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The Jadavpur Association of International Relations (JAIR)

The First Ever Association for the Scholars and Pratitioners of International Relations in India

ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE

THE JADAVPUR ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (JAIR)

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

ON

ACT EAST THROUGH NORTHEAST: INDIA’S WAY TO A NEW ERA OF DIPLOMACY

Hosted and organized by

 DERA NATUNG GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, ITANAGAR, ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Dates: 15th and 16th November 2018

Supported by:

POLICY PLANNING AND RESEARCH DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

 

INDIAN COUNCIL OF WORLD AFFAIRS (ICWA), NEW DELHI

INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, NEW DELHI

 

  1. Background

 

The political and economic developments in various parts of the world during the early 1990s brought diverse changes in the relations among nations, resulting in the emergence and evolution of an era of globalization. Globalization and the new world order couples with the power matrix of international politics brought about an increasing integration of economies and societies and threw open opportunities and challenges to both the developed and developing countries. Globalization of the world’s economies greatly intensified international economic competition and has given rise to a new wave of regionalism. The radical transformation of economic frontiers, India’s fast economic growth and changing dynamics of international and regional economic challenges, brought the Indian leadership to create a policy which stressed on bringing the South East Asian nations and the region as a whole closer.  The Look East Policy (LEP) was officially launched in the year 1991 during the tenure of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. The relations with ASEAN were pursued with a lot of enthusiasm and dynamism which saw India became sectoral dialogue partner with ASEAN in 1992 and full dialogue partner in 1995.In 1998, Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee intended to accelerate India’s Look East Policy.  In the first phase, the emphasis was on political, diplomatic and people to people relationships, Track II diplomacy became one of the earliest vehicles to conduct a successful Look East Policy. Emphasis on improved connectivity and enhanced trade followed. In the second phase the issues revolved around strengthening of economic relations, defense, and security cooperation. During the second phase, the dominant impulse remained the economic engagement and with that strategic imperatives became important given the emergence of more assertive China.

The LEP focus on ASEAN members got expanded to include South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the East. Over the two decades, not only has India progressed from a dialogue partner to the present status of a strategic partner in respect of ASEAN but has also established strategic partnerships on a bilateral basis with many ASEAN countries and Japan, Australia and South Korea. It can also be said that after 2012, the Indian government continued to work towards what it called the third phase that was termed as an ‘Enhanced LEP’. The Look East policy stressed on regional integration, reform, and liberalization, rapid economic growth, and development of the North Eastern region of India, adapting the approach of focussing on the geographical proximity of regions, sub-regional cooperation and stress on free trade agreements. Initially, Prime Minister Modi’s early foreign policy decision-making pointed to a prioritization of relations within India’s own neighborhood. This has lent India’s Look East policy even greater momentum, unveiling an upgraded ‘Act East Policy’(AEP) during the India-ASEAN Summit in Myanmar in November 2014. The foundation, objective remains the same but to provide impetus and increase its importance and focus on it, the policy was upgraded. However, Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to stability in the South Asian neighbourhood will not necessarily come at the expense of East Asian engagement. India’s North-eastern states cannot be easily accessed from the mainland without Bangladesh’s cooperation, so positive relations with India’s South Asian neighbours will be crucial to enhancing its land connectivity with Southeast Asia. In addition, since becoming Prime Minister, Modi has advocated a ‘Look East, Link West Policy’ pointing to a broader Indo-Pacific conceptualization of India’s region. India has been pushing for greater regional integration of Indian economy with that of the ASEAN by expanding the scope of trade and investment. The main focus of 4th EAS Foreign Ministers’ meeting was on strengthening cooperation in the areas of energy, education, disaster management and enhancing connectivity. Sushma Swaraj reiterated India’s position that India “would soon draft a five-year action plan starting 2016 for enhancing connectivity and cooperation in diverse areas”.  The three pillars on which regional integration hinges are culture, commerce, and connectivity. The historical linkages between these countries in terms of culture and commerce are well known. But the implementation of the third pillar, connectivity, has become crucial in affirming the plausibility of strengthening regional ties. There is a need to improve connectivity through transport, technology, and cultural ties. India and the 10-member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in services and investments on September 8, 2014. The final agreement was signed two years after the conclusion of 5 detailed negotiations on the pact. In 2010, India and the 10- ASEAN member countries signed the Free Trade Agreement in goods. The realization of the FTA in services is expected to give the much needed impetus to India’s trade and investment relations with the member countries of ASEAN, though there are many hurdles on its way, as in various sectors, deliberations are required to have a better understanding between governments as well as business houses to have a successful implementation of the FTA. The Indian government as well as the private sector has been ready for the agreement but the ASEAN members couldn’t expedite the pact. Countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand took several months to set things right domestically. The other nine countries that have ratified the agreement include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The primary reason for the Filipino apprehension was its fears that the Indian services sector might sweep the Philippine market and dominate the ASEAN services industry.

