Distinguished lecture on India and Indo Pacific Maritime Security: Negotiating Change and Challenges
July 20, 2021
Webinar 2: Indo Pacific Strategy – Reimagining the maritime outlook
August 25, 2021

Virtual Conference on Strategic Futures: Regional Maritime Security Complexes (Western Pacific Rim; Indian Ocean – Southern Ocean; and the Arabian Sea Littoral)

Event Start Date:
August 18, 2021
Event End Date:
August 18, 2021
Event Venue:
In the third decade of this century, three contiguous regions in maritime Asia and beyond have gained immense and critical strategic significance: (1) Western Pacific Rim of the Indo-Pacific; (2) Western Indian Ocean-Southern Ocean; and (3) Arabian Sea Littoral encompassing India-Persian Gulf Region-Horn of Africa. India has enduring strategic interests, economic-commercial-trade linkages, and the imperatives of connectivity necessitating that these large maritime spaces remain ‘open, inclusive and free’. India’s role and possible engagement/ entanglement in these regions merit elucidation and critical evaluation of a Net Assessment of opportunities and the capabilities for stabilization in the region through a comprehensive policy-doctrinal-operational response.

The ICWA and CPPR shall be jointly organising a one-day virtual seminar where across three plenary sessions, each of the three focus topics identified above shall be discussed by a panel of Indian and international experts. The one seminar is the culmination of the joint research initiative of ICWA and CPPR on Strategic Futures: Regional Maritime Security Complexes of the Western Pacific Rim; Indian Ocean – Southern Ocean; and the Arabian Sea Littoral.

Inaugural Sessions
Welcome: Dr Joshua Thomas, Erudite Distinguished Fellow (International Relations), CPPR
Inaugural speech: Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh IFS (Retd), Director-General, Indian Council of World Affairs
Keynote speech: Ambassador TP Sreenivasan, Former Ambassador of India and Governor for India of the IAEA

Session 1 – Western Pacific Rim Security Complex
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Dr Vijay Sakhuja, Former Director, National Maritime Foundation; and Distinguished Fellow, CPPR.
Panelists :
Dr Avinash Anil Godbole, Associate Professor, International Relations and Assistant Dean, O.P. Jindal, Global University
Dr Takeshi Daimon-Sato, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseeda University, Japan
Dr Pragya Pandey, Research Fellow, ICWA

Session 2 – Western Indian Ocean – Southern Ocean Security Complex
12:10 PM to 01:10 PM
Prof Dr W Lawrence S Prabhakar, Author, Researcher & Professor, International Relations & Strategic Studies; Advisor, CPPR
Dr R P Pradhan, Associate Professor, Dept.of Humanities & Social Science, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus; and Distinguished Fellow, CPPR
Dr Shelly Johny, Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Aloysius College (University of Calicut); and Senior Fellow, CPPR
Dr Sankalp Gurjar, Research Fellow, ICWA

Session 3 – Arabian Sea Littoral Maritime Security Complex
01:45 – 02:45 PM
Vice Admiral M P Muralidharan, AVSM & Bar, NM (Retd) Former Director-General, Indian Coast Guard; and Distinguished Fellow, CPPR
Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Southern Naval Command, Indian Navy
Dr. Uma Purushothaman, Assistant Professor, Dept of International Relations and Politics, Central University of Kerala.
Dr Vivek Mishra, Research Fellow, ICWA

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