Rajiv Bhatia

Rajiv Bhatia

Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme

Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia is a Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme at Gateway House. He is a member of CII’s two bodies: International Trade Policy Council and Africa Committee. He served as Chair of FICCI’s Core Group of Experts on BIMSTEC and continues to head its Task Force on the Blue Economy. He is a founding member of the Kalinga International Foundation.  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, who has also written a critically acclaimed book, India-Myanmar Relations: Changing Contours (Routledge), he is a frequent speaker on foreign policy issues in India and abroad. He was Senior Visiting Research Fellow during 2011-13 at the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Allahabad University.

Indo-Pacific (including SEA), Africa, South Asia, Myanmar, Blue Economy, Regional Groupings, Indian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

Last modified: December 21, 2017

Recent projects

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14 December 2017

Presentation at India-ASEAN Partnership@25

Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House gave a presentation on ‘Regional and Bilateral Co-operation’ at the Conference on India-ASEAN Partnership@25, New Delhi
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8 December 2017

Keynote on ‘ASEAN Today: Introspection and Prospects’

Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House gave the Keynote Remarks on ‘ASEAN Today: Introspection and Prospects’ at the Regional Conclave on ASEAN@50 and India-ASEAN Relations in Bengaluru
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24 November 2017

Opening Remarks at the Second International Blue Economy Dialogue, Dhaka

These are the opening remarks given by Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia at the Second International Blue Economy Dialogue, ‘Promoting Blue Economy: Making the best use of Opportunities from the Coasts, Seas and Oceans’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He discusses the economic endowment of the blue economy and the necessity to utilise its resources in a sustainable manner

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16 November 2017 Gateway House

Is dialogue in South Asia on pause?

Regional groupings in South Asia have turned out to be like diligent pupils whose report cards show performance below par. The reasons for such an impasse range from political divergences to the economic downturn and the much talked about China factor that has many implications for India
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27 October 2017 Gateway House

Building consensus for BIMSTEC

This regional grouping has to deliver on promises in collaboration with governments and corporate India so that neglected issues – from the Rohingya crisis to the scheduling of the next summit, and arriving at an agreement on the Free Trade Area – enter the national discourse
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12 October 2017

Discussing river preservation

Rivers bestow blessings and those thus blessed are duty-bound to nurture them in return – or face the catastrophes that climate change will bring