As the centre of gravity of global politics and economics continues to shift to the Indo-Pacific, Indian foreign policy is also undergoing a significant transformation. India as a central player in the Indo-Pacific is keen to shape the institutional and normative underpinnings of the emerging regional architecture. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech at the 2018 Shangri La Dialogue, articulated New Delhi’s vision for the Indo-Pacific as a “free, open, inclusive region, which embraces us all in a common pursuit of progress and prosperity.” In this special session, India in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers and Constraints, we will discuss and debate the factors that are shaping New Delhi’s policy approach towards the region as well as major constrains, both international and domestic, that affect India’s Indo-Pacific strategy, specifically focusing on the role regional and extra-regional powers are playing in New Delhi’s diplomatic and security choices.
About the speakers
Professor Louise Tillin is the Director of King’s India Institute and Professor of Politics.
Professor Harsh V Pant is a Professor of International Relations with King's India Institute. He is Director, Studies and Head of the Strategic Studies Programme at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.
Dr Anupam Ray (Joint Secretary, Policy Planning & Research, Ministry of External Affairs, India)
Ms Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, Times of India
Amb Gurjit Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to Germany, Indonesia, the ASEAN and the African Union
Professor Shankari Sundararaman, Professor, Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande (Retd), former Head of Indian Naval Intelligence.