on the International Conference on
Security Landscape of Eurasia: Role of Regional Groupings
India Foundation participated in a three-day international
conference on Changing Security Landscape of Eurasia:
Role of Regional Groupings. The conference was
organised by the India-Central Asia Foundation, New Delhi,
in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government
of India, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies,
(MAKAIAS), Kolkata, at the India International Centre, New
Delhi, from May 27 to 29, 2010.
conference covered diverse issues such as the evaluation of
security threats in Eurasia, great power competition and geo-politics
in Eurasia, economic cooperation and energy security, and
issues of cooperative and inclusive security in Eurasia.
first academic session of the conference which dealt with
Evaluation of Security Threats in Eurasia,
featured academic papers elaborating on the threats from the
Indian, Kazakh, Uzbek, Afghan, Kyrgyz and Iranian perspectives.
The session further provided an all encompassing discussion
not only on the different divergent aspects of these security
threats, but also with regard to the importance of developing
mechanisms and understandings to implement collective security
in the region to combat the same. It was concluded that Eurasia
as a strategic area holds much importance not only for the
Middle Eastern countries, but also for the West. It was stated
that in order to safeguard regional security; the contiguous
nations should identify common threats to the region as a
whole on the basis of complementary interests.
second academic session of the conference that focussed on
Great Power Competition & Geo-Politics in
Eurasia, featured papers and discussions on
the role of major powers such as Russia and China in Eurasia,
the American and Russian Geo-political perspectives, as well
as regional economic cooperation and the role of India in
the assisting Afghanistan towards reconstruction and development.
The discussions that centred on Central Asia and Eurasia with
regard to geo-politics, was also an attempt to comprehend
the competition between the major powers in the region. Whether
it will be possible for Afghanistan to become an influential
player in the future was also deliberated upon.
final academic session which dealt with Towards
Cooperative and Inclusive Security in Eurasia,
focussed primarily on regional security responses to the threats
in Eurasia, alternative responses and the issue of contingent
realism and its varied attributes.
India Foundation was represented by Ambassador Arundhati Ghose,
Vice-Chairperson, Prof. Omprakash Mishra, Member Secretary,
and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University
(IGNOU), New Delhi, Mr. Dinesh C Pathak, Member, Executive
Council, Dr. Anindya Jyoti Majumdar, Member, Executive Council,
Dr. Prabhas Sinha, Director (Projects), Dr. Lopamudra Bandyopadhyay,
Ms. Cauvery Ganapathy, Ms. Sreya Maitra, Mr. Ninad Shankar
Nag and Ms. Ziba Mirza, Fellows.
Participation at the ICAF Conference
the Inaugural Session of the conference, Dr. K. Santhanam,
President, ICAF, welcomed the delegates to the conference
and Prof. Nirmala Joshi, Director, ICAF, outlined the aims
of the same. An introduction to the conference was delivered
by Prof. Mishra, Prof J.K. Ray, Chairman (MAKAIAS) and Prof.
Hari Vasudevan, Director (MAKAIAS).
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Maulana Abul
Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Global India
Foundation (GIF) and India-Central Asia Foundation (ICAF)
for research and programme cooperation on Eurasia between
the three organisations during the Inaugural Session of the
conference. Ambassador Arundhati Ghose, Vice-Chairperson,
signed the MOU on behalf of Global India Foundation.
signing of the MOU between GIF, MAKAIAS & ICAF
Omprakash Mishra chaired a session on Towards
Cooperative and Inclusive Security on Eurasia,
in which Dr. Anindya Jyoti Majumdar presented a paper entitled
“Contingent Realism and Cooperative Security in the
Eurasian Region.” Prof. Mishra effectively summarised
the nuances of collective security. He also made a reference
to the concept of viewing India as a global player in the
days to come. Dr. Majumdar elaborated on the concept of realism
entrenched within the system of cooperative security, and
spoke at length on the understanding of overlapping security
challenges and cooperative security vis-à-vis the Eurasian
region. Dr. Lopamudra Bandyopadhyay and Ms. Sreya Maitra were
discussants in the session entitled Evaluation
of Security Threats in Eurasia, and Ms. Cauvery
Ganapathy discussed the papers delivered during the course
of the session on Great Power Competition &
Geo-Politics in Eurasia.
closing remarks of the conference were provided by Prof. Mishra,
Dr. K. Santhanam and Brig. Devinder Singh, Member (ICAF).
Brig. Devinder Singh chaired the session. Prof. Mishra spoke
at length about the importance of Global India Foundation
towards academic research, and its vision for the future.
He also spoke about the need for further such conferences
for the purpose of delving deep into the intricacies of both
traditional and non traditional security threats.