New Delhi, 13 January 2020
Leading think tanks from India and the European Union will come together on 14th January to discuss EU-India relations and further opportunities for enhanced cooperation against the background of the closer partnership in recent years, the new EU Strategy on India announced in November 2018, and the current global geo-political environment.
The conference ‘EU-India: Strategic Partners in 2020 and beyond’ seeks to identify priority areas for strengthening the EU-India strategic partnership with a strong focus on foreign policy, defence and security issues, and connectivity. Organized alongside Raisina Dialogue, it will see the participation of senior researchers and experts from the EU and India, representatives of EU Member States in India and senior officials from EU institutions in Brussels.
Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E. Mr. Ugo Astuto said:
“The EU-India Think Tanks Annual Conference will bring together leading scholars from Europe and India to discuss global, regional and bilateral issues of significance to the EU and India and jointly develop ideas on how to further strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership through cooperation. Facing increased instability in world affairs it is now more important than ever that the EU and India, two staunch defenders of the rules based order centred on multilateralism, work together to strengthen their cooperation – and we hope this event will help enrich EU-India relations in the run up to EU-India Summit in 2020.”
EU Ambassador Astuto will take part in the high-level opening session on ‘EU and India global priorities’ along with Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee (ret.) and Dr. C Raja Mohan of the Institute of South Asian Studies. Further discussions amongst senior European and Indian experts and researchers will focus on ‘Key Challenges in 2020’ and ‘Taking Forward the EU-India Strategic Partnership’.
Conference participants will comprise representatives from Indian and European think tanks and institutions including Brookings India; Carnegie India; Chatham House, Clingendael Institute, Netherlands; European Union Institute for Security Studies, Brussels; Friends of Europe, Brussels; Gateway House - Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai; Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi; Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi; Institute of International Relations, Prague; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Brussels; Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI); and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS).
Representatives of the EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative project are also participating in the 4th India Think Tank Forum, organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Think Tank and Civil Society Program University of Pennsylvania (TTCSP), in Delhi from 12-13 January 2020.
About the EU-India Think Tank Twinning Initiative (TTTI):
The EU-India TTTI was launched with the support of the EU Delegation to India in 2015 to promote better understanding and stimulate joint research between leading Indian and EU Think Tanks. It aims to foster such interaction through joint projects including research publications and events. The initiative feeds into the EU-India strategic relationship by suggesting concrete ideas and recommendations on how the EU and India can further strengthen their cooperation in the fields of foreign and security policy and global governance. The EU currently supports four EU-India think tank consortiums engaged in joint research to provide policy analysis and informed guidance to leadership in Europe and India. Since 2015, TTTI has provided innovative research on EU-India cooperation in a number of areas, including; Perspective on BRI, cooperation in connectivity, maritime security, counter-terrorism, defence, urbanization, crisis management to counter natural disasters, space, cyber security and data protection, peace building and global governance, and in other regions such as Central Asia, Africa, West Asia and Afghanistan. For more information,
To view the booklet ‘Strengthening the EU-India Strategic Partnership through Research’, a compilation of joint research papers on EU-India relations produced under the EU TTTI project, please visit:
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