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Transformative Feminist Policy: New Perspectives on Foreign Policy

Session Report
Kaushiki K. Singh

IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi conducted an Online Certificate course on Emerging dimensions of India’s foreign Policy and Global Politics in the month of July 2022. IMPRI Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS)

This certificate course, spread over a period of three days, introduced the participants to India’s special position in the UNSC. The rise of India’s bid to secure a permanent member which has backed by five UNSC members – France, China, Russia, UK and US.

On the 1st Day our speaker, Dr Soumita Basu, Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations in the South Asian University. She commenced the discussion by highlighting the Transformative Foreign Policy with an emphasis on India’s special position in the global scene. Indian foreign Policy enthusiasts from across the nation and South Asian countries participated in this enriching session. The participants of this course were provided a detailed list of relevant reading material on this topic.

Overview of The Presentation.

Dr. Soumit Basu set the stage with an information dense overview of the India’s Transformative policy. She focused on decoding the arcane principles and strategies utilized across international Relations forums. Her presentation mainly focused on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and various aspects of India’s bid to secure a permanent seat in the council.

Decoding Transformative Feminist Policy.

Dr. Basu begun with familiarizing the students with a seemingly arcane area of   Transformative foreign Policy and the various functions and scope within it. She started from a quick review of the basics. Her discussion was rich and full of references to the perspectives of the eminent foreign policy scholars. This gave an incisive overview useful for the nascent enthusiasts.

India’s Bid for Permanent Seat at UNSC.

She reflected on the various aspects of the foreign policy and India’s run for Permanent seat the UNSC. She discussed how the move might not be as important as it seems. She discussed on the various avenues on which India could contribute from its existing standpoint. She also discussed how the African Nations and the entire Global South has been raising its voice against the lopsided power dynamics of the P 5.

The Intersection of Multilateralism and Foreign Policy

Dr. Basu highlighted the nature of International Relations. She emphasized on the multilateral nature of foreign policy. Her presentation was full of case-studies and references to the real-world examples for a clearer understanding. She discussed multilateralism from the perspectives of scholars who have worked extensively in this domain. She got the students acquainted with the concerns of the Global South across the International forums.

What’s in Store for India at The UNSC?

She further elaborated on India’s scope for growth and enhancing its influence at the UN. She focused on four core areas; Politics at UNSC, Gender Issues at UNSC, Power dynamics at UNSC and the developments in the push for a permanent seat by India since the 1990s.

Campaign Statement of India at The UNSC

She concluded with a comment on the campaign statement of India at the UNSC. She highlighted India’s focus on technology to leverage security. She discussed the possible futures for India’s foreign policy.

Conclusion

Dr. Basu’s session ended with a special emphasis on the suggested readings. This was followed by an extensive Question and Answer session, where the doubts and questions of the participants were thoroughly addressed.

Acknowledgement: Kaushiki K. Singh is a Research Intern at IMPRI.

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