EU-India Think Tanks Twinning InitiativeWith the support of the EU Delegation to India, the EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative aims to bring together the brightest minds from the EU and India to develop together ideas on how the two can further strengthen their strategic partnership through cooperation in the fields of foreign and security policy, global governance and international affairs. The Initiative aims to foster interaction between leading Indian and European think tanks through a series of joint projects involving research publications and events. The aim of the Initiative is to bring the vibrant Indian and European think tanks communities together and enable them to help generate better understanding and awareness of the EU in India and vice versa. The goal is also to support a more continued and visible presence of European think tanks in India. The impact of their joint work would no doubt stimulate debate and discussion on important global, regional and bilateral issues, foster research and academic discourse, and provide policy analysis and informed guidance to leadership on both sides, thus contributing to enriching the EU-India strategic partnership. The Delegation of the European Union to India launched the ‘EU India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative’ in 2015 which has successfully organized networking and working together of some leading think tanks from India and the EU during 2015-16. This initiative is being taken forward in 2018 and five consortiums of EU-India think tanks have been selected for support during 2018-19. These think tanks are going to be engaged in joint research, publications and events.
EU-INDIA THINK TANKS TWINNING INITIATIVE 2018 – 19
In view of the successful experience of networking of EU and Indian think tanks during the previous initiative, the EU Delegation decided to take forward the initiative in 2018 and a Call for Concept Notes to invite Joint Research Projects from Consortiums of EU and Indian think tanks was issued on 22 Dec. 2017. The Call invited consortiums of EU – India think tanks to propose writing of three original research papers interspersed with three workshops to discuss those papers over 2018-19. The Call closed on 15 Feb 2018 and the following five proposals have been selected for support:
- Clingendael – Netherlands Institute of International Relations with the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, on “EU & India as continental partners: beyond bilateralism.”
- Federal Trust UK (in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute, UK) with Jawaharlal Nehru University – Centre for Europe Studies, New Delhi, on “Developing EU and Indian Cooperative Responses to the Belt & Road Initiative.”
- Chatham House the Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK, in Association with European Union Institute for Security Studies, Brussels, with Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, on “The Indian Ocean: Opportunities for EU – India engagement.”
- Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin, with Carnegie India, New Delhi, on “Charting EU-India Cooperation on Connectivity.”
- Centre for International Relations, Warsaw, with Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, on “Cooperation between EU and India on China/ One Belt One Road Initiative – EU and Indian responses.”
EU-INDIA THINK TANKS TWINNING INITIATIVE 2015 – 16
Four consortia of think tanks from the EU and India were supported under the EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in India and in the SAARC project during 2015-16, and they carried out the research work as follows:
- ORF, Chatham House and EUISS produced three Background Papers covering West Asia, Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism and Countering Radicalisation. The consortium also held a Workshop and a Public Event in New Delhi in September 2016, as well as a final Public Event in Brussels in November. The public events were attended by a mix of officials, academics and think tank representatives.
- GPPI and Carnegie India held both an EU-India Policy Dialogue on Global Governance & Security, and a public event on the wider topic of EU-India relations in Brussels in September, produced one Policy Paper on “Regional Connectivity in Asia: New Avenues for EU-India Partnership” and another one on “Securing Afghanistan: Prospects for India-EU Cooperation” in November, and held another EU-India Policy Dialogue on Global Governance & Security, as well as another public event, this time in Delhi, on that same month. The last two Policy Papers, respectively on “Global Conflict Management and Scope for EU-India Cooperation” and on “EU-India Cooperation for Securing the Indian Ocean Region” are covered in the final publication here.
- IAI and Gateway House delivered an Expert Discussion in Mumbai, a Seminar in Rome and a Concluding Presentation in Brussels between November and December. Publications were produced on “EU-India Defence Cooperation: A European Perspective”, “EU-India Cooperation on Cyber Issues: Towards Pragmatic Idealism?”, “EU-India: Starting a More Adventurous Conversation”, “Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation from the South China Sea and Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: Potential and Limits of EU-India Cooperation”, “EU-India Cooperation on Space and Security”, “Potential and Challenges of India-EU Space Cooperation”, “Maritime Security and Freedom of Navigation from the South China Sea and Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean”, “India-EU Cooperation on Cyber Security and Data Protection”, and “India-EU Defence Cooperation: The Role of Industry”.
- GRF and FES India delivered a Seminar on “EU-India Cooperation on Sustainable Urbanisation” in Pune, India, in September 2016, and produced a Policy Brief on “Charting a Sustainable Future: EU-India Platforms on Energy and Climate Change and Urban Development”, as well as one on “India’s View on Human Security: Citizens First, Holistic Urbanisation and Cooperation with the European Union”.