Conversations in Diplomacy: Shyam Saran
February 24, 2012
Author: Charles Hobbs
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Future of Diplomacy Project
“I have no doubt in my mind that there is a great future of India-US relations,” Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India, said in a February 2012 interview with the Future of Diplomacy Project. The Obama Administration’s ‘Pivot to Asia,’ was behind his sense of optimism, he said.
In addition to sharing his views on the development of the Indo-US relationship, Saran also touched on two major challenges that policymakers needed confront, in his view: the final status of the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Agreement, and the progression of Indian sanctions against Iran. While the two issues would take some thought and political willpower to resolve, Saran expressed approval of the progress made so far. Both parties should remember that “we should be sensitive to the types of [domestic political] constraints that democracies have to work under.”
Shyam Saran was the Foreign Secretary for the Government of India, and has served as Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Additionally, he served as India’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and was an advisor to the Prime Minister specializing in nuclear issues. In 2011, Saran was honored with the Padma Bhushan—the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India.
To watch the interview with Shyam Saran in its entirety, click on the Youtube video above.
Conversations in Diplomacy is the Future of Diplomacy Project's Podcast Series. The podcasts bring together policymakers, academics, and professionals from around the world of international relations for candid discussions of pressing topics in world affairs.
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