However, as the FTA in services is implemented, India’s share in total trade would also rise as India is a leader in the services sector, making India-ASEAN FTA a ‘win-win situation’ for all. With the completion of India-ASEAN FTA, the road to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) seems clearer. RCEP includes the 10 ASEAN member countries and its six partners including India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. To benefit most from the India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, India needs to keep going on the economic reform path. In that regard, steps to strengthen its medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) sector are critically important which can help it not only sustain the free flow of trade, but also to become a more competitive player. For India, an integrated South East Asia always remains to be something to look forward to.

Within services, India has strong comparative advantage in export of computer and information services, other business services such as financial, medical services, insurance, etc., and movement of natural persons such as IT professionals and maritime professionals. Northeast and Act East Policy It is understandable that without significantly developing all the states in the Northeast, realising the vision of the Act East policy from all dimensions remain to be a difficult proposition. Prime Minister Modi in a whirlwind tour covering Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, coined a new acronym for the region: NEZ, or Natural Economic Zone, and called for the region to be developed through economic corridors to Southeast Asia. Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project, which was launched as part of the Look East Policy.

The Mekong-Ganga Cooperation was launched by India on November 10, 2000, at Vientiane, Laos, to boost cooperation in tourism, culture and education. The signatories were India, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. These countries agreed to undertake joint transportation projects, including the trans-Asian highway. This initiative is India’s most significant venture in the region. The best part about the Mekong initiative is that it has the potential for direct flights between Guwahati-Ho Chi Minh City-Imphal-Hanoi. The Asian Highway (AH 48), which would be connecting Phuentsholing in Bhutan to Indo-Bangladesh border point at Changrabandha in Cooch Behar, West Bengal via Dooars, which is being built in full swing should act as a major boost for further such road network being built connecting all the major social, cultural, economic and political points in the Northeast together.

The proposed geographical niche for the Asian Highway is the Imphal (India)-Tamu (Myanmar) road going on to the Kalemyo railway and then to Mandalay in Myanmar. A four-lane Asian Highway is sought between New Delhi-Singapore linked to Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Pen, Bangkok, Vientiane, Yangon, Mandalay, Kalemyo, Tamu, Dhaka, and Kolkata.

A number of recent developments in the North East region of India are notable. The level of education has certainly risen in the region, as has the demand for professionals from this part of the country. Some of these growth patterns are a result of the establishment of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region in 2001. The Ministry is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring security. There is a need to “rebrand” the North Eastern part of India. Many “movements” are on to restore greater integration and prominence to the region. Nagaland and Myanmar have hosted many cultural events that are an evidence of this movement. Shillong is being promoted as the “Education Capital” of the North East. Similarly, Sikkim is being hailed as India’s “brand ambassador” in terms of zero plastic consumption, organic produce, and ecofriendly industries. A number of laboratories have also been set up to study the innovative methods of entrepreneurial activity in this area. Google has also set up some enterprises in the region. The government has also taken multiple initiatives recently. The Prime Minister has taken a serious initiative of developing organic farming, making the entire region as a major economic hub for organic farming. The government also proposed to have an airstrip at Rupshree in Dhubri district bordering Kokrajhar, that it would be upgraded to an airport for both Air Force and civilian use.

The PM also strengthened the need for education as a base while unveiling the plaque for the foundation of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT), Guwahati. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Centre is also planning to have a venture fund to promote start-ups in the North-eastern states. Addressing a conference organised by ASSOCHAM, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said India is on the verge of becoming a world power on the basis of the strength of its youth, who comprise over 65 per cent of country's population and are thus the real torchbearers of ‘Startup India’ mission and the DoNER Ministry is contemplating the feasibility of creating a venture fund for start-ups.There are also proposals for establishing an Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research center in Nagaland, a research based hospital like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Assam, centre of Film production, Animation and Gaming in Arunachal Pradesh, as well as developing the region for film production, various fiscal packages moulded as per the need of the states in the region, to initiate a ‘Make in North East’ in the model of ‘Make in India’ project, promote exclusive NE expertise like tea processing, organic farming, food processing, exploitation of wind power, AYUSH , Wellness therapies etc., develop cultural tourism and strengthen the bonds of the region with the rest of India.29 The incentives for increased trade are enormous, given the contiguous landscape, common lifestyles between the peoples overlapping borders as well as the promises of a better life once the Asian highway and railway are set in place.

