Research and Publication Cell, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA is pleased to organise the Third Symposium on International Relations titled ‘One Belt One Road With Reference to CPEC’ on October 07, 2017 from 09:00am – 02:00pm.

Background: The One Belt, One Road period offers a captivating range of policy choices facing China in many countries, and perhaps most of all in Pakistan. The policy is pioneering in many ways. Not since the overlooked opportunities of the Cultural Revolution has China had more opportunity to impact the world scene through trade. Pakistani interests in Kashmir would never be greater than Chinese interests in Tibet. The lessons of the period for Pakistan today are important. China can be a valuable regional partner and an unswerving source of trade, but Pakistani interests will never outweigh greater policy issues from the Chinese perception. As a flagship of China’s One Belt One Road ingenuity, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is crucial to China’s energy security owing to the growing row in the region of South China Sea among China and other regional and global players. The CPEC could bring economic avenues to Pakistan and can foster regional and cross regional economic and trade integration between South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia and West Asia. However, it is also surrounded by some serious challenges ranging from regional security environment, internal instability to political discontent among various political actors in the Pakistani polity. Henceforth this symposium aims to seek solutions to these kinds of challenges.

Objective: The Symposium is aimed to explain, appraise and familiarize with the provisions of the international laws and to disseminate simplified information in order to impart knowledge regarding the changing nature of international relations of India with China and Pakistan. The knowledge of various experts specialized in this area would set a benchmark for the improvement that still needs to be done to improve the existing scenario.

Resource Persons:

Brig. Arun Sahgal, Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group

Mr. Arun Sahgal, a retired Brigadier of the Indian Army, is the Executive Director of the Forum for Strategic Initiative, a policy think tank focusing on national security, diplomacy and Track II Dialogues. He was previously the founding Director of the Office of Net Assessment, Indian Integrated Defense Staff (IDS), Head of the Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation, United Services Institute of India, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His research comprises scenario planning workshops, geopolitical and strategic assessments related to Asian security, and issues concerning nuclear doctrine and strategic stability in South Asia. His publications include co-authored books and net assessments for the IDS, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian National Security Council (NSC), among other clients. He has been a member of the Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, under the NSC, and a consultant with DRDO. He recently finished a monograph on Strategic Stability in South Asia for Sandia Laboratories, USA. He conducts simulation and strategic games at IDS, the Ministry of Defense, National Defense College, College of Defense Management, and other international clients. He is member of many Track 1.5 and 2 initiatives.

Ambassador Yogendra Kumar, Former Ambassador of India

Ambassador Yogendra Kumar retired from diplomatic service in 2012 in the rank of secretary, equivalent to vice minister, in the government of India. He has been ambassador to the Philippines, with concurrent accreditation to Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. Earlier, he was head of the Indian mission in Namibia and in Tajikistan (2000–03), during which period he also handled India’s policy towards Afghanistan. He has also been Consul General in Tashkent covering the entire Soviet Central Asia.

Ambassador Yogendra Kumar has served in the Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, London, Islamabad and Brussels. In Delhi, he has served on the faculty of National Defence College. At the foreign office, he has handled relations with Sri Lanka, Maldives, Soviet Union, Central Asian countries and with numerous multilateral economic organisations. Ambassador Yogendra Kumar has authored books titled, ‘Diplomatic Dimension of Maritime Challenges for India in the 21st Century’, (Pentagon Press: 2015) and ‘Whither Indian Ocean Maritime Order? Contributions to a Seminar on Narendra Modi’s SAGAR Speech’, (KW Publishers: 2017).

Dr. Swaran Singh, Professor and Chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr. Swaran Singh is Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament at Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He is President of Association of ASIA Scholars, General Secretary of Indian Association of Asian & Pacific Studies, Guest Professor at Research Institute of Indian Ocean Economies, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (China) and Advisory Board Member of Atlanta-based Communities Without Borders Inc. (United States). Prof Singh has 25 years of experience in research and teaching and he lectures at major institutions like National Defence College, Defence Services Staff College, and all other major military institutions as also Foreign Service Institute, Indian Institute for Public Administration etc. also contributes to radio and television discussions. JNU has already awarded 18 PhDs and 37 MPhils under his supervision.

Prof. Singh is formerly Visiting Professor at Australian National University (Canberra), Science Po (Bordeaux, France) University of Peace (Costa Rica),Peking, Fudanand Xiamen Universities, and Shanghai Institute of International Studies and Center for Asian Studies (Hong Kong University) in China,Asian Center (University of the Philippines), and Chuo, Hiroshima and Kyoto Universities (in Japan), as also Guest Faculty at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden). He wasAcademic Consultant (2003-2007) at Center de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi), Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (New Delhi).

Prof Singh is on the Editorial Board of Asian Policy & Politics (Washington DC), Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (Hyderabad), Journal of Indian Ocean Studies (Delhi), and Millennial Asia (Delhi), Suraksha Chintan (Meerut) as also Referee on various academic journals. He also contributes to print and visual media at home and abroad. He was also Member of South Asia Review Committee (2007-2009) of Asian Scholarship Foundation (Bangkok) He has published in Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University),Security Challenges (Australian National University), Journal of Indian Ocean Region (Perth, Australia, Issues & Studies (Taiwan National University), African Security (Institute of Security Studies), BISS Journal (Dhaka), Asian Studies Journal, Financial & Economic Review, Xiaman University Journal, International Studies (in China), and Strategic Analysis, USI Journal, Peace Initiatives, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, Millennial Asia, Journal of Air Power Studies, South Asian Survey, Indian Defence Review, and China Report (in India).

Prof Singh has traveled and written extensively on Asian Affairs, China’s foreign and security policy issues with special focus on China-India confidence building measures as also on Arms Control and Disarmament, Peace and Conflict Resolution, India’s foreign and security policy issues.Prof Singh has co-edited Transforming South Asia: Imperatives for Action (2013); India and the GCC Countries, Iran and Iraq: Emerging Security Perspectives (2013), On China By India: From Civilization to State (Cambria 2012), Emerging China: Prospects for Partnership in Asia (Routledge 2012), Asia’s Multilateralism (in Chinese, 2012) published from Shanghai; Edited China-Pakistan Strategic Cooperation: Indian Perspectives (2007) Co-authored Regionalism in South Asian Diplomacy (SIPRI Policy Paper No. 15, February 2007) and authored Nuclear Command & Control in Southern Asia: China, India, Pakistan (2010), China-India Economic Engagement: Building Mutual Confidence(2005), China-South Asia: Issues, Equations, Policies (2003), China’s Changing National Security Doctrines (1999) and Limited War: The Challenge of US Military Strategy (1995).

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