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A New Silk Road

With Neil Padukone

Friday, January 30, 2015
6:15 PM–7:00 PM

Author Neil Padukone in conversation with Frank Wisner, (Ambassador to India 1994-97) to reflect on how India is helping to reconstruct a “New Silk Road” to economically reintegrate the subcontinent, and make peace with Pakistan in the process.

The routes of the ancient Silk Road historically united the Indian subcontinent with the rest of Asia, enabling an exchange of art, philosophy, goods, and culture. Beyond South Asia explores how today, after decades of deadlock and violence in the region, India is helping to reconstruct those routes through a “˜New Silk Road,’ economically reintegrating the subcontinent once again—and making peace with Pakistan in the process. Join author Neil Padukone and Ambassador Frank Wisner as they discusses the burgeoning trade network across South, Central, and East Asia as featured in Neil’s new book Beyond South Asia: India’s Strategic Evolution and the Reinvention of the Subcontinent.

The author will sign books after the presentation on the 6th Floor Gallery.

Beyond South Asia is an amazing tour de force—an education for those who need to bone up on India, as well as for the specialist.” – Paul Wallace, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

About the Speakers

Neil Padukone is a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His work has been published in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The National Interest, the Economic and Political Weekly, and Newsweek, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the George Washington University, and Stuyvesant High School.

Frank G. Wisner served as US Ambassador to Zambia (1979″“82); Egypt (1986″“91), the Philippines (1991″“92), and India, 1994″“97. He serves as a Director of Refugees International and AIG Property Casualty Inc; as a Trustee of Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and as a Director of The U.S.-India Business Council.


Tickets are limited in availability, and will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:45 p.m. Limit two tickets per person.

Admission to the museum’s galleries is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.