Overview

Indo-Pacific is becoming the world’s strategic centre of gravity and its future affects people everywhere. The U.S. considers the Indo-Pacific as one of its important priorities of foreign policy. Recently the White House has come up with a revised Indo Pacific Strategy wherein the U.S. calls for a sustained and creative collaboration of allies, partners, institutions within the region and beyond. The document considers India to be a prominent regional leader contributing to a free and open Indo-Pacific and collaborating in new domains like health, space, cyberspace, technology cooperation, besides others. The year 2022 also celebrates 75 years of US-India ties.

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, several discussions on connectivity, security, trade, non-proliferation, had taken place in the context of the Indo-Pacific region. However, it is important to recognize the current changes in the international space and recommend a roadmap for successful Indo-Pacific development cooperation. 

 

With this background, the Indian School of Business, in partnership with U.S. Consulate General, Hyderabad, is organising an international conference on A Roadmap for Indo-Pacific Regional Cooperation in A Post-Covid 19 World Order, on March 10 - 11, 2022 on a virtual platform. The objective of the conference is to engage various stakeholders of development and come up with a roadmap for a stronger Indo-Pacific Regional Cooperation in the context of the changing and uncertain times. 

Speakers

Ugo Astuto

Ugo Astuto

Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan  

 

Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru 

Distinguished Fellow, United Service Institution of India  

 

Nayanima Basu

Nayanima Basu      

Diplomacy Editor
The Print  

 

Rachel Fleishman

Rachel Fleishman   

Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific, Center for Climate and Security 

 

Kumara Guru

D N V Kumara Guru       

Director - External Relations 
Indian School of Business   

 

Suhasini Haidar

Suhasini Haidar 

National Editor and Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu
 
 

Sana Hashmi

Sana Hashmi

Visiting Fellow
Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF)
 

Bronwyn Hayward

Bronwyn Hayward      

Director, Sustainability, Citizenship and Civic Imagination and Professor, Department of Political Science and IR, University of Canterbury, New Zealand  

Happymon Jacob

Happymon Jacob 

Associate Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organisation & Disarmament, School of International Studies, JNU 

Kunihiko Kawazu

Kunihiko Kawazu 

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi 
 
 

Ulka Kelkar

Ulka Kelkar     

Director – Climate
World Resources Institute India 
 
 

Manoj Kewalramani

Manoj Kewalramani 

Chairperson, Indo-Pacific Research Programme and Head, China Studies Programme, Takshashila Institution 
 

Mohan Kumar

Mohan Kumar, IFS (Retd)

Chairman, RIS and Dean/Professor, Jindal Global University 
 

Patricia A. Lacina

Patricia A. Lacina 

Chargé D’ Affaires, a.i.
U.S. Embassy New Delhi 
 

Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson  

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for India, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Prakash Menon

Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

Director, Strategic Studies Programme, The Takshashila Institution

Shivshankar Menon

Shivshankar Menon, IFS (Retd) 

Visiting Professor and Chair of Ashoka Centre for China Studies, Ashoka University 
 

David Moyer

David Moyer      

Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad 



Ari Nathan

Ari Nathan     

Indo-Pacific Regional Coordinator, U.S. Embassy in Colombo

 
 

Amitendu Palit

Amitendu Palit    

Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economics), Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore 
 

Jagannath Panda

Jagannath Panda

Head of Stockholm Centre for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), Sweden; and Director, Europe-Asia for YCAPS  

Sarabjeet Singh Parmar

Capt Sarabjeet Singh Parmar   

Senior Fellow, National Maritime Foundation 



Madan Pillutla

Madan Pillutla

Dean
Indian School of Business 
  

 

Anjal Prakash

Anjal Prakash  

Research Director and Adjunct Professor, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB 
 

 

G V Prasad

G V Prasad   

Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories 
 
 
 

Sanjay Pulipaka

Sanjay Pulipaka 

Independent Research on International Politics and Security Issues (Formerly Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group and ICRIER)  
 

Joel Reifman

Joel Reifman 

Consul General
U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad 

 
 

