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India US Relationship in the Asian Century

Saturday, June 29th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Roundtable Panelists
Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Dr. Joseph M. Chachil

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RoundTable Panelists
Ambassador Pradeep Kapur,
Dr. Joseph M. Chachil

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President
Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture
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About the Distinguished Panelists 

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is author of the Amazon Best Seller Book, “Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare”; Ambassador Pradeep Kapur received the 2020 IAPC (Indo American Press Club) “Excellence in Literature” Award, and the 2020 Raymond Aaron Group “Health for All” Award for his latest book. He is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat” with a distinguished career, working closely with Heads of Governments, Heads of State, and other global leaders and policymakers in different continents of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.- As an educator, he has taught at some of the most prestigious universities, including Sorbonne University, Paris; IIT Roorkee; MDI Gurugram; Georgetown University; University of Maryland College Park; and as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University.- Proud Alumnus of IIT Delhi, with B Tech (Electrical Engineering), and M Tech (Systems & Management Studies). Ambassador Kapur is currently working as International Strategic Adviser to Intellect Design Arena Inc.; Executive Director of “Smart Village Development Fund” at the WHEELS Global Foundation, an initiative of IIT Alumni in USA and India (supporting rural development in the areas of Water, Healthcare, Education, Energy, Livelihoods and Sustainability- with the acronym WHEELS); Director, Ambassador’s Circle, American Hindu Coalition; and Chairman, Advisory Council, DiplomacyIndia.com. He is invited regularly as a commentator on national TV channels for geo-political analysis; is the author of many articles and books; and speaks French and Spanish, besides various Indian languages. 

Dr. Joseph M. Chachil

Dr. Joseph M. Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE has served as Novo Integrated Sciences’ Chief Medical Officer since April 2022. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, he is board certified in healthcare management. Dr. Chalil has over 20 years of professional experience in health policy, medical affairs, and clinical development with an emphasis in both healthcare delivery and biotechnology. 

He is also a global healthcare executive, best-selling author and was recently awarded the prestigious Top Physician of the Year for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and innovative medical contributions.

 In addition, Dr. Chalil was the honored recipient of the AAPI Presidential Award (2015) and the Boehringer President’s Club Award for 2011, 2014, and 2015. His impressive repertoire of professional roles includes Adjunct Professor and Chair, Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, School of Business for Nova Southeastern University, and Member, NSU MD Executive Leadership Council.

Previously, Dr. Chalil has held positions at DBV Technologies, Boehringer Ingelheim, Abbott Laboratories, and Hoffmann-La Roche. Dr, Chalil is an author of several scientific and research papers in international publications. He is also the Chairman of the Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and a member of Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine Executive Leadership Council. 

He has been awarded a Fellowship by the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. Additionally, he is the former Chairman of the Indo-American Press Club. He is an expert in U.S. healthcare policy and a strong advocate for patient-centered care. A strong proponent of providing healthcare access to everyone, Dr. Chalil’s new book, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare, is on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.


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India US Relationship in the Asian Century

Saturday, June 29th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Distinguished Speaker
Professor Sumit Ganguly

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Distinguished Speaker
Professor Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President
Council for Strategic Affairs

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About the Distinguished Speaker 

Sumit Ganguly

Sumit Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Ganguly has previously taught at James Madison College of Michigan State University, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, a Guest Scholar at the Center for Cooperative Monitoring in Albuquerque and a Visiting Scholar at the German Institute for International and Area Studies in Hamburg. He has also held the Asia Chair at Sciences Po in Paris, and the Ngee Ann Chair in International Politics at the Rajaratnam School for International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi and the Buffet Professor at Northwestern University for 2013-2014.  In the 2017-2018, he was a Visiting Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. He spent the summer of 2018 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Heidelberg.

Professor Ganguly is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Studies Review and serves on the editorial boards of the Asian Security, Current History, the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Policy Analysis, The India Review, The Nonproliferation Review, Pacific Affairs and Security Studies. A specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 books on the region. His most recent books are the Oxford Short Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2015), Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016), (with William R. Thompson), Ascending India and Its State Capacity (Yale University Press, 2017) and the co-editor (with Nicolas Blarel and Manjeet Pardesi) of The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security (Oxford University Press, 2018) He is currently at work on a book that focuses on the origins and evolution of India’s defense policy for Columbia University Press.



