Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues Thursday, February 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. Experts will explore India’s economic evolution, domestic politics, and foreign policy in relation to the U.S., China and more. Guests will take questions from both in-person and online audiences. A reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. featuring appetizers provided by the event sponsor, Taste of India.

About the speaker

Brahma ChellaneyBrahma Chellaney is Professor Emeritus of strategic studies at New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research. A specialist in international security and arms control issues, Professor Chellaney has held appointments at Harvard, the Brookings Institution, the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and the Australian National University.

He is the author of nine books, and has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India. Until January 2000, he was an advisor to India’s National Security Council, serving as convener of the External Security Group of the National Security Advisory Board.

Professor Chellaney is a frequent contributor to public conversation about international security on television and in print. He writes opinion pieces for the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Japan Times, Mint, the Economic Times, and the Times of India. Professor Chellaney has a PhD in international studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He will connect with IAF from New Delhi.

About the moderator

Claudio LilienfeldClaudio Lilienfeld is a senior foreign policy and corporate diplomacy professional with experience in life sciences, global health, information technology, trade, and national security. His career experiences include twenty years overseeing work in Asia, with particular focus on India, spanning U.S. government national security and trade policy and the private sector (both in-house and as a consultant).

During his 20 years in the U.S. government, he served as the Deputy Assistant and Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia from 2006 to 2010, leading trade negotiations with India and the region. Prior to that, he led South Asia policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1999 to 2006, including leading the defense department’s catalytic work building a new and transformed strategic and security relationship with India. Mr. Lilienfeld currently is a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society serving as Co-Chair of the Project on Voluntary Licensing and Access to Medicines.

For this hybrid event, Mr. Lilienfeld will be in person at Milliken Auditorium while Prof. Chellaney will connect from New Delhi via Zoom. This in-person event will be available to livestream. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

All IAF regular season events are open to the public. In-person tickets are required and available for purchase at or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person. Current students and educators receive free in-person admission.

For in-person tickets, livestream registration, and all event details, visit


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