Event ReportsPublished on Dec 10, 2003
Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with RAND organized a two-day Indo-US Strategic Dialogue at ORF Campus, New Delhi, on December 10 and 11, 2003.
Indo-US Strategic Dialogue

< style="font-size: small">PARTICIPANTS FROM INDIA

  • < style="color: #000000;font-size: small">Ambassador Hamid Ansari
  • < style="color: #000000;font-size: small">B Raman
  • < style="color: #000000;font-size: small">Vice Admiral K K Nayyar
  • < style="color: #000000;font-size: small">Satinder K Lambah
  • < style="color: #000000;font-size: small">Ambassador Naresh Chandra
  • < style="color: #000000;font-size: small">General (Retd) Ved Prakash Malik
  • < style="font-size: small">Amb. S.K. Arora
  • < style="font-size: small">Brig. R.K. Kalra
  • < style="font-size: small">Mr. Arvind Gupta
  • < style="font-size: small">Dr. Tara Kartha
  • < style="font-size: small">Dr. G. Balachandran
  • < style="font-size: small">Col. Bhupinder Singh
  • < style="font-size: small">Col. RSN Singh
  • < style="font-size: small">Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar
  • < style="font-size: small">Prof. C. Mahapatra
  • < style="font-size: small">Prof. K.P. Vijayalakshmi
  • < style="font-size: small">Prof. S.D. Muni
  • < style="font-size: small">Mr. Robert O. Blake
  • < style="font-size: small">Ms. Amanda Wallace
  • < style="font-size: small">Mr. S.K.Singh
  • < style="font-size: small">Mr. Vikram Sood

< style="font-size: small">Ambassador Hamid Ansari

Ambassador Hamid Ansari is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Banaras Hindu University, of the Executive Committee of the India International Centre, New Delhi and of the India - UK Round Table. Ansari joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1961. He was Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and High Commissioner to Australia, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He was awarded the Padma Shri, a high civilian honour, in 1984. After retirement from the Indian Foreign Service, Ansari was for some time a Visiting Professor at the Centre for West Asian and African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi before becoming the Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. Ansari has published a number of papers:
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">’ Democratizing the Security Council ’ in The United Nations At 50: An Indian View (ed: Prof. Satish Kumar, New Delhi, 1995) pp. 205-222.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">’ Some Reflections on the Concepts of Intervention, Domestic Jurisdiction and International Obligation’ in United Nations At 50 and Beyond (ed: Prof. M.S. Rajan, New Delhi, 1996) pp. 321-330.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">’ Strategic Issues and Destabilizing Forces in West Asia ’ ( Journal of the United Services Institution of India, Vol. CXXVII No. 532, April-June 1998 pp. 209-228)
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">’ Security in the Persian Gulf: The Evolution of a Concept ’, ( Strategic Analysis - Monthly Journal of the IDSA, Vol. XXIII, No.6, September 1999 - pp 857-871)
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Persian Gulf Security: Past Perspectives, Future Prospects ( GSP Occasional Paper Series , JNU, New Delhi 2000).
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Strategies of Group Mobilization: Militant Groups and the West Asian Peace Process ’ in I nternational Studies, Vol. XXXVIII (3), July-Sept. 2001, pp.289-297.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Militant Islam: Cause and Effect` in War and Peace in Islam (Seminar Proceedings - February 2002 - Comprehensive Security Dialogue Project). Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi 2003, pp 179 -197.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Afghanistan in External Affairs: Cross - Border Relations . ( General Editor: J.N. Dixit ) New Delhi 2003 pp159 -188.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Shifting Postures of Pakistan - in Living in Peace With Pakistan As Good Neighbours . (Diwan Chand Institute of National Affairs) New Delhi, 2003, pp 65-80.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Religion as an Instrument of Politics and Policy: Interstate Dimensions and Regional Stability - Published in the proceedings of the International Conference on "Politics and Security in South Asia: Salience of Religion and Culture"(BIISS, Dhaka, October 08 -10, 2002).
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">Islam and Governance (The Khuda Bakhsh Lecture, 2003) in Khuda Bakhsh Library Journal - No. 131, January-March, 2003, pp 1-18.
  • < style="font-size: small">< style="font-size: small">America and the Traditional Muslim States - Paper to be published in the proceedings of the Seminar on "America and the Muslim World" organized by the Centre for American and West European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, April 24, 2003)
  • < style="font-size: small">The Problem of Palestine: Diplomacy and its Limitations (Academy of Third World Studies Monograph No. 8, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2003).

