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How the Chinese Negotiate with India 9 November 2021 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (IST)

India needs to understand Chinese negotiators. Chinese diplomats are ideologically driven while Indian diplomats are not. Therefore there are mismatch approach between two countries. The Chinese style of negotiation is complex as they carefully study the strengths and weaknesses of those they negotiate with and weigh their own strengths in comparison. This important session with Mr. Vijay Gokhale, Distinguished Professor, Symbiosis International, Pune chaired by Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, Former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Former Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India had explored the ways and means of negotiating with China.

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Wendy Sherman, US Deputy Secretary of State in conversation with
Jamshyd Godrej | 7 October

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in conversation with Mr Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman, Ananta Centre and Chairman & MD, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd. on October 7, 2021. This interaction, streamed live from the US Consulate in Mumbai, marked the end of her first trip to India since taking charge as her country's second highest ranking diplomat. The Deputy Secretary shared her vision for the future of India US cooperation in vaccines & health security, climate change, trade, Quad, Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, MSME collaboration and much more.

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The Afghanistan Conflict: On Ground Experiences from Kabul

Shubhajit Roy landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport on 13th August, 2 days before the Taliban entered Kabul, 1 week after they had seized the southern and western provincial capitals. He was in the city reporting for the Indian Express. On August 15th, as people back home celebrated 75 years of independence, he filed a copy from Kabul "(late in the evening) The Taliban take over the Presidential palace, formalising their capture of Afghanistan. A war of 20 years has come to an end with lightning speed. Coincidentally, at the hotel, the Internet has slowed down, while phone signals too seem to be failing.

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Is it time to Revaluate India's Foreign Policy? | 28 May, 2020

Some important aspects of India's vis-à-vis the international and regional orders, including the membership of UNSC and NSG; along with the impact of RCEP; and the need to reorient India's economy was covered by Mr Tarun Das, Founding Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre and Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth; Dr Naushad Forbes, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre; Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall; and Mr P S Raghavan, Chairman, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India and Former Ambassador of India to Russia. This important discussion was chaired by Ms. Indrani Bagchi, Senior Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India

The shape of the post-Covid India-Russia-China triangle | 28 July, 2020

Since its inception in 2005, the evolution of the RIC Dialogue has been influenced by the bilateral relationship of the three nations and by the transformations in the global geopolitical equations. This exciting conversation between Mr P S Raghavan, Chairman, National Security Advisory Board and Former Ambassador of India to Russia and Mr Vijay Gokhale, Former Indian Ambassador to China and Foreign Secretary had key elements of the RIC dialogue and explored how this would impact the post-COVID realignment of global geopolitical equations

Myanmar's China Dilemma | 21 July, 2020

Under the backdrop of Myanmar's discomfort with Beijing amid alleged support to the rebel groups in Myanmar by China's military establishment, this session, moderated by Mr. Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, Senior Assistant Editor, The Economic Times, Delhi had Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Former Ambassador of India to Afghanistan and Myanmar and Mr. G Parthasarathy, Chancellor, Central University of Jammu and Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan provide insights in to the dynamics of China-Myanmar partnership and challenges in that relationship and role of India as a balancing factor.

What Next for India's Neighbourhood First? | 15 March, 2021

In his important address, Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla covered vital aspects of India's approach to its neighbours manifested in the vision on "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishvas"- including the developmental assistance provided by India; the high impact infrastructure projects; developing India as an educational hub for the neighbourhood; and the collaboration on energy and electricity. The session chaired by Mr Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd; Chairman, Ananta Centre also featured some of the immediate and long term challenges facing India in the region.

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