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India, China, the US and World Politics: A Conversation with Nirupama Rao

January 31, 2014

Please join us Tuesday, February 4, 2014 to welcome Nirupama Rao, former Indian Ambassador to the United States and, currently, Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the Brown-India Initiative.   Following a conversation between Ambassador Rao and Watson Director Richard M. Locke, a reception will be held in the Ambassador's honor.  The conversation will be on "India, China, the US and World Politics " and is a collaboration of the Watson Institute and the Brown-India Seminar.

As Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow, Ambassador Rao will be in residence with the Brown-India Initiative at the Watson Institute until January 2015.  While in residence the Ambassador will work on a book that focuses on how the advent of new media technologies are changing the way countries respond to policy-related situations.


Nirupama Rao assumed her responsibilities as ambassador of India to the United States in September 2011, a position she held until November 2013. Prior to that, Rao was appointed foreign secretary, the highest office in the Indian Foreign Service, where she served a two-year term until July 2011. Rao was also India’s first female ambassador to China from 2006 to 2009.  She has served previously in Washington as minister for press and cultural affairs at the Indian embassy from 1993 to 1995. She has also served in Moscow as deputy chief of mission at her country’s embassy there in the late 1990s. On return to New Delhi, she was designated as spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs in 2001, the first woman to hold that post.

Rao joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. She acquired extensive experience in India-China relations, having served in the East Asia Division of the ministry at policy level capacities for several years. Her other ambassadorial assignments include Peru, Bolivia, and Sri Lanka, where also she was India’s first female high commissioner.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014
5:30 p.m. Conversation
6:30 p.m. Reception

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