EU-India-Experts-Day (1)

EU-India Experts Day

Think Tanks Twinning Initiative author 2019, Belgium, Brussels, Events

EU-India Relations: Changing the Game?

Event date
2 April 2019


Event location
Brussels, Belgium

Excerpt

The EU India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative and the Europe-India Research and Dialogue Network (EIRDN) jointly organised an EU-India Experts’ Day in Brussels on April 02 2019, bringing together leading scholars and officials for a full day of discussions on EU-India relations.

The EU India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative and the Europe-India Research and Dialogue Network (EIRDN) jointly organised an EU-India Experts’ Day in Brussels on April 02 2019, bringing together leading scholars and officials for a full day of discussions on EU-India relations.

With the support of the EU Delegation to India, the EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative aims at bringing together Think Tanks experts from the EU and India to develop ideas on how the two can further their strategic partnership through cooperation in the fields of foreign and security policy and global governance. 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 improve 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.

Led by Friends of Europe, Centre for European Policy Studies, Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Observer Research Foundation, EIRDN is a focal point for research on Europe India relations and track 2 and 1.5 initiatives of public diplomacy. By pooling experts from more than 20 leading institutes representing 13 European countries and several Indian States, EIRDN acts as a go-to resource offering expertise on India and on the EU in their policy debates and bringing experts and researchers closer in their work.

@ Friends of Europe, Square de Meeus 5-6
09:00 – 10:00

High level conversation on moving forward EU-India relations

  • Caroline Vinot, Head of Division, Regional Affairs and South Asia, EEAS
  • Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the EU, H.E. Gaitri I. Kumar

Moderated by Shada Islam, (Friends of Europe)

10:00 – 12:00

EIRDN meeting

  • Update on ongoing projects
  • Structure, functioning and financing
  • 2019 – 2020 programme
@ Residence Palace – Brasserie, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Bruxelles
12:15 – 14:00

Lunch – by invitation only

  • Co-hosted byHilde Hardeman, Head of the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI)
  • Caroline Vinot, Head of Division, Regional Affairs and South Asia, EEAS
14:15 – 18:15 TTTI workshop @ EUISS, Justus Lipsius
14:15 – 14:55

Session 1: EU – India Cooperation in Africa: Challenges and Prospects

  • Dr Kamil Zajączkowski (Centre for European Studies, University of Warsaw)
  • Prof. Arvind Kumar (Manipal Academy of Higher Education)

Discussant: Patryk Kugiel (Polish Institute of International Affairs)

14:55 – 15:30

Session 2: Connectivity Approaches in the Indian Ocean: Prospects for EU-India Maritime (Security) Cooperation

  • Susanne Kamerling (Clingendael Institute)

Discussant: Dr. Garima Mohan (Global Public Policy Institute)

15:30 – 16:10

Session 3: EU-India disaster management

  • Gareth Price (Chatham House)
  • Mihir Sharma (Observer Research Foundation)
  • John Joseph Wilkins (EUISS)

Discussant: Dr. Nicola Casarini (Istituto Affari Internazionali)

16:10– 16: 25 Coffee break
16:25 – 17:05

Session 4: Prospects of EU-India Cooperation in Central Asia

  • Prof Dr Gulshan Sachdeva (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Dr Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron (Global Policy Institute)

Discussant: Dr. Henrik Chetan Aspengren (Swedish Institute of International Affairs)

17:05 – 17:15 Coordination of third round of papers of Think Tanks Twinning Initiative
17:15 – 18:10

Take away from today and next steps

  • Dr. Garima Mohan (Global Public Policy Institute)
  • Dr. Nicola Casarini (Istituto Affari Internazionali)
  • Patryk Kugiel (Polish Institute of International Affairs)
  • Dr. Henrik Chetan Aspengren (Swedish Institute of International Affairs)

Moderated by Stefania Benaglia (AETS)

18:10 – 18:15

Concluding remarks

  • Caroline Vinot, Head of Division, Regional Affairs and South Asia, EEAS