Category Archives: Outreach Talks

Summit of Heads of India-Russia Think-Tanks

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), September 22-23, 2016

Professor Baldev Raj and Dr. M. Mayilvaganan

Professor Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS and Dr. M. Mayilvaganan Assistant Professor, NIAS attended first ever Heads of India-Russia Think-Tanks’ summit hosted by Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in association with Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India on September 22-23, 2016 in Moscow. The summit provided an opportunity in the dialogue between Indian and Russian strategic and policy making circles so as to further enhance India-Russia friendship and improve mutual understanding.

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Illegal Migration as a Security Threat: Emerging Trends and Responses

Conference on Emerging Trends in Non-Traditional Security: Threats and Responses, Christ University, Bengaluru, September 2-3, 2016

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Christ Univ LogoAbstract of Lecture/Presentation: Illegal migration is a global phenomenon. Socio-economic and environmental problems plays an important part in the movement of people globally by unlawful means. This phenomenon pose serious challenges to the survival and well being of the people and State as it does not recognize borders. It has been estimated that at the end of the 20th century some 150 million people were living outside the country of their birth. Notably, as per Census 2001 the data on migration in India shows that the total number of migrants has been 314 million. Out of these, Bangladeshi migrants who form around 5-20 million are considered to be the largest one from outside country category.

Massive illegal migration from neighbourhood has not only posed a grave danger to national security, but also to social harmony and economic well being. The political and communal tensions in North East India and skirmish in the Indo-Bangladesh border are few cases in point. It is therefore necessitates rethinking on security agendas, finding new and innovative ways to address the emerging security challenges. Especially, given that due to sea-level rise, millions of people from Bangladesh, Maldives and other countries are expected to flee to India in the future. More importantly, it is essential to examine how this phenomenon—illegal migration—(re)shaping the institutional architecture in the region. The talk focus on the emerging trends and their impact on various issues such as economic, demographic and security including border management; response of government and some possible intervention to address the issue. 

National Security Reform

National Police Academy, Hyderabad, September 2, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Dr. Arun Vishwanathan spoke to senior civil and police officers at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad on the issue of National Security Reform. The lecture was part of the Senior Officers Course on “National Security” which was held between August 29-September 2, 2016. The Lecture touched up the need for a National Security Strategy, Need for Institutionalized Coordination and Follow-up mechanism, Reforms in Intelligence Agencies and Higher Defence Organisation. 

Indo-Japan Maritime Security Cooperation in a Changing Environment

Young Scholar’s Forum 2016, Japan Foundation and ICRIER, India Habitat Center, August 19, 2016

Prakash Panneerselvam, Post Doctoral Associate, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Dr. Panneerselvam spoke at the Young Scholars’ Forum 2016 organised by The Japan Foundation and ICRIER. The panel was chaired by Professor G.V.C Naidu, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Abstract of Talk: The changing security environment in Indo-pacific region demands a strong bilateral and multilateral security cooperation between like minded countries. The paper discusses India-Japan shared interest in the Indo-pacific region and growing maritime security cooperation to deter security threats in the region. 

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India’s Relations with its Near-Abroad

Asia Center, IAS Officers’ Association, Bangalore, August 20, 2016

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

m-mayilvagananAbstract of Lecture: India’s security and well-being are interlinked with its immediate neighbourhood. However, India’s relations with its neighbours have never been entirely free of problems. This was perhaps inevitable as there are huge differences in every aspect – geographic, political, economic and military- between India and its neighbours with which it shares its borders.

New Delhi aspires to a major role in the world, however, for about four decades after independence had been focused on the major powers, while unresolved issues with its neighbours festered. Particularly, Kashmir issue kept New Delhi much on fire fighting – dealing – with Pakistan in the region, the US internationally, and domestically Kashmir and, in between tackling China (1962). Besides, this forced New Delhi to maintain undemanding relations with its immediate neighbours, even when some incidents affected its strategic interest. The US and later China have stepped into the breach, and has made energetic strides in economic cooperation and military relations with neighbours which India has been unable or unwilling to satisfy their aspirations. Nevertheless, India’s more energetic efforts to shape its environment occasionally too have been met with accusations of hegemonism. 

