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Indo-Pacific In Focus: A Dialogue On Shared Security

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Introduction

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 been backed by five UNSC members – France, China, Russia, UK, and US.

On the First Day our speaker, Professor Sanjay Chaturvedi, Chairpersonn department of International relations in South Asian University discussed about the special position of India in the “Indo-pacific” region. 

Overview

Professor Sanjay gave a thorough overview of the Indo-Pacific region. He discussed multiple aspects of the Indian Foreign Policy for this region. He discussed about key concepts to equip the students with a comprehensive understanding of the geopolitics in this region better. He discussed exclusively about India’s relationship with the key global players in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). He gave an infographic presentation utilizing maps, engaging visuals and charts for the same.

The Indo-Pacific Region and Its Importance

The lecture began with an overview of the drivers, dynamics and dilemmas of the Indo-Pacific Region. He discussed about the genesis of the Indo-Pacific and delineated the key reasons behind it. He familiarized the students with the perspectives of various scholars and global leaders on the politics of Indo-Pacific region. He also suggested several readings for a deeper understanding of the geopolitics in the region. 

Rise of Indian Ocean in Global Politics

The IOR region has been integral to the global geopolitics. Professor Sanjay discusses the unique position of India and recommended a multipronged approach taken by India to secure its robust presence in the region. There are multiple perspectives were discussed about the endless opportunities of the nation.

Concepts of Geopolitics

The lecture then entailed elaboration on key concepts in geopolitics. There was a discussion about Strategic cultures, basic understanding of Geoeconomics, Maritime regionalisms and Balance of power in the Indo-Pacific regionalisms. Professor Sanjay utilized various visual tools for understanding Indo-Pacific regional dynamics better.

Global Case Studies: Power Dynamics in The Indo-Pacific

There were discussions about various perspectives of scholars like Karl Haushofer and Henry Kissinger in the Indo-Pacific region. The next segment incorporated theories in critical geopolitics in the Anthropocene.  Professor Sanjay entwined the world of geopolitics and foreign policy to create a deeper understanding of the situations in the area. The U.S. Strategic reforms, Australian viewpoint on the Indo-Pacific and the fault lines in the South China sea were the key areas of discussion.

India and The Future of Indo-Pacific

The Indian concerns in the region and the indigenous approaches were highlighted. The standpoint of the Ministry of external affairs of India was discussed. Professor Sanjay helped the students create a deeper understanding of the impact of various reports like the UN and the ASEAN reports and factors like Climate Change, Trade and Commerce, and China in the region. He also discussed the Sagar Initiative, Shangri La dialogue and the Indo-Pacific Oceans initiative.

Conclusion

He concluded the lecture by underlining the security concerns in the region and the security concerns. He summarized the global approach, concerns and the way forward. The forum was then opened for an interactive question-and-answer session with the Professor. Overall, the course aimed to cover various topics concerned with Geopolitics and India’s role at the International podium. The day 1 of the program successfully witnessed the introduction of India’s special position in the UN Security Council by our esteemed speaker.

Acknowledgement: This article was posted by Ritika Sen, a research intern at IMPRI.

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