Dr. Harinder Sekhon was a Consultant (June 2019 - July 209) at the Vivekananda International Foundation. She was also Senior Fellow at the VIF from October 2014 - June 2019. She has over three decades of research, writing and teaching experience on various aspects of Indo-US relations, US policy and strategy in Asia and regional security challenges in South and East Asia.From 2004 till 2013, she was Senior Fellow, US Studies Programme at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi based Public Policy Think Tank. Before that, Dr. Sekhon worked as an Intelligence and Strategic Analyst with the National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India for two years and was engaged in data analysis and preparing assessments on strategic issues for policy implementation by the Government of India. Dr. Sekhon was Associate Professor of History at MCMDAV College for Women, Chandigarh from 1986 till 1998 and was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library from 1999 to 2001. She has authored three books: Garland Around My Neck: The Story of Puran Singh of Pingalwara, published by UBS Publishers, New Delhi in 2001, Five Decades of Indo-US Relations: Strategic and Intellectual published by UBS Publishers, New Delhi, in 2002, and India and the United States: Breakthroughs, Prospects and Challenges Ahead published by Macmillan India in 2008.
She has presented research papers at several national and international conferences and writes frequently for academic journals and several newspapers on her area of study. She appears frequently on numerous TV channels on panel discussions pertaining to her areas of specialization.
Dr. Sekhon graduated in History Honours from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and has done her MA, M Phil and PhD from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Contributions 
The United States and the COVID Challenge: it’s Impact on the 2020 Presidential Election The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the United States. In June, the US crossed the two million mark in infected cases and has reported over 117 thousand deaths. Of these, New York alone has recorded over 382,000 cases, far higher than most nat...

COVID 19 and Emerging Geo-politics A meeting of the US Experts Group at VIF comprising Director, VIF, Dr Arvind Gupta, Ambassador Arun K Singh, former Ambassador of India to the United States Former Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, Defence experts Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney, Lt Ge...

The US and the Coronavirus Crisis With over 160,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2500 deaths, the United States has emerged as the new epicentre of the corona virus pandemic sweeping across the world. Amidst global shutdowns and remain-at-home orders, the United States has seen a...

Analysing Trump’s India Visit The deep camaraderie seen between the two leaders during US President Trump’s visit to India is a testimony to the tenacity of India-US relations that continues to deepen despite challenges. Though the visit was high on pomp, pageantry and symbolis...

Tillerson Visit: Need to Tone Down the Euphoria New Delhi was euphoric over United States (US) Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s recent remarks on “defining our relationship with India for the next century” made at a Washington DC think tank on the eve of his Asia visit, a five-stop tour t...

Monographs 
Russia’s Evolving Equations with the USA and China: Implications for India Introduction This monograph seeks to understand the major shifts that are taking place in the global power structure established at the end of World War II in 1945 by examining the dynamics of the interaction between the United States (US), Russia...

Russia, Europe and The United States: Emerging Power Play "The Soviet Union ceased to exist twenty-five years ago but tensions between Russia and the West have remained high despite the end of the Cold War. The West still seems to be struggling to come to terms with the reality of a post-Soviet Russia and i...

Event Reports 
VIF Delegation in Washington Dc A delegation from the VIF comprising Director, Dr Arvind Gupta, Lt. Gen. Ravi Sawhney and Dr. Harinder Sekhon visited Washington DC from 11 to 15 Nov 2019 for the annual return meetings – a bilateral on India-US relations with the Hudson Institute ...

Outreach 
What’s next in India-U.S. relations Published in New Indian Express on 29th Feb 2020....

अपनी चिंताएं बताने का मौका Published in Hindustan Newspaper on 24th Feb 2020....

Decoding Trump-Kim summit Published in DNA on 16 June 2018....

The Trudeau visit can help energise India-Canada Relations Published in DNA on 21 February 2018. Click here to read... ...

India needs to play its cards right with China and the US Published in DNA on 13 February 2017. Click here to read... ...

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