Foreign Policy Lecture Series

The foreign policy lecture series was launched in 2017 to encourage interest in foreign policy and international relations among students. The series provides an exclusive opportunity to students and young researchers to gain insights in the field of foreign policy through interaction with thought leaders and understand India’s prime foreign policy challenges and opportunities. The series also provides an excellent opportunity to the faculty at these Universities and educational institutions to have an in-depth discussion with the visiting speakers.

Lecture Topics

  • India’s Foreign Policy in the Twenty First Century: From Non-Alignment to Multi-Alignment
  • Dynamics of Change in South Asia: Challenges for India’s Foreign Policy
  • Political Islam and Global Jihad: Challenges for Global Security
  • Act East Policy and Implications for Northeast
  • Is there a Modi doctrine? The origin and priorities of Narendra Modi’s foreign policy
  • Global Challenges: India's Responses
    Act East Policy and Implications for the North-East
  • India’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean
  • India and the WTO
  • India’s Asian Relations
  • Contours of Emerging Global Multi-Polarity
  • India-Myanmar Relations under Modi Administration
  • The Making of Indian Foreign Policy Since Independence.
  • Development assistance in India’s Foreign Policy
  • US Foreign Policy in South Asia
  • The unfortunate history of Gilgit-Baltistan Since 1947
  • The Impact of External Intervention on International Relations.
  • Engagement with Pakistan: History, Opportunities and Challenges
  • Syria: The tragedy of a pivotal state and its implications in the Region and the World
  • From Look East to Act East, India’s Growing engagement with ASEAN and beyond.
  • Relations Between India & Pakistan in the Context of the Visits of the Prime Ministers of India to Pakistan (1947 to date)
  • Driving Foreign Policy: A Viable Pan – Regional Alternative to China’s Maritime Silk Route / Belt – and – Road Initiative


Ambassador S K Lambah
Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre,  Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India &  former  High Commissioner to Pakistan,  former Ambassador to Germany,  Russia , Hungary 

Ambassador Rajendra Abhyankar
Professor of Practice of Diplomacy and Public Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Ambassador Deepak Bhojwani
Adviser, Latin America & Caribbean, Ananta Centre & Former Ambassador of India to Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba

Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad
Adviser, West Asia & North Africa, Ananta Centre & Former Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman & UAE

Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar,
Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia

Mr. B. J. Panda, Former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha)

Dr. Sugata Bose
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Mr. Tarun Das
Founding Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre & Former Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhyay
Former Ambassador to Myanmar

Ambassador G. Parthasarthy, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research (CPR); former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan & Chairman of the Special Committee for Sardar Patel Memorial

Ambassador P S Raghavan,
Convener, National Security Advisory Board

Vice Admiral (retd.) Pradeep Chauhan,
Director, National Maritime Foundation & Adviser, Ananta Aspen Centre

Lt General Arvinder Singh Lamba,
Former Vice Chief of Army Staff

Ambassador Rudi Warjri,
Former Ambassador of India to Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica

Ambassador Arun K. Singh,
Former Ambassador of India to the United States

Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri,
Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times & Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Aspen Centre

Dr. Mohan Kumar
Chairperson Research & Information Systems in Developing Countries & Former Ambassador to France

Supported by

University Partners

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu

Central University of Gujarat

Dibrugarh University, Assam      

Goa University, Goa       

IILM University, Gurugram, Haryana       

Jadavpur University, Kolkata      

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi    

Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka

Manipur Central University,

Mizoram University, Mizoram   

Nagaland University, Nagaland 

North Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya              

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab

Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh

Savitribai Phule Pune University, Maharashtra   

Sikkim University, Gangtok         

Tripura University, Tripura          

University of Rajasthan