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Minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges

June 27 2024

Organised by the Indo-Pacific Circle in collaboration with the Centre For Public Policy Research, this discussion explores the rising trend of Minilaterals in the Indo-Pacific and its role in (re)shaping regional institutional architecture, even as the international order is seen to be transitioning towards Multipolarity. Chaired by Dr Shreya Upadhyay, and featuring expert speakers Dr Jagannath Panda, Dr Premesha and Prof Kei Koga, the discussion further delves into the evolving dynamics of Minilateralism and its relevance for the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

"Decoding Indo-Pacific Conflicts: The Interplay of Security, Economy and Geopolitics"

February 23 2024

The Indo-Pacific Circle in association with the School of Liberal Studies, UPES Dehradun organised a webinar that delves into conflict dynamics emanating from three subregions in the Indo-Pacific and their implications for the economy, security and geopolitics in the region. The discussion focuses on Conflict and Instability in West Asia, Chinese disinformation and misinformation in India's Neighbourhood and its ramifications, tensions in the South China Sea and risks for an open and free Indo-Pacific.

"Developing an Indo-Pacific Vision for Global AI Governance"

December 22,2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the world, and its impact is likely to be even more profound in the Indo-Pacific region. AI has the potential to boost economic growth, improve healthcare and education, and create new jobs. However, it also poses challenges, such as the potential for job displacement, the misuse of AI for surveillance and control, and the development of autonomous weapons systems. The Indo-Pacific region is at the forefront of AI development and deployment. China, the United States, and India are all investing heavily in AI, and the region is home to some of the world's leading AI companies. This gives the Indo-Pacific a unique opportunity to develop a vision for global AI governance that is both responsible and ethical. This webinar will bring together experts from academia, government, and the private sector to delve into the state of AI Development and deployment in the Indo-Pacific region, and the challenges and opportunities thereof. It will further seek to identify principles of responsible and ethical AI Governance and explore specific policy proposals for promoting it in the Indo-Pacific region.
In this context, the Indo-Pacific Circle in association with the Indic Pacific Legal Research and the Indian Society of Artificial Intelligence and Law will organise a webinar on Developing an Indo-Pacific Vision for Global AI Governance.

Conflicts At Crossroads: Trans-regional Security Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific

November 1st, 2023

This webinar organised by the Indo-Pacific Circle in association with the Centre for Northeast Asian Studies(CNEAS), Jindal School of International Affairs(JSIA), brings out regional perspectives to understand how cross-border conflicts acquire transregional dimensions and emerge as drivers of instability in the Indo-Pacific. Mainstream discussions on conflicts usually revolve around the state-centric dimension of security, often neglecting the human impact of this problem. Most countries in South and Southeast Asia are affected by persistent and protracted conflicts that involve security implications for the Indo-Pacific region. Emergent threats are no longer confined to specific state territories and therefore establish the need for revisiting the nature and division between traditional and non-traditional security threats. This webinar will comprehensively analyse transborder conflicts, migration, and the intersecting dimensions of human and state security.

Assessment of India's G20 Presidency

September 9th, 2023

The Indo-Pacific Circle in collaboration with the Department of International Studies, Stella Maris College(Autonomous) Chennai, organised a webinar on 'Assessment of India's G20 Presidency

Decoding ASEAN Maritime Outlook

August, 24th, 2023

This discussion involves an exchange of ideas on the significance of the ASEAN Maritime Outlook(AMO) document and what it means for maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. The panellists offer insights into pressing concerns like marine pollution, IUU fishing and degrading marine ecology, further highlighting the need to build cooperative mechanisms for addressing non-traditional maritime security threats in the Indo-Pacific region.

The United Nations and the Law of the Sea: Mediating International Maritime Disputes

August,11th, 2023

The Indo-Pacific Circle in association with CMS College Kottayam organised a webinar on the theme of the United Nations and the Law of the Sea and the role it plays in mediating international maritime disputes. The discussion explores the importance of UNCLOS in understanding maritime issues and further delves into maritime security concerns arising from the South China Sea dispute and the strategic competition taking shape in the Indian Ocean Region.

Building a Sustainable Indo-Pacific

June 16th, 2023

The Indo-Pacific Circle in partnership with Earth System Governance welcomes you to an online webinar on approaches to building a Sustainable Indo-Pacific.

A densely populated region at varied economic development stages, disproportionately vulnerable to climate change and increasing natural hazards, the Indo-Pacific's need for sustainable development remains pressing, and room for innovative thinking is equally increasing.

Against this backdrop, the upcoming issue of the Indo-Pacific Review centres around the theme "Building a Sustainable Indo-Pacific". Four experts will discuss the theme of the journal and share their insights on approaches to climate governance in the region.

This will be followed by an open discussion and Q&A with the online participants. The discussion will be moderated by Ms Rushali Saha.

Webinar: Climate Governance in Southeast Asia

April 26th, 2023

Southeast Asia faces several challenges in climate governance – from financial and capacity to institutional and policy. This event will analyse climate change-related governance architectures and cover issues of justice and equity in the context of regional and global climate governance.

The Legacy of Vaccine Diplomacy & "Post"-Pandemic Indo-Pacific Cooperation

February, 8th, 2023

Following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the panel seeks to explore the legacies and reverberation of "vaccine diplomacy" efforts, vaccine inequities throughout the region, regional vaccine development attempts, and how they have altered regional dynamics in the Indo-Pacific today.

WEBINAR: Evolving Ties in the Indo-Pacific: Japan-Australia with Regional Perspectives

February 13, 2023

Keeping in mind the increasing visibility of the Quad and growing questions of Japan joining AUKUS, the quality and influence of Australia and Japan's relationship continues to gain traction in the Indo-Pacific. This panel, hosted by the Indo-Pacific Circle, seeks to assess the relationship and its defense ties, and map out how it could shape the region and neighbouring countries in the years to come. This panel also draws upon perspectives from India and the USA on wider regional implications.


September 8th, 2022

This roundtable was hosted by the Indo-Pacific Circle in partnership with the 9DashLine. The discussion focuses on India's attempts to boost its trade from outside international major trade agreements like RCEP and CPTPP, which have brought a myriad of economies together. As Washington and Beijing vie for influence in the capitals of the Indo-Pacific, India seems to be trying to garner influence from outside the largest trade agreements ever signed. Some of the key questions addressed are: How effective has the Act East Policy been in boosting economic links between India and the region? What challenges does India face in boosting its economic reach in critical areas across the Indian Ocean? What are the consequences of staying out of CPTPP and RCEP?

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