May 1: U.S.-India relations
Ambassador, Sen. Coons to lead discussion on U.S.-India relations
11:40 a.m., April 24, 2012--University of Delaware students, faculty and staff are invited to join Nirupama Rao, India's ambassador to the United States, and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons for an on-campus discussion of U.S.-India relations on Tuesday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theatre.
Rao joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973 after completing a master’s degree in English literature. In a diplomatic career spanning over three decades, she has worked in Washington, D.C., Beijing and Moscow and previously served as ambassador to Peru, Bolivia, Sri Lanka and China, and as India’s foreign secretary, the highest office in the Indian Foreign Service.
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Among her extensive diplomatic experience, Rao was the minister for press and cultural affairs at the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1995. In the late 1990s, she served in Moscow as deputy chief of mission at her country’s embassy.
After serving as India’s first woman ambassador to China from 2006 to 2009, she was appointed India’s Foreign Secretary, and two years later, as ambassador of India to the United States.
A longtime Delaware resident, Coons was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and serves on four Congressional committees, including Budget, Energy and Natural Resources, Judiciary, and Foreign Relations. He is the only freshman to serve as a subcommittee chair, leading the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.
Previously, Coons held positions in New Castle County government and worked as an attorney for W.L. Gore and Associates.