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Foreign Policy, Conflict Resolution, Cooperation & Beyond

Session Report
Prasangana Paul

IMPRI Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies along with 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 a dialogue on the fundamentals and core values of diplomacy and foreign policy and economic aspects of Foreign Policy and gave insight to the participants on complex international relations.

On the 6th 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.

Overview of the Lecture

Professor Singh talked about multifaceted realms of foreign policy, conflict resolution, cooperation, and the ever-expanding horizons that extend beyond traditional boundaries.

The Changing Nature of War: From Conventional to Contemporary

Professor Singh’s engaging lecture, celebrating a century of International Relations as a foundational social science principle, seamlessly transitioned into a profound exploration of conflict resolution. As he adeptly navigated through the annals of history, he drew attention to the transformative impact of the Cold War on our understanding of warfare. Gone are the days when war was perceived as the organized infliction of violence by sovereign states; instead, it has morphed into internal struggles within sovereign nations, ushering in a paradigm shift in global tensions.

In elucidating the spectrum between war and peace, Professor Singh underscored the nuanced role of conflict as the linchpin that could either escalate into war or transform into a state of peace. The lecture skillfully wove together real-world examples and insightful case studies to illuminate the indispensable role of diplomatic negotiations. These negotiations, along with the collaborative efforts of international organizations and the imperative of multilateral cooperation, emerged as keystones in navigating the intricacies of conflict on the world stage.

The discourse took a deeper dive into the existing international laws that govern conflict resolution, with Professor Singh providing compelling examples from Scandinavian countries. These illustrations served as tangible proof of the application and effectiveness of legal frameworks in managing and resolving conflicts. The post-Soviet Union era was scrutinized for its impact, revealing a pronounced shift towards a focus on conflicts within sovereign states, demanding a more sophisticated understanding of contemporary challenges.

Professor Singh eloquently articulated the symbiotic relationship between negotiation and International Relations, positioning negotiation as a pivotal mechanism for conflict resolution in our interconnected world. The acknowledgment of an interconnected globe underscored the necessity for a holistic approach, where traditional silos dissolve in the face of contemporary challenges. The complexities of the global landscape were laid bare, compelling Professor Singh to advocate for a comprehensive understanding of conflict resolution, one that accounts for the multifaceted interplay of factors contributing to the delicate balance between war and peace.

In conclusion, Professor Singh’s lecture left an indelible mark on the audience, fostering a profound appreciation for the dynamic and evolving nature of international relations. Through his insightful analysis, he illuminated the intricate dance between conflict and resolution, urging all to embrace a comprehensive perspective that reflects the ever-shifting geopolitical paradigms of our time.

Conclusion

Professor Swaran Singh concluded the lecture by taking questions. As he drew his lecture to a close, it is imperative to distil our insights into actionable recommendations. Dialogue platforms, increased investment in conflict prevention, and comprehensive strategies for emerging challenges surfaced as key action items. His lecture served as a crucible for ideas, a forum for shared wisdom, and a beacon guiding us through the labyrinth of international relations

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