M.K. Bhadrakumar
Retired Ambassador; Columnist for Hindu and Deccan Herald Indian newspapers, Rediff.com, Asia Times and Strategic Culture Foundation, Moscow

Previous positions: career diplomat for 30 years in the Indian Foreign Service: served in the Indian Embassy in Moscow (1975-1977; 1987-1998); Under Secretary (1977-1979), Joint Secretary (1992-1995), Director (1989-1991), Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan Division & Kashmir Unit, Foreign Ministry; held posts in the Indian Missions in Bonn, Colombo, Seoul; Charge d’Affaires, Indian embassies in Kuwait and Kabul; Acting/Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad; Ambassador to Turkey and Uzbekistan.

Research interests: Indian foreign policy, Russian-Indian relations, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, energy security, Asia-Pacific and Middle East. Author of numerous publications in India and abroad on Russia, Central Asia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Middle East as well as on energy issues and regional security.