NEW YORK (TIP): Dhruva Jaishankar, the son of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, has been named Observer Research Foundation (ORF) think tank’s Director of its US Initiative.
His research has spanned issues such as India-US relations, India’s relations in Asia and the Indo-Pacific, the interaction of technology with politics, and defense and national security. From 2012 to 2016, at the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC, Dhruva managed the India Trilateral Forum — a policy dialogue involving participants from India, Europe, and the United States.
Dhruva has been a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Trilateral Commission and an IISS-SAIS Merrill Center Young Strategist. He contributes regularly to the Indian and international media on security and international affairs.
ORF began its journey in 1990 at the juncture of ideation tempered by pragmatism. During the period of India’s transition to a new engagement with the international economic order, several challenges emerged, evoking a need for an independent forum that could critically examine the problems facing the country and help develop coherent policy responses. ORF was thus formed, and brought together, for the first time, leading Indian economists and policymakers to present the agenda for India’s economic reforms.
ORF’s aim is to encourage voices from all quarters, geographies and gender, both those that fall in and those that question dominant narratives. It is this plurality of thought and voice — in a country of over a billion individuals — that ORF seeks to carry abroad, while simultaneously bringing contemporary global debates to India.