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Mr. M K Narayanan will be inaugurating the International Conference on ‘US Rebalance and Asia Pacific’ organized by CPPR in collaboration with the US Consulate, Chennai on 6, 7 March 2015 at Kochi, Kerala, India.

About Mr. M K Narayanan

Mr. M.K.Narayanan has held several prestigious assignments, during his illustrious career spanning nearly six decades, the most recent one being that of Governor of the State of West Bengal (2010-2014).

Prior to this, Mr. Narayanan was Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and National Security Advisor from 2004 – 2010, holding the rank of Minister and functioning from the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi. Still earlier, Mr. Narayanan headed the Intelligence Bureau as its Director (1987-1992) and worked with four Prime Ministers.

 As Special Advisor and National Security Advisor, Mr. Narayanan’s responsibilities included, advising the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on Foreign and Defence Policies, National Security and all Strategic Aspects, as well as Governance Issues. During this period, Mr. Narayanan led India in Institutionalized Strategic and Security Dialogues with several countries viz, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia, Japan and Brazil. He was also the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Boundary Talks with China.

Mr. Narayanan has been a regular speaker at International and National Conferences. These include the Munich Security Conference (Germany); the World Policy Conference; and the International Institute of Strategic Studies in the UK and elsewhere. This apart, he has spoken at Stanford and Harvard Universities (in the United States), Melbourne University and the Australia-India Institute (in Australia).

Sessions and Speakers


List of participants for CPPR-ALA Public Policy Research Method School 2016
asheshAshesh Shrestha (Nepal)
Bachelors in Economics and Sociology
Works with the Samriddhi Prosperity Foundation, Nepal
CerenCeren Ozevik (Turkey)
Bachelors in Psychology
Works with the Association for Liberal Thinking, Turkey
Dovile1Dovile Sujetaite (Lithuania)
Bachelors of Science in Financial Economics
She is a Policy Analyst with the Lithuanian Free Market Enterprise
DGAI Samarasinghe (1)Deegoda Gamage Ashini Samarathighe (Sri Lanka)
Bachelors in Business Administration
Works with the Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka
Hizkia R_PhotographHizkia Respatiadi (Indonesia)
Masters in Public Management
Works with the Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies
marusaMaruša Pozvek (Slovenia)
Masters degree in International Taxation and Public Law
Works with the Tax Payers Association, London
Olumayowa OkediranOlumayowa Okediran (Nigeria)
MSc in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies
Works with the Students for Liberty, Nigeria
Peter YakobePeter Yakobe (Malawi)
Bachelors in Business administration
Working in the capacity of Executive Director with the Centre for Free Market Enterprise, Malawi
Polina KotulevaPolina Kotuleva (Kyrgyzstan)
Bachelors in World Economy
Works with the Central Asia Free Market Institute, Kyrgyzstan
sajad-santhoshSajad S Santhosh (India)
Masters in Development Studies
Works with the Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi, India
SARWARGYASarwagya Raj Pandey (Nepal)
Bachelors in Engineering and Biotechnology
Works with the Bikalpa an Alternative, Nepal
Mr. Murray Hiebert

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director,
Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asian Studies,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Theme I: The Contexts and Geopolitics of the U.S. Rebalance in Asia
Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar

Associate Professor, International Relations and Strategic Studies,
Dept of Political Science,
Madras Christian College, Chennai.
Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra

Professor, Centre for Canadian, US & Latin American Studies at the School of International Studies of JNU
Dr. Arvind Kumar

Professor and Head Department of Geopolitics and International Relations Head, Manipal Centre for Asian Studies, Manipal University
Theme II: Trade and Commerce – A rebalancing tool in Asia Pacific
Dr. Joe Thomas

Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Prof. Rajeev Srinivasan

Member, National Think Tank on Intellectual Property Rights,
Government of India, Oct 2014-Present
Theme III: China’s Strategic Rise: Regional Hegemony or Peaceful Rise
Dr. G Gopakumar

Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod
Dr. Rajesh Rajagopalan

Professor, International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Dr. Jabin T Jacob

Assistant Director and Fellow,
Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi
Dr. Pramod C.R.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
Sree Kerala. Varma College, Thrissur.
Theme IV : Trans Pacific Partnership
dr_ingrid(1)Ms. Ingrid Henic

Vice President,
Cohen Group
dr_nilanjan(1)Dr. Nilanjan Banik


About the International Conference

The two day Conference on ‘US Rebalance and Asia Pacific’ is been organised in a crucial time given the significant developments brought by President Obama’s visit to India recently. India will need to strategise and plan its actions to stay relevant and strengthen its diplomatic relations in the region. The Conference will deliberate on various aspects of US rebalancing including China’s role in the region. It  will witness several renowned scholars and thought leaders from India and abroad discussing the various aspects of the theme.

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