Ambassador Bhasin has been a Visiting Professor of International Relations & Diplomacy
at Stony Brook since 2001, and served as Chair of the Department of Asian & Asian-American
Studies from 2008 to 2014 before rejoining the Department of Political Science in
2014. He holds an M.Sc degree from Banaras Hindu University.
A career diplomat with four decades of professional experience in nine countries across
the globe, his overseas assignments included China, Malaysia, the US, Hong Kong, Nepal,
Botswana, South Africa and Denmark. He served as Ambassador in the last three countries.
At the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, India, Ambassador
Bhasin served at different times during his career in Personnel Administration, as
the Deputy/Acting Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR),
as Head of the Division handling matters pertaining to SAARC (South Asian Association
for Regional Cooperation) and as Inspector of the Foreign Service.
During his Foreign Service career, he served twice in the United States - in Washington
DC in the late 70s and early 80s, and as Consul General of India in New York in the
mid 90s . During the 1990-91 academic year he was a senior fellow at the Center for
International Affairs at Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the National
Defence College of India, New Delhi and holds an M.Phil Degree in Defense & Strategic
Some notable highlights of his professional career in the foreign service include
serving in the Peoples Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution and in South
Africa during its transition from apartheid to a multiracial society. He was an Election
Observer at South Africa’s first multiracial election (1993) that brought Nelson Mandela
to power in that country.
In the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook, Ambassador Bhasin teaches courses
on the Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary China, Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary
India, Problems of International Affairs and other courses on Diplomacy and Foreign