Former diplomat Arun Singh joins Carnegie as Senior Fellow

Fine examples of excellence of Indian diplomacy: Former Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh with Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, then Foreign Secretary of India at the launch of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Carnegie India)
on April 5, 2016, in New Delhi (Photo from Carnegie website)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, January 7, 2023

Retired Indian Foreign Service officer and former Ambassador to the United States of America Arun Kumar Singh has been appointed Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New Delhi, known as Carnegie India.

A distinguished diplomat, Mr Singh served at the External Affairs Ministry in various capacities and was India’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Israel and France.

As an officer of the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years, he played a critical role in promoting political and bilateral relations with many major powers, notably the USA and formulating diplomatic engagement with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. His expertise was useful in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11, 2001 (9/11).

Mr Singh has a postgraduate (Master’s) degree in Economics from the University of Delhi with a specialisation in Econometrics, Development Policy, Macroeconomics and Indian Economic History.

Distinguished Titles

In addition to his ambassadorial postings, Mr Singh served at the Indian Embassy in Moscow, Addis Ababa, and Tokyo and the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Office, in New York.

Among his other credentials are Halle Institute/GSI Distinguished Fellow at Emory University and Distinguished Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Asia Programme at the German Marshall Fund.

He taught courses on US Foreign Policy in South Asia and on Current Global Trends and Challenges at American University and the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Emory University and the Centre for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr Singh served as a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Ashoka University of Haryana.

About Carnegie India

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of Policy Research Centres in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

Its mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analyses and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society.

Established in 2016, Carnegie India, based in New Delhi, is a part of a robust global network with more than 150 scholars in Asia, Beirut, Brussels and Washington. The Centre focuses primarily on three interrelated programmes, namely Technology And Society, Political Economy and Security Studies. Led by Indian experts with decades of international and domestic policy experience, Carnegie India engages with governments, policymakers, academics, students, industries, practitioners, and civil society to provide an insightful and fresh analysis of India’s pressing challenges and the rising role of the country in the world.

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