Starr Forum: Evolving Security Dynamics in Asia

May 7, 2015

Speakers: Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Taylor Fravel, Vipin Narang

Ambassador Shivshankar Menon was India's former national security advisor and foreign secretary. While foreign secretary in 2008, Menon was an active voice in negotiations over the India-US civil nuclear initiative, which placed India's civil nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. As a career diplomat, he was India's ambassador to China (2000-2003) and Israel (1995-1997), as well as high commissioner to Pakistan (2003-2006) and Sri Lanka (1997-2000). In addition to this, he served in Japan and in Austria in the Embassy and the Mission to the IAEA. Earlier in his career, Menon was director in the Department of Atomic Energy in Mumbai from 1983 to 1986. Earlier this year, he was at MIT CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow and is currently a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.

Taylor Fravel is associate professor of political science at MIT and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. He studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China, and East Asia.

Vipin Narang is associate professor of political science at MIT and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.