Power and Identity Conference- India 2011

Identity and Asian Powers: What Does it Mean for Regional Cooperation?

Regional Conference in New Delhi, India, February 21-22, 2011

February 21, 2011
9 am- 6 pm
Identity and Asian Powers: What Does it Mean for Regional Cooperation?
Co-sponsored by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS)
India International Center, New Delhi

IPCS Conference Agenda

February 22, 2011
9:30 am- 12 pm
Seminar- Power and Identity in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi

IDSA Seminar Agenda

Summary

On February 21 and 22, the Sigur Center organized two events held in New Delhi, India. The events were sponsored by a generous grant from the MacArthur Foundation. They were organized in a partnership with, and hosted by, two of the most prominent think-tanks in India: the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania has recently ranked IPCS as a top-40 think-tank in Asia.

The conference addressed pressing identity issues in Asia and their impact on the future of the region and on the United States foreign policymaking. The presenters focused on the key identity issues in China, India, Japan, and South Korea, respectively, such as the consequences of a divided Korea and the implications of Japan’s identity as a peace state. Prominent experts from the United States, India, and from elsewhere in Asia presented their research. The presenters were:

  • Prof. Mike Mochizuki, George Washington University
  • Prof. Deepa Ollapally, George Washington University
  • Prof. Gregg Brazinsky, George Washington University
  • Prof. Song Wei, Peking University
  • Prof. Isao Miyaoka, Keio University, Tokyo.

It is particularly notable that the Dean of the Elliott School at GW, Michael Brown, attended and contributed to the events.

Prominent experts from India attended the events, participated as discussants, and contributed important insights into the question of the links between identity and international relations in Asia. These experts are have backgrounds in high levels of the Indian academia, civil service, military, and/or the press. The conference participants included:

  • Prof. Bharat Karnad, Former Member of the (First) National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council, Government of India
  • Amb. Arjun Asrani, Former Indian Ambassador to Japan
  • Rear Admiral K Raja Menon, Chairman of the task force on Net Assessment and Simulation in the National Security Council
  • Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee, Mentor, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS)
  • Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Honorary Director General, Institute of Peace and
    Conflict Studies (IPCS)
  • Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor of Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Prof. Vjayanti Raghavan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Dr. Rajesh Rajagopalan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Krishnappa Venkatashmy, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
  • Siddharth Varadarajan, the Strategic Affairs Editor of The Hindu, who was the keynote speaker at the event organized by ICPS.