Rajiv Bhatia

Rajiv Bhatia

Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies

Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia is a Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme at Gateway House. As Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) from 2012-15, he played a key role in strengthening India's Track-II research and outreach activities. During a 37-year innings in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), he served as Ambassador to Myanmar and Mexico and as High Commissioner to Kenya and South Africa. He dealt with a part of South Asia, while posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. A prolific columnist, he also delivers lectures on foreign policy issues in India and abroad. He was Senior Visiting Research Fellow during 2011-13 at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. He holds a Masters degree in political science from Allahabad University. His book India-Myanmar Relations: Changing contours (Routledge) has received critical acclaim.

Myanmar, East Asia, South Asia, Indian Ocean, Africa, Regional Groupings, Indian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

Last modified: August 23, 2017

Recent projects

BRICS_leaders_meet_on_the_sidelines_of_2016_G20_Summit_in_China (1) Courtesy: Narendra Modi/ Flickr
12 August 2017 Gateway House

BRICS Summit under Doklam shadow

BRICS, which has always been committed to enhancing solidarity, is now entering its second decade – even as tensions between its two most consequential members remain unresolved and member states and other emerging markets are set to serve as “the main engine” of global growth

India Vietnam relations Courtesy: Narendra Modi Official/ Flickr
24 July 2017 Gateway House

India, Vietnam tied by strategic trust

Vietnam has the highest level of bilateral relationship—or ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’—with three countries: China, Russia and India. It envisages a much more active role in the region for India, but many factors mar such a development currently
Ambassador's Views
Opening Remarks for Reinforcing India’s Development Cooperation with Africa
14 July 2017

Opening Remarks for Reinforcing India’s Development Cooperation with Africa

Remarks by Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House,  as Chair of Session on “Reinforcing India’s Development Cooperation with Africa” at the 12th CII-Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership New Delhi, 10 March 2017 Distinguished Ministers, panelists, Delegates, Ladies Read more

Speeches & Statements
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13 July 2017 Gateway House

Remarks from Delhi Dialogue 9

This speech was delivered by Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House, at the Delhi Dialogue 9, for the session on Regional Geopolitics: Great Power Politics in Asia -Pacific in Delhi on 4 July

Speeches & Statements
IMG_1695 Courtesy: Gateway House
13 July 2017 Gateway House

Emerging Horizons in India-Vietnam Relations

The following speech was delivered at the Inaugural Session of the International Conference on Emerging Horizons in India-Vietnam Relations, in Delhi, on 3 July. Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House chaired this session.
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11 July 2017 Gateway House

Three trends to India’s Africa approach

India seems to have departed from catch-all, overarching initiatives in Africa to rather more nuanced ways of making its contribution felt, such as helping fashion G20’s ‘Compact with Africa’. Many countries are also keen to avail of Indian companies’ knowledge and experience of investing in Africa and the presence of the large diaspora—and such trilateral cooperation is to be welcomed