India’s Economic Transformation and Its Evolving Foreign Policy


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When: May 16 2019 - 12:30pm until May 16 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

India’s Economic Transformation and Its Evolving Foreign Policy

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy
Director General,
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President & Director, East-West Center in Washington

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India is in the midst of rapid socio-economic change, anchored in a drive for all around development. A number of domestic reform measures are transforming India into a knowledge-based, skill-supported, and technology-driven society. As the Left to right: Ambassador Chinoy and Dr. Satu Limayefastest-growing large economy in the world, India’s growth and the geostrategic changes at the global and regional levels are major drivers of its evolving foreign policy. India’s key objectives include a focus on “neighborhood first” policy, cultivating ties in the broader Indo-Pacific region including through connectivity projects, revitalizing India’s strategic partnerships with major powers, and enhancing defense diplomacy. India is no longer just a bystander but is actively involved in shaping outcomes. Of all India’s relationships, ties with the US are of the greatest strategic significance. As fellow democracies, the US, along with Japan, has a vital role to play in enabling India to access the markets and technologies that are necessary for India to play a bigger role and meet the aspirations of its 1.2 billion people.

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Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy is the Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, since 3 January 2019. A career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service from 1981 to 2018, he was India’s Ambassador to Japan and the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 2015-2018, and earlier, the Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Belize. A specialist on China, East Asia and the Asia-Pacific, he served in Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing and was Consul General in Shanghai and Sydney. He also served as India’s representative to the First Committee at the United Nations in New York dealing with Disarmament and International Security Affairs, and in the Indian Mission in Riyadh. At Headquarters, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he served as Director (China) as well as Head of the Expert Group of Diplomatic and Military Officials tasked with CBMs and boundary-related issues with China. He also served on the Americas Desk dealing with the USA and Canada, and as Officer on Special Duty in charge of press relations in the External Publicity Division. On deputation with the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office, he worked on internal and external national security policy and anchored strategic dialogues with key interlocutors around the world. He is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and conversant in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu and French-Creole. He also speaks Hindi and Gujarati. His long career includes extensive involvement in economic issues. He has contributed to Indian newspapers and journals, besides lecturing in India and overseas. He schooled at the Rajkumar College (Rajkot), read English Literature at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat, and gained his Master of Business Administration from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. He was an Exchange Student at the Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka in 1978.

Satu Limaye is Vice President and Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

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