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  • Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy

    Director General
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    Sujan R. Chinoy is the Director General of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, since 3 January 2019. A career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service from 1981-2018, he was India’s Ambassador to Japan and the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 2015-2018, and earlier, the Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Belize.

    A specialist with over 25 years of experience on China, East Asia and the Asia-Pacific, he served in Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing and as Consul General in Shanghai and Sydney. He also served as India’s representative to the First Committee at the United Nations in New York dealing with Disarmament & International Security Affairs  and in the Indian Mission in Riyadh. At Headquarters, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he served as Director (China) as well as Head of the Expert Group of Diplomatic & Military Officials tasked with CBMs and boundary-related issues with China.  He also served on the Americas Desk dealing with the USA and Canada, and as Officer on Special Duty in charge of press relations in the External Publicity Division. On deputation for four years with the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office, he worked on internal and external national security policy and anchored strategic dialogues with key interlocutors around the world.

    He is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and conversant in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu and French-Creole. He also speaks Hindi and Gujarati. His long career includes extensive involvement in economic issues. He has contributed to Indian newspapers and journals, besides lecturing at numerous Govt. Institutions, think-tanks and universities in India and overseas.

    He schooled at the Rajkumar College (Rajkot), read English Literature at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat, and gained his Master of Business Administration from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. He has an advanced Diploma in Chinese (Mandarin) from the New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He was an Exchange Student at the Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka in 1978

    Addresses / Remarks

    Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy at Webinar hosted by the Embassy of India in Mexico on India-Mexico Relations
    National Security (Defence & Security Challenges posed by China and Pakistan)
    Welcome Remarks by Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy | 4th West Asia Conference
    Opening Remarks by Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy | 12th South Asia Conference

    Select Publications

    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘A tale of American gullibility & Pakistani deceit: Why US keeps supplying military equipment to Islamabad despite its misuse against India’ has been published in ‘The Times of India’, on 15 September 2022.

      Amb Chinoy discusses the recent US decision to provide sustenance support package for Pakistan's F16 fleet in the article.

      September 15, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s Op-Ed piece on the just concluded India-Japan 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, titled ‘Indo-Japan ministerial dialogue points to deepening of strategic and defence partnership’, was published in the Indian Express on 12 September 2022.

      The spurt in ties is also attributable to the long-term vision shared by the leaders on both sides. India’s emergence as the fifth-largest as well as the fastest-growing economy in the world will definitely ensure a further quantum leap in strategic ties with Japan, writes Amb Chinoy.

      September 12, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘A Brush With British Royalty: Queen Elizabeth II and The Unique Protocol of Addressing Her’ was published by News18 on 10 September 2022.

      Queen Elizabeth was called ‘Your Majesty’ the first time. Thereafter, she was addressed as ‘Ma’am’, but definitely not ‘Madam’, writes Amb Chinoy.

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      September 10, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy paid tribute to Japan’s former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe in the article ‘Why Shinzo Abe will always remain special for India’, published in ‘The Economic Times’, on 9 July 2022.

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      July 09, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘Afghanistan at Crossroads’ has been published in Volume 1, Issue 2 of the March 2022 edition of Chanakya National Security Journal of India, published jointly by the Rashtriya Rakhsha University and Chanakya Centre for Strategic Studies.

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      June 30, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s opinion piece ‘Agnipath is a pivotal reform for India’s youth’, has been published in Hindustan Times, on 19 June 2022.

      The scheme envisages the role of Agniveers as the backbone of combat units, paving the way for a combat-effective force, while also prioritising the resettlement of demobilised Agniveers, says Amb Chinoy.

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      June 19, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘A reform called Agnipath’ has been published in ‘The Indian Express’ on 14 June 2022.

      One of the big advantages of the Agnipath scheme is that it will open up myriad opportunities for the youth and boost civil-military fusion, with demobilised youth becoming worthy representatives of the best regimental traditions of the armed forces, says Amb Chinoy.

      June 14, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, MP-IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘Post-Quad, the opportunities for India in the region’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 26 May 2022.

      The present moment offers a significant opportunity to ramp up its trade and economic engagements, says Amb Chinoy.

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      May 26, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Director General, MP-IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘Modi@8: How India navigated a complex geostrategic landscape in trying times’ has been published in ‘First Post’ on 25 May 2022.

      As Narendra Modi completes eight years as Prime Minister, India is no longer a bystander but an active player on the global stage, says Amb Chinoy.

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      May 25, 2022
      IDSA News
    • This year, Bangladesh is celebrating 50 years of the War of Liberation. The struggle for freedom, which started soon after the creation of Pakistan in 1947, culminated in signing the Instrument of Surrender on 16 December 1971. On that fateful day, Pakistan’s Gen. A.A.K. Niazi, along with 93,000 Pakistani forces, publicly surrendered to the joint forces or the Mitra Bahini that comprised the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini. It was the largest military surrender after World War II. Bangladesh was born as an independent nation-state and reclaimed its identity.

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