The talk focused mainly on Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as a case study. First reviewed briefly the history of India’s relations with these neighbours, identified shortcomings in policy, if any, and particularly, looked into the manner in which the BJP-led NDA coalition government and later UPA government has conducted foreign policy with its neighbours with reference to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from 1998 to 2014. Finally, reviewed recent developments under the current NDA government and discussed the way ahead for improving relations with neighbour. And, in doing so, the aim was to examine whether there is much change in India’s approach today than earlier.

Creating a Rare Earth Industry in India

Indo-French Workshop, “Challenges in the Processing and Recycling of Rare-Earth (CIPRE)”, Pune, July 19-21, 2016

Lalitha Sundaresan, Visiting Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies 

Professor Lalitha Sundaresan was invited to deliver a talk at the Indo-French Workshop, “Challenges in the Processing and Recycling of Rare-earth (CIPRE)”, organized at Pune from July 19-21, 2016, under the aegis of CEFIPRA (Indo French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research). This workshop was organized to strengthen and consolidate Rare Earth research and development in our country. The workshop focus on rare earths separation technologies (primarily solvent extraction), Recycling and Strategy and Road Map. The event was jointly organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule (ICSM) France, Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) and CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur. The Abstract was co-authored by Prof Lalitha Sundaresan and Prof. S. Chandrashekar.

Abstract of Talk: India has significant rare earth resources and yet does not figure in the global rare earth value chain. In the global rare earth industry life cycle India continues to remain in the early incubation R&D phase. There are many rare earth based products that could be manufactured in India. Technologies for manufacturing rare earth permanent magnets that are used commercially and also find use in the defense sectors are already available. This talk will focus on the critical RE intermediate products that India should manufacture and emphasises the need for developing an RE industry eco-system in the country.

Harnessing S & T: The Political-Economies of Technology and the Sciences in India’s Policymaking

Society for Policy Studies-India Habitat Center Changing Asia Series, New Delhi, July 18, 2016

V. Siddhartha, Adjunct Faculty, National Institute of Advanced Studies

As part of the Changing Asia Series, the Society for Policy Studies (SPS) in association with the India Habitat Centre (IHC) organized a public lecture on ” Harnessing S&T: The Political-Economies of Technology and the Sciences in India’s Policymaking”, on July 18, 2016. Led by Dr. V. Siddhartha, the emphasis of this lecture was to highlight the nuances of both, science in Indian policy (both foreign and domestic) and policies on science in India per se, with specific focus on those aspects that have been missing from the conversations on Science and Technology (S &T) in India. One of the principal curators of India’s scientific landscape in the last two decades, the speaker opened the lecture by highlighting the intricate association that exists between S & T and the social and economic advancement of India.

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KAS-Chatham House Workshop on Resources, Sovereignty and Geopolitics

KAS-Chatam House Workshop, Hong Kong, May 26-27, 2016

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Dr. M. Mayilvaganan participated in the KAS-Chatham House International Workshop on “Resources, Sovereignty and Geopolitics” on May 26 – 27, 2016, Hong Kong. In addition to being a discussant in the workshop that dealt with issues like South China Sea, Natural Resources and Non-Traditional Security Challenges, Dr. Mayil also chaired a session on “Natural Resources – Regional Integration and Geopolitical Shifts” where Chatham House Senior Fellow Dr. Tim Summers and Research Associate Ms. Sian Bradley presented their papers. This Interdisciplinary Workshop exchanged ideas about the causes of intergovernmental tensions concerning the access to natural resources in Asia. The focus was on developing concepts for a more efficient cooperation and the prevention of conflicts.

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Nuclear Stability at Low Numbers: The South Asian Challenge

Cornell University, Washington DC, May 3, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Cornell_University_7508474Dr. Arun Vishwanathan made a presentation on “Complex Deterrence” at the Cornell University’s Workshop on “Nuclear Stability at Low Numbers: The South Asian Challenge” held on May 2-3, 2016 at the Cosmos Club, Washington DC. For the workshop program click here.

The presentation dwelt on Chinese and Pakistani thinking about nuclear weapons and the challenges for deterrence in the region in light of expanding capabilities and acquisition of advanced weapon systems.

Special Lectures by Dr. Mayilvaganan at Pondicherry University

Department of Politics and International Studies, Pondicherry University, March 23, 2016

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

pondiuni_logoDr. M. Mayilvaganan is invited to deliver a Special Lectures at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Pondicherry University on March 23, 2016.

The topic for the first lecture is “Soldiers and Democrat: Where Does Myanmar Stand Today? This will be followed by another lecture on “India and the Changing Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region.”

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