There are, however, a few pressing challenges, which have to be dealt with simultaneously for the people of the northeast to truly benefit from a massive opening up to Southeast Asia, amongst which the political disturbance and insurgency activities in the region, remains to be a major hurdle that needs to be addressed with urgency. Challenges to the Act East Policy ASEAN can be symbolized by the uneven political and economic playing field that it portrays. Indonesia has a nascent democratic setup; Malaysia having a two party democratic structure; Myanmar, having a semi-democratic structure as well as many territories under insurgent rule; Thailand, having a military rule with the promise of yet another constitution; Brunei under a monarchy; Philippines, having a democracy with unique characteristics; Singapore with a single party political structure with a symbolic opposition, and; Vietnam and Laos both having Communist governments in power.

It is very important to understand at this point that successfully pursuing Act-East Policy would require economic expediency, a more expanded market, addressing the economic requirements of the countries included in the ambit of Act-East. Secondly it would require a robust and clear regional security policy envisioning a concrete uniform security interest. India has remained steadfast in not taking up enmity with any country but in pursuing a common goal of development and securitizations, proportions have to be envisioned and priorities have to be set clearly. Act East Policy can only be successful if our cultural legacy, economic interest and our security imperatives converge.

The proposed Conference will also cover the importance of The Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) which represents the confluence of India’s “Act East” and Thailand’s “Look West” policies. It has also been projected as the bridge between the SAARC and ASEAN initiatives. The strategy of a “sectoral” approach and the establishment of a BIMSTEC Free Trade Area (BFTA) which is making this regional grouping more promising than SAARC or other economic initiatives in the region will be also dicussed during the conference. The strategic, political and economic importance of BIMSTEC for India’s Look East Policy cannot be overemphasized. It not only provides an opportunity to consolidate India’s relations with the near South East Asian Countries, but it also holds immense potential for trade expansion and regional development for the North East of India. It has been often claimed that South East Asia begins in the North East of India. Geo-strategically North East India is therefore integral to the BIMSTEC initiative. As the current phase of India’s Look East Policy seeks to entrench as well as diversify India’s relations with the countries of East Asia, considerable attention needs to be paid to channelize the political-economic benefits towards the North Eastern Region.

B. Objectives

 

In specific terms, the Conference aims to identify opportunities, challenges and action plans for enabling an economic integration of the North Eastern Region with Bangladesh and ASEAN countries. The following are the key objectives of the International Conference.

  • Create a Platform for decision makers and stakeholders for different segments to converge and discuss opportunities for greater and beneficial engagement between the North Eastern Region and BIMSTEC countries, especially Bangladesh and Myanmar.
  • In this context, discuss specific opportunities, challenges, and issues for expanding trade and economic cooperation between NER and BIMSTEC countries, with special reference to potential sectors for cooperation, transport linkages, and infrastructure as well as trade facilitation requirements.
  • Discuss further engagement possibilities beyond trade and investment related to social upliftment of the population in both the region as well as people to people exchanges.
  • Bring out a set of specific recommendations for action and interventions on bilateral and multilateral base including role and responsible identification. 

 

C. Scope & Coverage

The Conference is envisioned to focus on the following sub-themes: kindly Send your Papers on the Following Themes:

Day I

  • India’s “Act East Policy – Past trends and Future prospects
  • North East India’s economic development in the context of other regional agreements within the framework of India’s Act East Policy.

Day II

  • Cooperation between NER and BIMSTEC and other regional organizations in trade & investment in defined sectors – opportunities and challenges.
  • Emerging issues related to cross-border trade and investments – infrastructure, land routes and logistical issues, border management and trade facilitation issues.
  • Cooperation possibilities in nontrade areas such as Energy, forest resources, public health, institutional partnerships, culture and people to people exchanges.

The following areas will be discussed during the Conference:

Trade & Investment

Tourism

Transport & Communication

Technology

Energy

Fisheries

Agriculture

Protection of Biodiversity/ Environment and Natural Disaster Management

Public Health

Culture

Poverty Alleviation

People to People Contact

Counter – Terrorism and Transnational Crimes

 

 

 

D. Target Faculty

Experts will be drawn from academicians, foreign services, civil services, media & business.The names of the experts will be finalized in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Specific attention must to be given to experts and officials in the following specializations.

