Year 2014-15

1. Name of the Project: Roundtable of BIMSTEC Network of Think-Tanks


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Venue & Date: University of Calcutta, Alipur Campus, Kolkata on 28th March 2015 ~ Organized by Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD) and BNTT in Collaboration with CUTS International Public Policy Centre (CIPPolC) and Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS).

Source of Funding: CUTS International Public Policy Centre (CIPPolC) and Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS).

Nature of the Project: The Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD) organised a Roundtable of BIMSTEC Network of Think-Tanks – “BIMSTEC Integration: Challenges and Tasks Ahead” in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), University of Calcutta and CUTS International Public Policy Centre (CIPPolC). CSIRD being the sole institution involved in sustained research on BIMSTEC and managing an independent BIMSTEC Network of Think Tanks (BNTT), is committed towards providing research based policy inputs to the BIMSTEC integration process. This second Roundtable was attended by prominent Think-Tanks from the BIMSTEC region and diplomatic representatives of the BIMSTEC Countries based in Kolkata. The Roundtable was conceptualised and organised at a very short notice and this would not have been possible without the support of various organisations and indivisuals. At the outset, we wish to thank the Secretary General of BIMSTEC, Amb. Sumith Nakandala for his appreciation of our efforts and encouraging us to deepen our involvement in BIMSTEC. We extend our deepest gratitude to Professor Suranjan Das, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of University of Calcutta and the Director of Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS) for agreeing to support us in this effort and extending major financial support. Our gratitude is also due to Shri Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General of CUTS International for bringing CUTS International Public Policy Centre (CIPPolC) into the BNTT fold and lending us a helping hand for the Roundtable. His promise of continuous support in future is highly appreciated and encouraging.

2. Name of the Project: Europe and Emerging Asia

Europe and Emerging Asia was organized on 13th September 2014 in Kolkata by Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD), Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies (MAKAIAS) and European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

Source of Funding: Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD), Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies (MAKAIAS) and European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

Nature of the Project: The conference was held to understand the rise of Asia as the 21st century is being termed the Asian Century owing to the rapid rise of few economies in Asia, particularly the economies of China and India; the two most populous countries of the world. Along with Japan, these three Asian giants are projected to occupy the centre-stage of international system sooner rather than later. Europe on the other hand is experiencing a plateau in its economic growth and the US’s supremacy as the biggest economy is under threat from China. There are both positive and negative prognoses about the rise of Asia in the international community. In existing literature the positive prognosis comes mainly from Asian scholars who see the rise of Asia as regaining Asia’s pre-seventeenth century economic status that was lost to the West due to the industrial revolution and urbanization in Europe.

3. Name of the Project: the 10th K2K ( Kolkata to Kunming Forum)

the 10th K2K ( Kolkata to Kunming Forum) “Seizing New Historic Opportunity and Deepening Pragmatic Cooperation between Yunnan and West Bengal, China and India” was organized during 25-26 November, 2014 in Kunming, China.

Nature of the Project: This Forum is a bilateral initiative which is held annually between West Bengal Province of India and Yunnan Province of China for India-China cooperation. The year 2013 witnessed the change of guard in China with XI Jinping and Li Keqiang taking over as the President and Premier of China respectively. Noteworthy, that the Premier chose India as the destination of his first overseas visit, though, along with an untimely and unnecessary visit to Pakistan. However, the Li visit did steer the India-China relationship firmly in a positive direction. Eight specific agreements were signed; all facilitating interactions at various levels. Indications were made to interact in as many matters possible and to open up means of communication between the two countries. The idea of a regional corridor crossing through Bangladesh and Myanmar connecting Kolkata to Kunming was regarded as worth pursuing. It may be too early to establish an economic corridor covering India, China, Bangladesh and Myanmar but given the nature of Indian and Chinese economies and the inherent complementarities that exist in their economies it is worth investing in possibilities of greater economic interactions between India and China.

4. Name of the Project: Roundtable on BIMSTEC Regional Cooperation

Roundtable on BIMSTEC Regional Cooperation organized on 03.12.2014 in Kolkata.

Source of Funding: CSIRD

Nature of the Project: As you know setting-up of BIMSTEC Secretariat at Dhaka has lead to renewed interests in BIMSTEC Regional Cooperation and Integration process. West Bengal and Northeast India have been playing a pivotal role in regional integration in BIMSTEC. CSIRD is associated with BIMSTEC over a decade now. It has contributed several seminal works on BIMSTEC including a flagship study entitled BIMSTEC Cooperation Report. The roundtable was held to discuss the present and future course of BIMSTEC.

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