< style="font-size: small">October, 2003

< style="font-size: small">B Raman Mr. B. Raman is currently Director of the ORF Chennai-based Institute of Topical Studies, and Convener of the Advisory Committee of the ORF ORF Chennai Chapter. He served as Additional Secretary at the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency, and headed the counter-terrorism division at RAW from 1988 until his retirement in August 1994. Mr. Raman has a BSc from Loyola College (ORF Chennai), and worked briefly with the Indian Express newspaper as sub-editor. He joined the Indian Police Service in 1961, serving in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. He moved to the Government of India in 1967 as an intelligence analyst in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He joined the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, in 1968. Since his retirement, Mr. Raman has served as Member on the National Security Advisory Board (2000-2002), and on the Government of India’s Special Task Force on Revamping the Intelligence Apparatus (2000). He writes regularly for journals such as Indian Defence Review and for the internet edition of Outlook, and rediff.com  His articles are available at < style="color: #0000ff;font-size: small">www.saag.org < style="font-size: small">  He is a frequent commentator on Indian TV news channels. He has written two books: Intelligence: Past, Present and Future, and A Terrorist State as a Frontline Ally , both published by Lancer Publications, New Delhi. He is a member of Working Group on Terrorism and Trans-national Crime of the Council on Security Cooperation Asia-Pacific (CSCAP). He has delivered lectures on the challenge and response to terrorism at a number of institutions, including University of California at Los Angeles, Rice University (Houston), Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (Singapore), Atlanta University, and Boston University. On October 29, 2003, he testified before the Sub-Committees on Asia and the Pacific and International Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Human Rights of the House Committee on International Relations on the cross-border challenges facing India and their implications for the US. < style="font-size: small">Vice Admiral K K Nayyar Vice Admiral Nayyar, former Vice Chief of the Indian Navy has the rare distinction of having commanded both the Western and Eastern fleets of the Indian Navy. He also served as Commander-m-Chief, South. He has been closely connected with planning the growth of the modern Indian Navy, having served as Director Naval Plans and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Policy and Plans. Admiral Nayyar is an internationally renowned expert on global security affairs and strategic economic and energy supply issues. Post retirement Admiral Nayyar was a member of the government Committee on Defense Expenditure. He also chaired the panel set up by 11th Finance Commission to recommend defense expenditure for the period 2000-2005. Recently Admiral Nayyar was Chairman of a task force set up to recommend procedure for streamlining defense procurement. He is a member of the National Security Advisory Board. Admiral Nayyar has been a visiting distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation and also The US Global Strategy Council. Currently he is President, Observer Research Foundation and the Chairman of the Forum for Strategic and Security Studies, a New Delhi based think-tank dealing with national and international security issues. He has lectured extensively in India, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, and the Asia-Pacific. Admiral Nayyar has been on the Board of Directors of ’Scindia Steamship Limited’. At present he is a Director of ’Ballarpur Industries Limited’. < style="font-size: small">Satinder K Lambah Satinder K Lambah was born in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) on July 16, 1941. He holds a Masters in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1964. Over a diplomatic career ning more than three decades of experience of working in several Indian mission across the globe, Satinder K Lambah has also held the important posts of Ambassador of India in Hungary (1986-89); High Commissioner of India to Pakistan (1992-95); earlier from 1978-82 he was also Deputy Chief of the Indian Embassy in Pakistan; Ambassador of India to Germany (1995-98); Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation (1998-2001). He was Deputy Secretary General of the 7th Non Aligned Summit held in Delhi in 1983 and later Coordinator of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in India. After retirement from the India Foreign Service in August 2001, he chaired a Committee which submitted a report on the Reorganisation of the Ministry of External Affairs and India’s Missions Abroad. From November 2001 - July 2002, he was appointed as India’s special envoy for Afghanistan. During his tenure as Consul General of India in San Francisco (1989-91) he was conferred a "Trustees’ Citation" by the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 for his initiating, coordinating and spearheading the campaign which generated over US$ 2 million in a short of four months for Indian Studies, resulting in the creation of two Chairs of India Studies, a bi-annual lecture by a distinguished scholar from India and an annual scholarship at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley. < style="font-size: small">Ambassador Naresh Chandra Ambassador Naresh Chandra, a career civil servant, has had a long innings in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), dating from May 1956. He has enjoyed the unique distinction of serving in different capacities, ranging from that of the Chief Secretary in the State of Rajasthan; Commonwealth Secretariat Adviser on Export Industrialization and Policy in Colombo from May 1981 to May 1984; Adviser to Governor of Jammu & Kashmir in 1986; and successively Secretary to the crucial Ministries of Water Resources, Defense, Interior and Justice from 1987 to 1990 in the Federal Indian Government. He achieved the acme of his career, when in December 1990 he became Cabinet Secretary, the highest post in the entire Indian Civil Service. He retired from that position in July 1992. He was also a Member of the Indian Space Commission and the Indian Atomic Energy Commission from 1990 to 1992. In August 1992, he was appointed a Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of India. He was subsequently appointed as the Governor of the State of Gujarat. He was Ambassador of India to the United States from 1996 to 2001. In July 2003, he was appointed to head a Committee to prepare a roadmap for the Indian Civil Aviation sector. Ambassador Chandra’s long official association with the United States s more than three decades, beginning with his first visit to this country in 1963-64. He has been the Indian Co-chairman of the US-India Technology Group, and Member of the Indo-US Economic Sub-Commission, which lent him valuable insight into the broad range of Indo-US relations. Following the economic liberalization program in India, he led the first official delegation to the US in 1992 to promote US investments in India. He has been deeply involved in several important conferences organized subsequently in the US by business development groups. Ambassador Chandra is a post-graduate Mathematics alumnus of the prestigious Allahabad University, where he also had a brief stint at teaching. < style="font-size: small">General (Retd) Ved Prakash Malik Gen. (retd.) V.P. Malik is a former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army and is the President of the ORF Institute of Security Studies. He led India to victory in the Kargil war with Pakistan in 1999. Gen. Malik was Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee from January 1, 1998 to September 30, 2000. Earlier, on October 1, 1997, he took charge as the Army Chief. He was commissioned in the Indian Army on June 7, 1959. Gen. Malik earned a Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University in 1988. He has been a recipient of numerous awards, honours and distinctions, including the Ati Vishishta Seva Medal (AVSM), 1986, Param Vishishta Seva medal (PVSM), 1996, Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors, 1999, and Excellence in Leadership, Atur Foundation, Pune, 2000, and Pride of the Nation, also in 2000. He is presently a member of the National Security Advisory Board. He is also member of the Centre for Policy Research, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and the United Services Institution of India. He writes frequently on national security issues, especially about interaction between nuclear and conventional deterrence in the India-Pakistan context. He is a frequent commentator on Indian TV, and participates regularly in conference and seminars.
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