Event Start Date:
March 18, 2022
Event End Date:
March 18, 2022
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CPPR TOWNHALL on The Ukraine Conundrum and India’s Strategy | CPPR TOWNHALL SERIES Ep 9

Date: 18 March 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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The Ukraine crisis instigated by the Russian invasion is expected to have implications for India in its immediate and extended neighbourhood. Whether India should proactively work out a dual policy of sanctions and aid or choose the path of strategic autonomy must be discussed within the larger framework of geopolitics and geostrategy. CPPR is hosting this discussion to turn focus to strategically pertinent issues that have to be discussed against the breakdown of democracy in Eastern Europe with particular reference to India as a major stakeholder.


Amb TP Sreenivasan, Advisor, CPPR and former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

Prof T V Paul,  Erudite Distinguished Fellow at CPPR and James MCGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University


Sharon Susan Koshy, Associate, Research, CPPR


About the Speakers:

Amb TP Sreenivasan

TP Sreenivasan is former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Vienna and Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. His previous postings were as India’s Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia; Deputy Chief of Mission (Ambassadorial Rank) in the Embassy of India, Washington; High Commissioner of India to Kenya and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Nairobi; Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York; Ambassador to Fiji and 8 other South Pacific Island States; and postings at the Indian missions in Tokyo, Thimphu, Moscow, New York and Yangon. TP Sreenivasan served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years and has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Non-Aligned Movement. He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, and was the Vice-Chairman and Executive Head of the Kerala State Higher Education Council with the rank of Vice-Chancellor. He was a Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington in 2009. TP Sreenivasan has a creditable academic record, having stood first in the University of Kerala in B.A. (English) and M.A. (English). He speaks Japanese and Russian, and has authored several books. He was also the host of the well known Malayalam television show on international affairs called ‘Videsha Vicharam’ aired on Asianet News.

Prof T V Paul

T V PAUL is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Paul specialises in International Relations, especially international security, regional security and South Asia. He completed his Masters in Political Science from Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam; MPhil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Paul is the author or editor of 20 books, nearly 75 journal articles and book chapters, and has lectured at various international universities and research institutions. In March 2019, Paul took the leadership role in forming the Global Research Network on Peaceful Change (GRENPEC). He was elected as the 56th President of International Studies Association and on March 17, 2016 he took charge as ISA President for 2016-17.
In December 2009, Paul’s Book, ‘The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons’ was selected for inclusion in the Peace Prize Laureate Exhibition honouring President Barack Obama by the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo. During 2009-12, he served as the Director (Founding) of the McGill University/Université de Montreal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS). He has held visiting positions at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2014, 2017 & 2018); Diplomatic Academy, Vienna (2014 onwards); UC Berkeley (2013); East-West Center, Honolulu (2013); the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey (2002-03), Harvard University (1997-98), and as the KPS Menon Visiting Chair for Diplomacy (2011) and Erudite Fellow (2016) at the MG University, Kottayam, India.