November 9, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan, former representative of India to the United Nations and to the United States as well as former governor for India and vice-chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will speak at James Madison University on “India and the U.S.: The New Strategic Relationship” on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in HHS 2301. The event is free and open to the public and qualifies as a Wellness Passport event for JMU students.

Ambassador Sreenivasan retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 2004 after nearly four decades years of diplomatic experience in crucial appointments around the globe since beginning his career in 1967, including tours of duty as acting head of mission in Myamar during the time of that regime’s isolationism (1983-1986), ambassador in Fiji during the military overthrow of the democratically-elected government (1986-1989), and head of the Indian Foreign Ministry’s international organizations division during negotiations over the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Rio Summit (1989-1992). He served as Indian ambassador at the United Nations in New York (1992-1995) and in Nairobi (1995-1997).

During the crisis in relations between India and the U.S. over nuclear tests, he was posted as ambassador in Washington (1997-2000), where he worked to build the basis for the new relationship between the two countries and was a convener of what became the Community of Democracies (1999-2000). Ambassador Sreenivasan was subsequently posted as ambassador to Austria and permanent representative of India to the UN bodies in Vienna (2000-2004), including the IAEA where he served as governor for India and was elected by his peers as vice-chair of the working group where most of the agency’s business is transacted.

“We are very honored and pleased that a distinguished statesman like Ambassador Sreenivasan will be speaking at JMU,” said Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute. “While the original topic we agreed upon is the developing U.S.-Indian strategic partnership that he helped lay the groundwork for, I am certain that given current events he will also comment on international atomic issues and nonproliferation from his expert perspective.”

Ambassador Sreenivasan’s presentation is part of the Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by JMU’s Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs and is co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs with additional support from the Office of the Special Assistant to the President.

In addition to his public lecture, Ambassador Sreenivasan will lead a Nelson Institute roundtable discussion with JMU faculty.