Professor S.D. Muni was India’s Special Envoy to Southeast Asian countries on UN Security Council Reforms (2005-06) and served as India’s Ambassador to Lao PDR (1997-1999). In 2005, the Sri Lankan President bestowed on him ‘Sri Lanka Ratna’, the highest Sri Lankan civilian honour for a non-national. He superannuated from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2006 after 33 years of service. In the University he held the prestigious Appadorai Chair of International Relations and Area Studies. He is a member of India’s University Grants Commission’s Standing Committee on Area Studies, and a Visitor’s nominee on the faculty selection board in Social Sciences of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He was the founder Editor of Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (2005-2008), (Cambridge University Press, India) and South Asia Journal (1990-94) (Sage India). He is also affiliated with the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, and Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne, as a Fellow. He served Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, as Director of Research (2006-2007).
A founder Executive Member of the Regional Centre of Strategic Studies, Colombo, Prof. Muni was nominated to India’s first National Security Advisory Board in 1990-91. He has been an Executive member of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Prof. Muni has had visiting assignments for teaching/research in the academic institutions/universities of US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Australia, Japan and Singapore. He addressed the UN Ad hoc Committee on Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace at Socci (then USSR) in 1985.
Author and editor of about two dozen books, Professor Muni has published 125 research papers and articles in various academic journals of repute. His recent publications include China’s Strategic Engagement with the New ASEAN (Singapore, 2002); Maoist Insurgency in Nepal (New Delhi, 2003); India’s Energy Security (New Delhi, 2005); Responding to Terrorism in South Asia (New Delhi 2005); IDSA Strategic Review 2007; 2008 (New Delhi, 2007, 2008); India and China: The Next Decade (New Delhi, 2009.); India’s Foreign Policy: The Democracy Factor, (New Delhi, 2009) and The Emerging Dimension of SAARC (New Delhi, 2010).