EU-India think tanks present insights on effective bilateral cooperation for a post-Covid world NEW DELHI, 11 November 2020. The Delegation of the European Union to India held a virtual symposium on “EU and India: Forces of Stability in an Unstable World”. This virtual event took place in the backdrop of the EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative (TTTI), which has been promoting …
Ten policy papers as listed below have been selected for participation at the EU-India Experts’ Workshop to held on 09-10 Nov 2020.
During the Cold-War years, Europe and India engaged with the Soviet Union at very different levels. On many occasions they found themselves supporting the opposite side. Western Europe was part of the American led western alliance. India, however, had very close strategic and economic ties with the USSR, which were institutionalised through the 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation. Despite the collapse of the USSR and the termination of special bilateral trade relations in the 1990s, India and Russia have maintained excellent political relations. These ties have been institutionalised through strategic partnership signed in
2000 and upgraded to ‘special and privileged strategic partnership’ in 2010.
Competing Asian economies such as China, Japan, and India have in recent years become progressively more active investors, traders, and lenders in African nations. Africa as a continent has figured significantly in their foreign policy strategies. These Asian powers have employed more persuasive strategies to mark their presence, both as bilateral and multilateral partners, in this ever-demanding continent that is strategically vital to most powers in world politics today. While tapping into Africa’s
vibrant markets and energy resources continue to be their prime strategic intent, contributing to underdeveloped socio-economic conditions in the continent through attractive infrastructure
development and human resource development allows these economies to maintain stronger political
contacts to serve their respective national interests.
The purpose of this paper is to outline and compare current Indian and European strategies and approaches towards the development and regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is intended to highlight points of convergence that could be entry points for dialogue between civil society and/or regulatory authorities and policymakers in the two jurisdictions. As matters stand today, norms underlying the development of AI are still being developed, especially at the international or
multilateral level. That said, there has been some recent progress on this front, most markedly with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Principles on AI.