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Ambassador Asoke Mukerji

Ambassador Asoke Mukerji

Asoke Kumar Mukerji (born December 1955) is a former Indian diplomat and writer. He was Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from April 2013 to December 2015.

Mukerji qualified for the Indian Foreign Service, which he joined in July 1978.

His early diplomatic career took him to Belgrade and Washington DC. He became Consul General of India in Soviet Central Asia in June 1990, and helped transform India’s relations with the five newly independent countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan during the momentous period of transition following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. During March 1992 to December 1992, he was India’s first Charge d’affaires in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Mukerji is actively interested in Central Asian affairs. In July 2012, he articulated a forward-looking view on interaction with Central Asia in an address at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.

Mukerji worked as a trade negotiator in the newly formed World Trade Organization between 1995-98. He was among the first Indian officials tasked with representing India in trade disputes involving India brought before the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism. The WTO Dispute Settlement Body in its meeting on 21 October 1998 recognized his “knowledge of the WTO issues was unsurpassed” while approving his inclusion in the Indicative List of Panelists for Dispute Settlement. Mukerji’s article “Developing Countries and the WTO: Issues of Implementation” published in 2000 has been widely used in the context of the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations.

He is credited with the formation of the first private-public partnership Indian Community Welfare Committee in the United Arab Emirates during his assignment as Consul General of India in Dubai (1998-2001). This platform, under the patronage of the Government of India, brought together stakeholders from the private sector, public undertakings, and individual civil society representatives, including women social workers, to deal with issues facing Indian nationals in distress.

Mukerji was India’s Deputy Ambassador to the Russian Federation between 2001-2005. He was responsible for the implementation of projects inducting modern defence systems into the three wings of India’s armed forces during his assignment, including the T-90 main battle tank, and the Su-30MKI fighter aircraft.

As India’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2005-2007), Mukerji negotiated the acquisition of India’s first Caspian Sea oilfield stake (Satpayev) in 2005 by Indian Government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.

Between 2007-10, Mukerji was India’s Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at London, which is India’s oldest and largest diplomatic mission.

Mukerji was responsible for India’s foreign policy planning and review, participation in international organizations, border management, and cyber issues as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2010-2012. He headed the Government of India’s multi-agency counter terrorism working groups with foreign countries, including with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and co-chaired the India-EU Security Dialogue. He led Indian delegations for dialogues on cyber issues with the United States, United Kingdom, Russia and Japan between 2011-2012.

He was Chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Steering Committee that established the South Asia Forum, tasked with implementing a South Asian Economic Union by the SAARC Summit in Maldives in 2011. He has worked closely with Indian and international think-tanks on foreign policy issues related to major transitions in India’s immediate neighbourhood.

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Managing Future Conflicts: Deterrence and Conflict Prevention
VoW 2021 | | Plenary
October 10, 2021 5:30pm to 6:20pm at USI Stage

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Managing Future Conflicts: Role of World and Regional Fora
VoW 2021 | | Plenary
October 10, 2021 4:30pm to 5:10pm at USI Stage

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