EU-INDIA-Think tanks annual conference

EU-INDIA Think Tanks Annual conference

Think Tanks Twinning Initiative author 2019, Events, New Delhi

EU-INDIA Think Tanks Annual conference

Event date
8 January 2019

Event location
New Delhi, India


The Delegation of the European Union to India is bringing together leading think tanks from India and the European Union to discuss EU-India relations and further opportunities for enhanced cooperation against the background of the closer partnership in recent years, the new EU Strategy on India and current geo-political environment.

08.30 – 09:00 Registration and Tea/Coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and opening remarks by the Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, and the President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Dr. Samir Saran
09:15 – 10:00

High Level conversation onthe EU’s new strategy for India

Chaired and moderated by:Ms. Shada Islam, Friends of Europe, Brussels

  • Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia & the Pacific, European External Action Service, Brussels
  • Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee
  • Q & A
10:00 – 11:00

SESSION 1:Taking forward the EU-India Strategic Partnership

Chaired and moderated by: Prof. Ummu Salma Bava, Chairperson and Jean Monnet Chair, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

  • Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm
  • Harsh V. Pant, Director Studies and Head, Strategic Studies Programme, ORF
  • Patryk Kugiel, Senior Analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw
  • Constantino Xavier, Fellow, Brookings India, New Delhi
  • Caroline Vinot, Head of Division, European External Action Service, Brussels
  • Q & A
11:00 – 11:15 TEA BREAK
11:15 – 12:00

SESSION 2: Connectivity in Eurasia

Chaired and moderated by: Dr. Christian Wagner, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

  • Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, The Hague
  • Gulshan Sachdeva, Jean Monnet Chair and Director, Europe Area Studies Programme, JNU, New Delhi
  • Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House, London
  • Darshana Baruah, Associate Director, Carnegie India
  • Ambassador Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, EEAS Brussels
  • Q &A
12:00 –13:00

SESSION 3:  The EU and India getting ready to shape the future in the context of global political trends

Chaired and moderated by:Dr. Garima Mohan, Research Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin

  • C Raja Mohan, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Carnegie India
  • Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director, Gateway House – Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai
  • Nicola Casarini, Senior Research Fellow, Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome
  • John-Joseph Wilkins, Public Information Officer, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Brussels
  • Open house for additional remarks from participants
  • Q & A
13:00 – 13:25

SESSION 4:Take away from today and way ahead

Chaired and moderated by: Prof. Gulshan Sachdeva, JNU

  • Session summaries by session chairs / moderators
    • Shada Islam
    • Salma Bava
    • Christian Wagner
    • Garima Mohan
  • Way ahead: Ms. Friederike Tschampa, Head of Political Section, EU Delegation to India
13:25 – 13:30 Closing remarks / vote of thanks
13:30 – 14:00 LUNCH