  • Transport & Logistics
  • Border Management
  • Development finance with a special focus on NE India
  • International Relations
  • Business stakeholders from NE India

 

E. Target Participants / Delegates

  • Decision Makers from the Union government of India, NE State Governments and the Government of the BIMSTEC countries.
  • Members of the business communities from India, especially the NE region and the BIMSTEC countries.
  • Members of the Academia and Think Tanks.
  •  Members of the Media.

THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Principal, Dera Natung Govt. College: Dr. N.T Rikam

Vice-Principal, Dera Natung Govt. College: Mr. Kumar Tok

Convener: Dr. R.K.Mandal, Head of the Department, Department of Economics, Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar

                   Mobile: 07005285745/9436633120

                   E-Mail: rkm_1966@yahoo.co.in

Jt. Convener: A.I.Singh

                   Mobile: 09436221467

                   E-Mail: ibotombi2013@gmail.com

Organising Committee Members:

                   Dr. B.L.Behera, Head of the Department, Department of English

                   Dr. M.Bhattacharjee, Head of the Department, Department of Geography

                   Dr. S.Bhattacharjee, Head of the Department, Department of Political Science

                

                   Dr. K.K.Rai, Head of the Department, Department of Mathematics

JAIR WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE IN THE CASE OF CANCELLATION OF THE EVENT. REFUND WILL BE MADE AS PER RULES DEDUCTING THE COMMISSION FOR ONLINE TRANSACTION IN CASE OF REGISTRATION FEES. FOR NON-TRANSFERABLE AIR TICKETS NO REFUND WILL BE MADE BY JAIR.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

Last Date for Sending Abstracts: 14th September 2018

Kindly send your Abstracts within 150 words ( Abstracts exceeding 150 words will not be Accepted) at:

info@jair.net.in

imankalyanlahiri@gmail.com

Last Date for Registration:

Early Bird Registration: 20th September 2018

PARTICIPANTS /SCHOLARS FROM ARUNACHAL PRADESH ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE CONVENER OF THE CONFERENCE DIRECTLY AT: rkm_1966@yahoo.co.in

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES FOR OUTSIDE ARUNACHAL PRADESH PARTICIPANTS: Rs. 1000/-

( Registration Fee Includes Conference Kits, and Lunch for Two days)

(This does not include Travel Fare, Local Transport, and Accommodation)

For Registration Details and for Bank Transfer, kindly write us at: info@jair.net.in

OR, PAY REGISTRATION FEE ONLINE

National Participants are requested to contact: imankalyanlahiri@gmail.com

Registration is not dependent on the Selection of the Abstracts

Last Date for the Intimation regarding the selection of the Abstracts: 30th October 2018

Last Date for sending Full Paper: 4th December 2018 for publication.

NO TA/DA will be paid to the participants.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS National Conference on “Identity and the Politics of Security, Sovereignty and the Challenges of World Politics”, 2017

MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS-JAIR DISTINGUISHED LECTURE PROGRAMME

The Ministry of External Affairs Distinguished Lecture Programme was delivered by former Ambassador Suresh Goyel on India's Foreign Policy on 9th April 2018 as a part of International Relations Scholastic Conclave supported by JAIR.

IMPORTANT SEMINARS, CONFERENCES , WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED BY JAIR

 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES:

1. 8TH APRIL, 2010-10TH APRIL, 2010 FROM LAND LOCKED TO LAND LINKED: NORTH EAST INDIA IN BIMSTEC NORTH EASTERN HILL UNIVERSITY, SHILLONG PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, NERC, SHILLONG

2. 27-28 JULY, 2012 VISWAKABI, AND INTERNATIONALISM: RABINDRANATH TAGORE IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

3. 17TH AND 19TH AUGUST, 2012 INDIA & HER NEIGHBOURS: REVISITING RELATIONS WITH NEPAL, BHUTAN, MYANMAR, SRI LANKA, MALDIVES AND BANGLADESH MANIPUR UNIVERSITY, MANIPUR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, NEW DELHI, AND MAKAIAS, KOLKATA

4. 19-20TH AUGUST, 2013 REGIONALISM, SUB-REGIONALISM AND CONNECTIVITY: INDIA'S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE 21ST CENTURY MIZORAM UNIVERSITY, AIZAWAL PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, NEW DELHI, AND MAKAIAS, KOLKATA

