Over the next two weeks the Lowy Institute is hosting its 2015 Distinguished International Fellow, Shyam Saran, a former head of India's foerign ministry and prime ministerial envoy for climate change. Saran also played a pivotal role in the landmark US-India civil nuclear agreement, and these days writes regular columns for one of India's most respected newspapers, Business Standard.

Tomorrow Saran delivers the annual Owen Harries Lecture, previously given by US foreign policy luminaries Kurt Campbell and Stephen Hadley. In the speech, Saran takes a big-picture look at India's place in the world, and in the interview we conducted this morning, he talks about some of those themes. We also address the India-China relationship, and the state of New Delhi's relations with Canberra.