Category Archives: Outreach Talks

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.”

For the invite to the lecture click here

Looking East to Act East: Issues and Challenges in India’s Foreign Policy

Department of Southeast and East Asia, University of Calcutta, March 9, 2016

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

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

The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies NIAS) is co-organising a workshop on “Looking East to Act East: Issues and Challenges in India’s Foreign Policy.” The Workshop is being jointly organised by the University of Calcutta, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), and Observer Research Foundatiion (ORF) Kolkata Chapter, at the Department of Southeast and East Asia, University of Calcutta, March 9, 2016.

Dr. Mayilvaganan will be presenting a paper on the topic “India in Southeast Asia: Assessment of India’s Image and Role – A Case Study of Myanmar and Malaysia.”

Dr. Panneerselvam will be presenting a paper on the topic “Japan’s Interest and Role in Asia.”

Sea-Lane Security in Indian Ocean: The Way Forward

National Seminar on Good Order at Sea: India’s Role, February 18, 2016, UGC Centre for Maritime Studies, Pondicherry University

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

Indian Ocean is the metaphor of global economy. Accessibility to the Indian Ocean is undeniably important for the global maritime trade. Every day million gallons of crude oil, gas, other raw material and finished goods transit through Indian Ocean. Nearly, 50 percent of world trade passes through crucial straits in Indian Ocean. The emergence of China and India as major economic powerhouse in the 21st century will further intensify trade activity in the region. The number of ports in the Indian Ocean is gaining significant attention due to the quantum of goods passing through the region. Moreover, the presence of major refineries, large container terminals and dry dock facilities is making the region an economically and strategically important place in global maritime trade. This means security of Sea-Lane of Communication (SLOC) is critical for commerce, industry and security.

Sri Pendakur Virupanna Memorial Endowment Lecture: Challenges before Myanmar

Indian Institute of World Culture, February 28, 2016

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

Dr. Mayilvaganan will be delivering the Sri Pendakur Virupanna Memorial Endowment Lecture on the topic “Challenges before Myanmar.” The lecture is organised by the Indian Institute of World Culture, Bengaluru. It will be held at the Wadia Hall, Basavanagudi, Bangalore on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 6.15 PM onwards. The invitation of the lecture is appended below. 

Mayil IIWC Myanmar Talk

Contemporary Global Nuclear Scene and Challenges for India

Central University of Gujarat, February 5, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

CUGDr. Arun Vishwanathan delivered a lecture on “Contemporary Global Nuclear Scene and Challenges for India” to the M.Phil and Masters students of the School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. The lecture dwelt on the global evolution of nuclear weapons and delivery capabilities and in particular growing Chinese and Pakistani nuclear arsenal. It also discussed how new technologies and capabilities are influencing thinking about nuclear strategy and deterrence.

Visit to Myanmar

Visit to Myanmar, December 16-24, 2015

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

Suparna Banerjee, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies

The two member team comprising Dr. M. Mayilvaganan and Ms. Suparna Banerjee from International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore visited Myanmar from December 16 to 24, 2015 as part of a research study on India-Myanmar Relations. The team visited Yangon, Naypyitaw and Mandalay. During the visit the ISSSP team met government officials, officials in public enterprises, consultants, elected representatives from NLD and USDP, media personalities, academics, analysts, people from hospitality industries and Indian embassy officials among others.

The visit was an attempt to gain a comprehension of the emerging dynamics in Myanmar, transition, people’s aspiration, the image of India in Myanmar and the existing opportunities for India in scaling up its ties, investment etc. and its associated risk.

Visit to Manipur

Visit to Manipur, December 2-5, 2015

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

As part of a study on India-Myanmar relations Dr. M. Mayilvaganan, Asst. Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore visited Manipur – Imphal and Moreh – from 2 to 5 December 2015.

The following were the objectives of the visit:

  1. To gain a deeper understanding of the Northeast perspective on Myanmar and the India’s engagement with Myanmar and in particular the Manipur’s point of view;
  2. To examine the current realities in the border region and to comprehend the challenges as well as potentials in augmenting India’s ties with Myanmar.

During the course of the visit, Dr Mayilvaganan met with government officials, trade union leaders, academics, members of the media and locals, which provided a very valuable and inspirational experience in understanding the region’s linkages – ethnic, culture, social, political and economic – with Myanmar. The visit not only enabled consolidation of existing knowledge but also provided an opportunity to expand the horizons and abilities by acquiring first‐hand knowledge about the region as a whole.

Nuclear Asia: Current Dynamics and Challenges

International Conference on Asia-Pacific: 70 Years after the War, November 23, 2015, ICRIER, New Delhi

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

icrier conferenceThe rise of China and the emergence of India have altered the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific Region. China’s efforts to counter US dominance, India’s efforts to counter China, and Pakistan’s efforts to counter India are logical actions arising from the current situation. A China Pakistan nexus that targets India is also a part of the current interplay between these parties. 

The presentation will take into account the larger US-China competition which is the overall driver triggering many of these developments in the region. It will delve into India’s unique geo-political situation where it shares borders and a troubled history with two nuclear armed neighbours in China and Pakistan. While China has the distinction of possessing the world’s fastest growing nuclear force, Pakistan is home to the fastest growing nuclear stockpile in the globe today. In the background of continued Sino-Pak alliance, the above developments pose an important security challenge for India. 

To read more about the conference click here

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