5. 27 February, 2014-1ST MARCH, 2014 FUTURE OF INDIA MYANMAR ENGAGEMENT: EXISTING IMPEDIMENTS, UNTAPPED OPPORTUNITIES OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, KOLKATA MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD INSTITUTE OF ASIAN STUDIES( MAKAIAS) AND OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION (ORF), KOLKATA CHAPTER

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:

17TH-18TH AUGUST, 2011 INDIA’S CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT IN ASIA AND AFRICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY HOTEL HINDUSTHAN INTERNATIONAL, KOLKATA AND JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, NEW DELHI, MAKAIAS, KOLKATA

 NATIONAL SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES:

26TH JULY, 2008 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY JIBANANANDA SABHAGRIHA, KOLKATA JAIR

28-29TH MARCH, 2009 THE CHALLENGE OF TERRORISM JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA. INAUGURATED BY SRI VINOD KUMAR, JOINT SECRETARY, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

19TH MARCH, 2010 INDIA’S ENERGY SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

16TH NOVEMBER, 2009 INDO~US RELATIONS UNDER OBAMA PRESIDENCY AMERICAN CENTER, KOLKATA AMERICAN CENTER, KOLKATA 

11TH MARCH 2012 RE-READING RAM MOHUN ROY: A 21ST CENTURY PERSPECTIVE RAJA RAM MOHUN ROY MEMORIAL MUSEUM, KOLKATA RAJA RAM MOHUN ROY MEMORIAL MUSEUM

 23RD AND 24TH AUGUST, 2013 QUESTIONING IDENTITY: RESPONSE OF THE STATE AND COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND SOCIOLOGY, BARRRACKPORE RASTRAGURU SURENDRANATH COLLEGE, WEST BENGAL UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (UGC) AND DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND SOCIOLOGY, BARRRACKPORE RASTRAGURU SURENDRANATH COLLEGE

28TH TO 30TH OCTOBER, 2014 , NORTHEAST IN INDIA’S LOOK EAST: ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, GUWAHATI PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS), ICSSR, NEW DELHI, MAKAIAS, KOLKATA AND INDIAN COUNCIL OF WORLD AFFAIRS, NEW DELHI

2ND TO 4TH NOVEMBER, 2015 INDIA IN THE EMERGING WORLD ORDER; ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE, DARJEELING, MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD INSTITUTE OF ASIAN STUDIES (MAKAIAS) AND ICSSR, NEW DELHI

19TH AND 20TH DECEMBER, 2016 INDIA’S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, GOVERNANCE AND FOREIGN POLICY IMPERATIVES DEPARTMENT OF CIVICS AND POLITICS, MUMBAI UNIVERSITY INDIAN COUNCIL OF WORLD AFFAIRS (ICWA), OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, NEW DELHI, MAKAIAS, KOLKATA

SPECIAL LECTURE PROGRAMME

1. 20TH JULY, 2008 THE LAUNCHING OF THE JADAVPUR ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS JIBANANANDA SABHAGRIHA, KOLKATA SRI AMIT DASGUPTA, JOINT SECRETARY, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVT. OF INDIA.

2. 19TH JANUARY, 2009 MEDIA AS A CAREER JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA BHABESH DAS, NEWS EDITOR, PRASAR BHARATI, AKASHVANI, KOLKATA AND SRI PRADEEP GOOPTU, RESIDENT EDITOR, BUSINESS STANDARD

3. 13TH SEPTEMBER 2010 MAKING AMERICAN INTEREST GROUPS APPRECIATE INDIA’S CONCERNS & PRIORITIES: A PUBLIC DIPLOMACY EXERCISE ABROAD ON THE DAY JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, KOLKATA SUPPORTED BY PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AMBASSADOR RONEN SEN, FORMER AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO USA

4. 23RD AUGUST 2014, INDIA-BANGLADESH RELATIONS: LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE’ OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, KOLKATA MAHBUB HASSAN SALEH, DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER OF BANGLADESH

5. 28TH FEBRUARY, 2015 INDIA’S ACT EAST POLICY RAMAKRISHNA MISSION INSTITUTE OF CULTURE, GOLPARK, KOLKATA PINAK RANJAN CHAKRAVARTY, FORMER SECRETARY EAST, MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

6. 21ST MARCH, 2015 REBEL CAMPS IN MYANMAR: WILL THEY IMPEDE INDIA’S LOOK EAST POLICY? OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, KOLKATA SHRI RAJIV BHATTACHARYYA, RENOWNED JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR AND DR. LANGPOKLAKPAM SURAJ SINGH, FACULTY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE OF D.M. COLLEGE, (IMPHAL, MANIPUR).

