In March 2009 Shashi Tharoor gave a wide-ranging lecture at the University of Southern California on Indian public diplomacy, followed by a Q&A period.[1]  --  Tharoor, 54, was under-secretary-general of the United Nations from 2001 to 2007, and is the author of The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century (2007).  --  He was a serious candidate for the post of secretary-general of the United Nations in 2006.  --  Shortly after giving this lecture, Tharoor won a seat in India's parliament and is now India's minister of state for external affairs....



USC | Annenberg
March 19, 2009


On March 10, 2009, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy proudly hosted Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, as part of the Center's Distinguished Speaker Series on the Public Diplomacy of the Emerging Great Powers.  Based on his recent book The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone, Dr. Tharoor discussed India's rise to world leadership and how India represents itself to the world through public diplomacy.  Copies of The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone were made available for purchase at a reception following the event and sold out quickly.