Shashi Tharoor to Give Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on “India and China: Competition, Co-operation, Conflict?”

February 9, 2009. New Haven, CT — Shashi Tharoor, Chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, will be the speaker at the 16th CocaCola World Fund at Yale Lecture on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. His talk, entitled “India and China: Competition, Co-operation, Conflict?” will be held at 4pm at Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven. The lecture, sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, the Yale Law School, and the Yale School of Management, is free and open to the public.

Shashi Tharoor was the official candidate of India for the succession to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006. His career began in 1978, when he joined the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, and included key responsibilities in peace-keeping after the Cold War and as a senior adviser to the Secretary-General, as well as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

Tharoor is also the award-winning author of nine books, as well as hundreds of articles, op-eds and book reviews in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek and The Times of India. He has served for two years as a Contributing Editor and occasional columnist for Newsweek International. Since April 2001, he has authored a fortnightly column in The Hindu and since January 2007 in The Times of India.

The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale was established in 1992 to support endeavors among specialists in the intersection between international relations, international law, and the management of international enterprises and organizations. Previous lecturers have included Michael Doyle, Samantha Power, Nicholas Kristof, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Senator Sam Nunn, Tom Friedman, Senator Gary Hart, Sadako Ogata, and Mary Robinson.

Contact Information:

Marilyn Wilkes

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

(203) 432-3413