Premesha Saha

Premesha Saha  

Associate Fellow, Strategic Studies Programme, ORF 


 

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe     

President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, and Youth and Sports

Shyam Saran

Shyam Saran, IFS (Retd)      

Former Foreign Secretary of India and Senior Fellow and Member of the Governing Board, Centre for Policy Research (CPR) 
 

Sanushka Seomangal

Sanushka Seomangal

National Vice Chair
Australia India Business Council 


 

The Hon Lisa Singh

The Hon Lisa Singh 

CEO
Australia India Institute 


 

Arjun Subramaniam

Air Vice Marshal (Dr) Arjun Subramaniam, AVSM (Retd)  

President’s Chair of Excellence, National Defence College 

Shekhar Tomar

Shekhar Tomar     

Assistant Professor, Economics and Public Policy, ISB 


Agenda

Day 1: Thursday, March 10, 2022

1730 - 1800 hrs

Inaugural Session: A Roadmap for Indo-Pacific Regional Cooperation

Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region is critical for development-based, emerging world order. The existing issues pertaining to security, development, and environment must be addressed for a successful Indo-Pacific region. The objective of this session is to set the scene for deeper deliberations and come up with a roadmap for a stronger Indo-Pacific regional cooperation.

Jennifer Larson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for India, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

G V Prasad, Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

Madan Pillutla, Dean, Indian School of Business

Joel Reifman, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad

1800 - 1845 hrs

In-Conversation Session: Shaping Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific

India and the U.S. play a critical role in shaping geopolitics and making it strategically more relevant through aligning with the countries based on consensus and cooperation emerging out of common concerns. The objective of the session is to deliberate on various issues and opportunities that are shaping the geopolitics of the region.

Happymon Jacob, Associate Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University 

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Shivshankar Menon, IFS (Retd) Visiting Professor and Chair of Ashoka Centre for China Studies, Ashoka University

1850 - 1935 hrs

Security Dialogue: Negotiating Security Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Theatre

The Indo-Pacific is emerging as one of the most important theatres for the 21st century’s geopolitical affairs. The leaders in the region are striving to protect shared values and promote the security and prosperity of the region. As the foreign policy perspectives of countries vary and change based on diplomatic requirements, it is important to negotiate for a strong security partnership that incorporates not only military capabilities but also cyber capabilities, AI, quantum technology and undersea capabilities. The objective of this session is to discuss AUKUS and other developments in negotiating a stronger security partnership in the Indo-Pacific theatre.

Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Director, Strategic Studies Programme, The Takshashila Institution

Jagannath Panda, Head, Stockholm Centre for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs, Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) Sweden and Director, Europe-Asia for YCAPS

Air Vice Marshal (Dr) Arjun Subramaniam, AVSM (Retd), President’s Chair of Excellence, National Defence College

Moderator: Suhasini Haidar, National Editor, and Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu

1940 - 2030 hrs

Sagar Dialogue: Rules-Based Maritime Indo-Pacific Order

For common prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific region, there is a need to evolve through dialogue a common, rules-based order that respects sovereignty, territorial integrity, and equality of all nations. The objective of the session is to deliberate on the challenges in arriving at a rules-based maritime Indo-Pacific Order.

Sana Hashmi, Visiting Fellow, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation

Manoj Kewalramani, Chairperson, Indo-Pacific Research Programme and Head, China Studies Programme, Takshashila Institution

Captain Sarabjit Singh Parmar (IN), Senior Fellow, National Maritime Foundation

Premesha Saha, Associate Fellow, Strategic Studies Programme, ORF

Moderator: Nayanima Basu, Diplomacy Editor, ThePrint

2035 - 2125hrs

Resilience Talks: Building Resilience in the Indo-Pacific: Climate Change and Disaster Response

The Indo-Pacific is home to more than half the world’s population, and seven of the 15 biggest economies which account for 60 per cent of the world economy, two-thirds of all economic growth over the last five years.  The region also faces major transnational challenges with the climate crisis being one that needs immediate attention.  Being home to 70% of the world’s natural disasters, it becomes imperative for partners to come together to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. This session will aim to focus on measures that promote resilience to these 21st-century transnational threats focusing on climate change and natural disasters.

