Kishan Rana and Robert Kaplan discuss the issues that plague India's relationships with neighbors such as Pakistan and China.
India and Pakistan have long had strained relations, and while trade has eased some of the tension conflicts persist.
China is one of India's most important trading partners, and while they share many common interests, the nature of trade has sustained conflicts between them.
Robert D. Kaplan is a correspondent for The Atlantic, where he has reported for the magazine from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington.
His books include Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground; Imperial Grunts; Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus; The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War; An Empire Wilderness: Travels Into America's Future; The Ends of the Earth; The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite; and Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, all of which grew out of Atlantic articles.
He has been writing as a foreign correspondent for more than twenty years.
Satinder K. Lambah
Ambassador Satinder K Lambah is currently the Special Envoy in the Office of the Prime Minister of India. Lambah has also held the important posts of Ambassador of India to Hungary (1986-89); High Commissioner of India to Pakistan (1992-95); Ambassador of India to Germany (1995-98); Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation (1998-2001).
He was Deputy Secretary General of the 7th Non-Aligned Summit held in Delhi in 1983, and was later Coordinator of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in India.
After retiring from the India Foreign Service in August 2001, he chaired a Committee on the Reorganization of the Ministry of External Affairs and India's Missions Abroad.
From November 2001 to July 2002, he was India's special envoy to Afghanistan. During 2004-05 he was the Convener of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) for the Government of India.
Kishan Rana is a public policy scholar of the Asia Program at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His project is a study of the Asian diplomatic process that examines the diplomatic structures, methods, and styles of China, Japan, India, Singapore, and Thailand.
He is also a senior fellow of DiploFoundation. He also is a professor emeritus of the Foreign Service Institute of New Delhi. He served for many years in the Indian diplomatic corps; his previous positions include Ambassador/High Commissioner to Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, Germany, and consul-general in San Francisco.