Two Indian American women get key positions at US Mission to UN

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(L-R) Aditi Gorur, Sohini Chatterjee (Image Source: csis.org and stimson.org)

Biden administration named Sohini Chatterjee as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Ambassador to the United Nations and Aditi Gorur will serve as Policy Advisor at the mission.

The Biden administration named two Indian Americans experts – Sohini Chatterjee and Aditi Gorur to key diplomatic positions at the US Mission to the United Nations (UN). According to the official statement, Chatterjee is appointed as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Ambassador to the UN, and Gorur will serve as Policy Advisor at the mission.

Chatterjee is an expert on global development, conflict, and mass atrocities. She worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Chatterjee has also worked for the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). She served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Barack Obama administration.

During an interview in November with the Press Trust of India (PTI), Chatterjee stated that there could be greater cooperation between the United States and India in multilateral institutions, especially at the UN Security Council. She also said that strategic dialogue with India to battle climate change would be a great opportunity. 

In December when asked about India-US ties in 2021, Chatterjee said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi – in 2021 – should work with the Biden administration to develop a more sustainable alliance – one that will work towards countering violent extremism; boosting trade cooperation bilaterally and in the region, and battling global climate change.”

Gorur is an expert on UN peacekeeping and was a senior fellow and director of the Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program at the Stimson Center. Her research focused on prevention and response to violence against civilians, with context to peacekeeping measures. Previously, Gorur has worked at Indian Institute for Human Settlements in India, Asia Foundation, Center for Liberty in the Middle East in Washington DC, and Melbourne University Law School, Australia.

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