Leading Indian diplomat and commentator Shivshankar Menon to visit Australia


One of India’s most respected and influential foreign policy thinkers, Shivshankar Menon, will visit Australia in October as the Lowy Institute’s 2023 Rothschild & Co Distinguished International Fellow. Menon will travel to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra for meetings with senior officials, researchers and analysts, and participate in public events hosted by the Lowy Institute.

On Monday, 9 October Menon will deliver the 2023 Owen Harries Lecture at the Lowy Institute’s historic headquarters in Sydney. This event celebrates the legacy of Owen Harries, a renowned figure in Australian foreign policy. 

Shivshankar Menon will also appear in conversation at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday, 11 October, and will deliver a speech on India’s role as an Asian power at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne on Thursday, 12 October


About Shivshankar Menon:  Shivshankar Menon served as India's National Security Adviser from 2010 to 2014, prior to which he held the roles of Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to several key capitals, including Beijing and Islamabad. He is widely respected for his insights into global geopolitics and has worked at the highest levels of world politics, including with leaders such as Barack Obama and Xi Jinping


About the Rothschild & Co Distinguished International Fellowship: 

In 2013 the Lowy Institute established its Distinguished International Fellowship to bring an internationally recognised intellectual and policy leader to Australia to help deepen our debate on global issues. Former Fellows include Jake Sullivan, Shyam Saran and Kurt Campbell. Rothschild & Co has been the proud sponsor of the Fellowship since 2019. 


Members of the media interested in attending these events or requesting interviews with Shivshankar Menon may contact the Lowy Institute Media Team: 

Email: media@lowyinstitute.org  Phone: +61411329920