme, he is the most influential strategic thinker. In his distinguished career in Indian Administrative Service (1951), Subrahmanyamexcelled in the fields of administration, defence policy, academic research and journalism. He was also the first proponent of nuclear sufficiency in India. K Subrahmanyam was the Founder-Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and served in that capacity from 1968 to 1975. He rejoined IDSA in 1980 and took the think tank to newer heights in defence and foreign policy issues. He also chaired several government committees and commissions of enquiry, notable among them being the enquiry commission of the 1971 Indo-Pak war and the Kargil review committee in 1999. A major revamp of the Indian intelligence system took place based on the recommendations of the Kargil review committee.

All are cordially invited.




Programme Schedule


Friday, August 4, 2017