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“Did Europe Lose Ukraine War?”

May 11 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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You are cordially invited to Strategic Affairs Distinguished Roundtable – “Did Europe Lose Ukraine War?”

Saturday, May 11th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST
Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Distinguished Panelist Speakers
Dr. Swasti Rao, Senior Fellow, MPIDSA,
Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana, Strategic and Security Analyst, Ph.D
Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (Retd),
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, Former Former Foreign Secretary to GOI

Dr. A. Adityanjee, President Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture 

The implications of Europe’s perceived losses in Ukraine are multifaceted and have far-reaching consequences

  1. Geopolitical Shifts: Europe’s inability to prevent or mitigate the conflict in Ukraine may lead to a shift in geopolitical dynamics. It could weaken Europe’s influence on regional and global affairs, affecting alliances, trade relationships, and security cooperation.
  2. Security Concerns: The ongoing conflict poses security risks for European nations. Escalation of hostilities or territorial gains by Russia could directly impact European stability and safety. European countries may need to reassess their defense strategies and military preparedness.
  3. Economic Impact: The war disrupts trade routes, energy supplies, and economic ties. Europe’s economic interests in the region could suffer due to instability, sanctions, and market volatility. European businesses may face challenges operating in a conflict-affected environment.
  4. Humanitarian Crisis: The conflict has resulted in displacement, loss of life, and human suffering. Europe may face an influx of refugees seeking safety, putting pressure on social services, infrastructure, and public sentiment.
  5. Diplomatic Strain: Europe’s response to the conflict affects diplomatic relations with other nations. Balancing support for Ukraine with maintaining dialogue with Russia is a delicate task. Europe’s credibility as a mediator or peacemaker may be at stake.
  6. Energy Dependency: Europe heavily relies on Russian energy supplies. Any disruption due to the conflict could impact energy security and prices. Diversifying energy sources becomes crucial.
  7. Public Perception: Perceived losses in Ukraine may erode public confidence in European leadership. Citizens may question the effectiveness of European institutions and their ability to safeguard regional stability.

In summary, Europe’s perceived losses in Ukraine have implications across political, economic, security, and humanitarian domains. Navigating these challenges requires strategic foresight, cooperation, and resilience.

About Distinguished Panelist 

Dr. Swasti Rao
Dr. Swasti Rao is an Associate Fellow at the Europe and Eurasia Center, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.
She has an MA and MPhil in International Politics from JNU and has completed her PhD in Advanced International Comparative Politics from Tsukuba University, Japan. She also holds an adjunct research position at the University of Tokai, Japan. Before joining MP-IDSA she was teaching Strategic and Security Studies at Aligarh Muslim University. She specializes in foreign, defense and security policy of European countries. Her research interests explore dimensions of the securitization debate in Europe, Migrant Crisis, Europe’s Outreach to Indo -Pacific, Defence Cooperation between India and Major European Players, Multilateral Cooperation for Space Situational awareness and Maritime Domain Awareness. She also explores Europe- Japan relations and its global implications. She also explores Europe- Japan relations and its global implications. She has published with Routledge on intelligence sharing in the Indo Pacific and her forthcoming work with them is on Climate Change and Space Debris issues with special focus on emerging space race.

Before joining MP-IDSA she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategic and Security Studies, AMU where she taught courses on European Security, Rise of China and implications for World Order, Research Methodology and UN Peacekeeping. She has also been Research Associate at the Graduate School of Humanities and Politics at the University of Tsukuba, Japan from 2011-2016. She has been a Principal Investigator in  Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) funded project, ”A Comparative and Empirical Study of the Structural  Changes in Politics” from 2011-2014.

Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana
Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana is Globally acknowledged Strategic and Security Analyst, Ph.D. from JNU, has authored over 450 publications. Veteran Infantry General with 45 years of experience at national and varied international fields. Former Director General Infantry in Indian Army. Held key appointments in Army and United Nations. Director Courses, USI of India, the oldest think tank of India. TV commentator having participated in over 2500 TV shows globally. Speaker in various Strategic, Military forums, UN Organizations, Think tanks and Universities. Interviewed by various National and International news channels,  newspapers and organizations on strategic, military and UN related subjects.

Currently On Governing/Security Council Confederation of Education Excellence CEE, International Organisation of Education Development (IOED). On Advisory Board of Global Advisors Consultants Corporation, IOED representative in UN Headquarters, Vienna, Austria. Distinguished Expert, Bharat Centre of Canada. Advisor Amity University, Bharat Media LLC, USA, Member Norway based UN organization-Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON). Former member Expert Group Challenges Forum, Sweden. Awarded twice by President of India, twice by UN, CEE excellence award for Nation building by Governor of Haryana. Awarded for “International Diplomacy and Global Conflict Resolutions” by IOED twice, a Consultative body for ECOSOC and International Police Commission – IPC India, by former Prime Minister of Moldova.

Major General Harsha Kakar (Retd) –  Read Major Kakar dialogue & summarization of topic
He was the head of department in strategic studies at the College of Defence Management, where he wrote extensively on futuristic planning and enhancing joint operations. He also served as part of the United Nations peace keeping operations in Mozambique. In addition to training courses in India; He attended the National Security Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He was recognized to be the first officer from India to attend National Security Studies Course. Later he was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in Jun 1979 & superannuated in Mar 2015 as a Major General.

During his military service, He held a variety of appointments in every part of the country. Then after his superannuation, He settled in Lucknow where he extensively writes for couple of newspapers, magazines and online newsletters. His articles span a wide spectrum covering international relations, strategic threats (both military and non-military with emphasis on South Asia), defence planning and capacity building, national security and politico-military cooperation.Also, invest his time to be a security analyst on multiple TV channels.

Ambassador Kanwal Sibal
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, Former Former Foreign Secretary to GOI, comes with 41 years of diplomatic experience, was India’s Foreign Secretary. He was Ambassador to Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia and DCM in Washington (with rank of ambassador). He has written more than 700 Op-Eds and other articles for major Indian and foreign publications. He has received the Padma Shree award ( 2017) for public service. To add detail he is a career diplomat who retired as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. In 2017, The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri award for his distinguished services in the field of Public Affairs.
In Early life and education; He was born on 18 November 1943 to noted Lawyer Hira Lall Sibal, Padma Bhushan awardee. He graduated with an MA in English from Punjab University. He later graduated from the World Information Distributed University with the scientific degree of International Doctor of Philosophy and the scientific degree of Grand Doctor of Philosophy. Also, in June 2006. He was the First Grand Doctor of Philosophy in India and received the title of Full Professor from the European Academy of Informatization and the World Information Distributed University-WIDU.

His Diplomatic career initially he was appointed to the Indian Foreign Service in July 1966. Later, He served in Paris (August 1968 to July 1973), Dar es Salaam (August 1976 to October 1979), Lisbon (February 1980 to July 1982), and Kathmandu (July 1982 to September 1985). Dr. Sibal also served as Joint Secretary (Administration/West Europe) in the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India from January 1986 to April 1989, the Ambassador of India to Turkey (April 1989 to July 1992), the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington (August 1992 to September 1995), the Ambassador of India to Egypt (September 1995 to March 1998), the Ambassador of India to France (March 1998 to June 2002) and Ambassador to Russia (2004 to 2007).

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