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IFS-IDSA Seminar - India and the Great Powers: Continuity and Change

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  • November 21, 2016
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Venue: Auditorium, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

    Concept Note

    In the post-Cold War period, India is increasingly moving away from its previous non-aligned stance. China’s rise and India’s own economic growth and increased ambitions are all factors behind this changing outlook. Since taking up office in 2014, the current Modi government has showed that India is now willing to build more comprehensive relations with the great powers, which again may impact on the regional dynamic.

    The conference, India and the Great Powers, will examine India’s relations with the great powers, emphasising particularly the US, China, Russia and Japan, and analysing change and continuity under the current government. Today’s complex Sino-Indian relationship, combining economic co-operation with strategic rivalry, may be seen as an underlying factor in all of these, with the potential for wide-ranging effects.

    What are China’s strategic interests in Central and South Asia? How does India respond to China’s economic growth and increasing footprint in India’s neighborhood, both along its continental and maritime frontiers? How is China’s increased regional and global presence affecting India’s relations with great powers such as the US, Russia and Japan? Are we witnessing increased great power co-operation or great power rivalry in Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific theatre? The conference, India and the Great Powers, aims to produce new insights on India’s relations with the great powers, in light of the ongoing processes of change.


    09:00 Registration

    09:30 to 10:30AM: Inaugural Session

    Welcome Remarks by Jayant Prasad
    Keynote Address by Foreign Secretary Dr S. Jaishankar [Watch Video]
    Concluding Remarks by Jo Inge Bekkevold

    10:30 to 11:00 AM: High Tea

    11:00 AM to 13:30 PM: Session 2: India and China’s Rise

    Chair: S Kalyanraman
    Opening Remarks
    India and the Emerging Sino-Iranian Partnership by John Garver
    China’s strategic interests in India’s neighbourhood by Jo Inge Bekkevold
    Current Challenges in India-China Relations by Ashok Kantha
    India’s security policy and the China factor by Sunniva Engh
    Panel Discussion and Q&A
    Concluding Remarks

    13:25 to 14:30 Lunch

    14:30 to 16:00 PM: Session 3: India and the USA

    Chair: Sunniva Engh
    Opening Remarks
    India and the US: Beyond Non-Alignment by Harsh Pant
    India and US policy in South Asia by C. Raja Mohan
    India, the United States and the Indo-Pacific Theatre by Jayant Prasad
    Panel discussion and Q&A
    Concluding Remarks

    16:15-16:35 PM: Tea & Coffee break

    16:35 to 18:05 PM: Session 4: India, Russia and Japan

    Chair: Deputy National Security Advisor, Dr. Arvind Gupta
    Opening Remarks
    The India-Russia relationship in the 21st century by P.S. Raghavan
    India, Central Asia & the Shanghai Co-operation Organization by P. Stobdan
    India’s Japan policy: Drivers and Consequences by Rohan Mukherjee
    Panel discussion and Q&A
    Concluding Remarks

    18:20 to 18:30 PM: Final remarks by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Jayant Prasad


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