Rachel Fleishman, Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific, Center for Climate and Security

Bronwyn Hayward, Director, Sustainability, Citizenship and Civic Imagination and Professor, Department of Political Science and IR, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Ulka Kelkar, Director - Climate, World Resources Institute, India

Ari Nathan, Indo-Pacific Coordinator, U.S. Embassy in Colombo

Moderator: Anjal Prakash, Research Director and Adjunct Professor, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business  

2125 – 2130 hrs

Sum-up & Closing

Day 2: Friday, March 11, 2022

1030 - 1125 hrs

Regional Dialogue: Modernizing Alliances, Strengthening Partnerships: Within and beyond the Indo-Pacific

For the last 75 years, the Indo-Pacific region has witnessed several regional alliances, organizations, and treaties.  These partnerships have the region generate 60% of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of the present global economic growth. This success has been attributed to a rules-based international order.  However, such alliances and coalitions need to be updated in response to constantly evolving geopolitics, while ensuring that all partners and allies gain the benefits of a free and open Indo-Pacific that is more connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.  Advancement in technology and greater interconnectedness has meant that our societies are more integrated. Organizations like the European Union, which is one of the top investors in the region, now seek increased engagement with the Indo-Pacific. The objective of this session is to explore the synergy between these groupings with the larger developmental objectives of the Indo-Pacific region.

Shyam Saran, IFS (Retd), Former Foreign Secretary of India and Senior Fellow and Member of the Governing Board, Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

The Hon. Lisa Singh, CEO, Australia India Institute

Moderator: Sanjaya Baru, Distinguished Fellow, United Service Institution of India

1130 - 1220 hrs

Economic Dialogue: Building Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

As one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, the Indo-Pacific region has the capacity to elevate close to 1.5 billion people to the middle-income category. Despite COVID-19 impeding the pace of economic growth in the region, Indo-Pacific remains the epicentre of the world economy.  That said, the focus needs to be on improving trade facilitation, promoting the digital economy and technology, rebuilding resilient supply chains, pushing for more decarbonization and clean energy, and equipping emerging economies of the region with high-standard infrastructure. The objective of the session is to talk about the aspects which would collectively enhance prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Mohan Kumar, IFS (Retd), Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi and Professor of Diplomatic Practice, Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P Jindal Global University

Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Sanjay Pulipaka, Independent Research on International Politics and Security Issues (Formerly Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group and ICRIER)

Sanushka Seomangal, National Vice-Chair, Australia India Business Council

Moderator: Shekhar Tomar, Assistant Professor, Economics and Public Policy, Indian School of Business

1225 - 1320 hrs

Diplomats’ Roundtable: Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific: Focus on Education, Healthcare, Technology and People-to-People Connect

Cooperation within and beyond the Indo-Pacific region is critical to aspire for inclusive and resilient world order. There are multiple issues and challenges which needed networked cooperation and engagement like – education, healthcare, climate change, technology, manpower, besides others, that is needed to be discussed for arriving at a development-oriented Indo-Pacific region. The objective of this panel is to discuss and explore these areas of cooperation which would aim to strengthen the region’s collective soft power.

Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan

Kunihiko Kawazu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi

Patricia A. Lacina, Chargé D’ Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Moderator: Madan Pillutla, Dean, Indian School of Business

1320 - 1340 hrs

Valedictory Session: The Way Forward: Exploring Soft Power Diplomacy 

To meet the common developmental goals in the Indo-Pacific region, it is important to collectively strengthen the soft power parameters involving cultural artefacts, political values, and foreign policies. There is a need to discuss the enduring features, themes, and complexities that shape the current and future relevance of soft power. The objective of this session is to explore the future and underexplored potential of the region's transnational networks that strengthen soft power diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific. Also, suggest a way forward to strengthen a stronger Indo-Pacific regional development cooperation.

Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, and Youth and Sports
 
1340 - 1350 hrs Closing Remarks

David Moyer
, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad
DNV Kumara Guru, Director - External Relations, Indian School of Business

 

Registration

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