Meet Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the new Indian Ambassador to USA

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is the new Indian Ambassador to United States. He succeeded Nirupama Rao.  Dr.  Jaishankar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, IFS and Ambassador to United States

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, IFS and Ambassador to United States

He was Third and Second Secretary (Political) at Embassy of India, Moscow from 1979 to 1981.  From 1981 to 1985, he was Under Secretary (Americas) and Policy Planning in the Ministry of External Affairs.

From 1985 to 1988, he served as First Secretary handling Political Affairs in the Embassy in Washington. Thereafter, from 1988 to 1990, he was First Secretary and Political Advisor to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka.

From 1990 to 1993 he served as Counsellor (Commercial) in Budapest. He returned to headquarters and served as Director (East Europe).

He was the Press Secretary of the President of India from 1994-1995.

He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo from 1996 to 2000.

In the year 2000, he was appointed the Ambassador of India to Czech Republic and served in Prague till 2004.

He came back to headquarters to head the Americas Division in the Ministry from 2004 to 2007.

He was the High Commissioner of India to Singapore from 2007 to 2009.

He was the Ambassador of India to China from 2009 to 2013.  He joined as Ambassador of India to the United States on 23rd December 2013.

Dr. Jaishankar holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in International Relations and a M.A. in Political Science.  He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.

Jaishankar was born in New Delhi.  His father K. Subrahmanyam was a strategic affairs analyst, commentator, and civil servant.

He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi, and has an M.A. in Political Science and an M.Phil. and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he specialised in nuclear diplomacy.

He is married to Kyoko Jaishankar and has two sons and a daughter.