7. 18TH APRIL, 2015 NEW LATIN AMERICA: WHAT IT MEANS FOR INDIA? RAMAKRISHNA MISSION INSTITUTE OF CULTURE, GOLPARK, KOLKATA AMBASSADOR R. VISHWANATHAN

8. 9TH JANUARY, 017 BREXIT AND INDIA JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY AMBASSADOR KRISHNAN SRINIVASAN, FORMER FOREIGN SECRETARY, GOVT. OF INDIA AND SYLVIA MISHRA, ORF, NEW DELHI

 WORKSHOPS:

Taking into consideration the demands of the young researchers of International Relations and related social sciences, the association organized a two days workshop on Research Methods in Political Science / International Relations and Related Social Sciences on 10th-11th December 2010 in active collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (Eastern Regional Center). The workshop received an overwhelming response from young researchers and proposals have come to conduct workshops on similar lines in the near future. 

 The Association organized the Second Worksop for seven days between 8th August, 2016-17th August 2016 on Research Methods in IR and Related Social Sciences supported by ICSSR-ERC. The same kind of courses have been organized during 2015,2016,2017, 2018

 STUDENTS’ SEMINAR AND ACTIVITIES:

The Association in collaboration with The School of International Relations and Strategic Studies organized a Student’s Seminar on Waves of Democracy in South Asia at K.P.Basu Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University on 26th September 2008.

The Jadavpur Association of International Relations (JAIR) organized a student's seminar in collaboration with the School of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University on 26th September 2009 on India's Foreign Policy: Trends and Perspectives at Jadavpur University.

 JAIR has organized a students’ seminar on India’s Emergence: Through Young Eyes in collaboration with the School of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University on 11th April 2011.

 One of the biggest accomplishments of the association in the year 2010 is sending of postgraduates of International Relations to join the IDSA (New Delhi) and the ICWA (New Delhi) as interns.

An inter-college roundtable on Internet, State, and Democracy: Wiki leaks and Beyond was organized in collaboration with the School of Media, Communications and Culture (Jadavpur University) in 11th January 2012. The roundtable was attended by eminent journalists, students and scholars from different colleges of Kolkata and around.

 A students’ seminar on the theme USA’s Role in South Asia in the 21st Century in collaboration with the American Center (Kolkata) was organized by the association in February 2012.

 An online Student’s Journal of the Association was released on 13th July 2013 by Smt. Riva Ganguly Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

 The Association received the Maintenance and Development grant for the year 2013-14 towards the publication of JAIR Journal of International Relations with an ISSN number (ISSN: 2348-7496). The Association is receiving the grant to date.

 JAIR organized a Students’ seminar on India’s Foreign Policy on 2nd April 2016 in collaboration with The School of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS/ BOOK RELEASES

 The association hosted a Round Table  Discussion on the Arab Spring by Ambassador Rajendra Madhukar Abhayankar in collaboration with the Department of International Relations (Jadavpur University) during the year 2012

 JAIR was honored to have Ambassador Muchkund Dubey, Former Foreign Secretary to the Government of India for a discussion on the book India’s Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World in November 2012.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS ORGANIZED BY JAIR

 The JAIR in collaboration with The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India organized an Interaction between South African MP’s and Jadavpur Association of International Relations (JAIR) experts/academics on 12th December 2008 at Oberoi Grand.

 The book The Challenge of Terrorism edited by Radharaman Chakrabarti and Imankalyan Lahiri was formally inaugurated by Sri Vinod Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on 20 July 2009 at Calcutta Press Club. This book can offer a set of action areas for the government as well the is the most comprehensive, research-oriented publication on Terrorism published since 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

 JAIR registered itself as a non-profit organization in the NGO Partnership system launched by the Planning Commission, Government of India.

 The Association organized a lecture programme by Prof Anne Cheng from College de France organized in collaboration with ICSSR, Institute of Chinese Studies New Delhi and H.P Biswas India-China Cultural Study Programme. The programme took place on 12th March 2013 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

 The members of the Association were also invited by the Hon’ble Consul General of Bhutan in the year 2013 on the occasion of the celebration of Bhutan Day. The Association has also kept a very close relationship with the Consulates of Foreign Delegations in Kolkata.

 The Association completed its five years and celebrated the same on 28th April 2013 in the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University.

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