Shivshankar Menon is visiting faculty of international relations and Chair of the Ashoka Centre for Chinese Studies. He serves as chair of the advisory board of the Institute of China Studies, New Delhi. He was previously the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Between 2006 and 2009, Shivshankar was the Foreign Secretary of India. He has also served as the Indian Ambassador to China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Israel.
In 2016, he published Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy, and in 2021 “India and Asian Geopolitics; The Past, Present.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (formerly Brookings India), and a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore. Shivshankar is a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York.
He has also been a Fisher Family Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard University. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ by Foreign Policy.
Shivshankar completed a master’s degree from St Stephens College, University of Delhi.