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Nirupama Rao

Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, India

Nirupama Rao

Residency: Nov. 5-15, 2019

Public Talk

India in the Indo-Pacific World
Nov. 6, 2019
Pacific Leadership Fellow and former Indian Ambassador and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao discussed issues confronting the world’s largest democracy, India, in her lecture. India’s emergence as an Indo-Pacific power is a given in 21st century Asia. The dynamics of her relationships with China and the U.S. are crucial determinants for defining the contours of the future of the maritime world of the Indo-Pacific and the Indian Ocean.


Nirupama Rao is a former Indian foreign service officer. She retired as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, the senior most position in the Foreign Service. Rao was only the second woman to occupy the post. She was also the first woman spokesperson of the Indian foreign office and she served as India's first female ambassador to Sri Lanka and to the People's Republic of China. She served as ambassador of India to the United States from 2011 to 2013. She has also taught at Brown University and Columbia University. 

Rao was a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow and holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Pondicherry University in India. 

During her residency, she will share her perspectives on Indian foreign policy.




Nirupama Rao defines the future of Indo-Pacific relations
Nov. 22, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
A Q&A with former Indian Ambassador to the United States during her Pacific Leadership Fellowship