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Diplomacy and Foreign Policy: Careers Prospects

Session Report
Prasangana Paul

IMPRI Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi conducted an Online International Autumn School Program, a One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course on Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in November 2023.

This Course, spread over a month, introduced the participants to the complex world of global affairs, understanding principles and practices of diplomacy, international negotiation, defence and foreign policy formulation. It initiated dialogue on the fundamentals and core values of diplomacy and foreign policy and gave insight to the participants on complex international relations.

On the 8th Day our speaker, Professor Swaran Singh, Professor and Chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),New Delhi. He opened the discussion by talking about Foreign Policy, Conflict Resolution, Cooperation and Beyond. He concluded the session.

Prof. Singh’s opening remarks delved into the intricacies of Foreign Policy, Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, and the broader implications for India on the global stage. Notably, he highlighted India’s remarkable achievements, positioning it as the 5th largest economy, the 3rd largest defense spender, and the world’s most populous country.

The crux of Professor Singh’s talk revolved around India’s demographic advantage, particularly the surge in the youth population. He underscored the idea that this demographic shift positions India as an emerging global player, a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. As he painted a vivid picture of India’s rapid ascent, Prof. Singh emphasized the inevitability of global expectations accompanying this growth.

Connectivity emerged as a pivotal theme in Prof. Singh’s discourse, as he pointed out the profound impact of increasing interconnectedness on citizen awareness. He celebrated International Relations as an exhilarating field, contending that scholars in this discipline enjoy boundless opportunities for engagement and awareness. Beyond the conventional perception of International Relations being confined to the Ministry of External Affairs, Prof. Singh shed light on the extensive involvement of every ministry in global affairs.

Crucially, Prof. Singh extolled the diverse career paths within International Relations, dispelling the notion that it is exclusively tied to diplomacy. He championed academia as a pathway to specialization, encouraged exploration into policy research, and highlighted the potential for impactful roles in non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The professor emphasized that International Relations professionals could carve out rewarding careers in various sectors, including media, underscoring the potential for individuals to become global citizens through such engagement.

In conclusion, Professor Swaran Singh’s session provided profound insights into the expansive career scope within International Relations. His talk not only debunked misconceptions but also ignited a sense of optimism, urging individuals to actively participate in and contribute to the evolving landscape of global affairs. As the audience absorbed the wealth of information and inspiration, Prof. Singh left an indelible mark, encouraging a diverse array of career pursuits within the dynamic field of International Relations.

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