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Collective Security in East Asia  and South East Asia: Strategic Considerations

Saturday, June 8th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST;  Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Roundtable Panelists
Brigadier Arun Sahgal, Dr. Satoru Nagao and Ambassador Gurjit Singh

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Roundtable Panelists
Brigadier Arun Sahgal
Dr. Satoru Nagao
Ambassador Gurjit Singh

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture
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About the Roundtable Panelists 

Brigadier Arun Sahgal(Retd)
Brig. Arun Sahgal (Retd) is Senior Research Fellow at Delhi Policy Group; An Executive Director for the Forum for Strategic Initiative, and Joint Director of Net Assessment, Technology, and Simulation at the Institute of National Security Studies in New Delhi and Founding Director of the Indian Net Assessment Directorate, created to assess long-term strategy. Following a distinguished 36-year career in the Indian Army, he served as Head of the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation, and Deputy Director of Research at the United Service Institution of India. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

Brigadier Sahgal was a member of the National Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, under India’s National Security Council and a consultant with DRDO, and continues to support Council through consultancy assignments. To add, He recently finished a monograph on Strategic Stability in South Asia for Sandia Laboratories, USA. He conducts simulation and strategic games at IDS, the Ministry of Defense, National Defense College, College of Defense Management, and other international clients. He is member of many Track 1.5 and 2 initiatives.

Head of the Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation, United Services Institute of India, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His research comprises scenario planning workshops, geopolitical and strategic assessments related to Asian security, and issues concerning nuclear doctrine and strategic stability in South Asia.

Being an Author has written extensively on Indian relations with China and Central Asia, and conducted net-assessment studies on Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the Asia-Pacific region. Also, His publications include co-authored books and net assessments for the IDS, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian National Security Council (NSC), among other clients.


Dr. Satoru Nagao
Dr. Satoru Nagao is a fellow (non-resident) at Hudson Institute, based in Tokyo, Japan. From December 2017 through November 2020, he was a visiting fellow at Hudson Institute, based in Washington, DC.

Dr. Nagao’s primary research area is US-Japan-India security cooperation. He was awarded his PhD by Gakushuin University in 2011 for his thesis, “India’s Military Strategy,” the first such research thesis on this topic in Japan. Gakushuin University is a premier institution from which members of the Japanese Imperial Family have also graduated.

Dr. Nagao holds numerous other research positions, including director at the International Security Industry Council, senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies


Ambassador Gurjit Singh
Former Ambassador of India to Germany, Indonesia, Ethiopia, ASEAN and the African Union

He Chaired the CII Business Task Force on Trilateral Cooperation in Africa including the Asia Africa Growth Corridor with Japan. He comments on current events on TV and in journals. His report on such cooperation in 2019, focused on private sector engagement to make Trilaterals successful.

He is associated with the social impact investment movement and is working on expanding it in Africa along with other trilateral initiatives, including with Japan, for B2B engagement. He is an independent director of companies achieving social impact. He is also associated with civil society efforts through the Aavishkar Foundation, and the Advisory Council of Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi.

Ambassador Singh is an avowed cinema buff having an interest in Indian cinema, which is both academic and historical. He is very fond of sports, including cricket and is a qualified umpire from the Kenya Cricket Association. He enjoys travelling, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and meeting people. His commitment to enhance outreach programmed in every assignment and to enlarge the agenda of engagement is well-known. He is considered a business-friendly developmental diplomat.


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China Bangladesh Partnership: Strategic Implications

Saturday, May 25th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Distinguished Speaker
Squadron Leader (Retd) Sadrual Ahmed Khan

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Distinguished Speaker
Squadron Leader (Retd) Sadrual Ahmed Khan
Member, Finance and Planning Affairs sub-committee, Bangladesh Awami League.

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President
Council for Strategic Affairs

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About the Distinguished Speaker 

Squadron Leader (Retd) Sadrual Ahmed Khan

Squadron Leader (Retd) Sadrual Ahmed Khan is a retired military officer turned into a second-generation politician of Bangladesh Awami League. At present he is a member of Finance and Planning Affairs sub-committee of Bangladesh Awami League. His area of interest is grassroots level population of constituency Moulvi Bazar-2, Kulaura Upozela . Diverse experience in Military, Civil, Parliamentary, UN Peacekeeping Operation qualifies him to contribute to achieve the
goal of the country’s “vision-2041” in variety of ways. He is working sincerely to carry the family heritage as second-generation politician. Father Late Abdul Latif Khan was a freedom fighter, liberation war organizer and one the founding member of Bangladesh Awami League.

Achievements
Recipient of Chief of Air Staff Commendation Certificate from Bangladesh Air Force, Appreciation letter from Force Provost Marshal of ONUCI, Chairperson Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and President Inter Parliamentary Union. As a political leader Received “Dubai Global Youth Leadership Award 2023” for social work and “Change Maker Award Dhaka 2022” as climate champion. Also, Commanded an independent unit BAF C&M(U) Lalmonirhat and Carried out duties of Chief of Liaison Committee in IPU Assembly and CPA Conference held in Bangladesh in 2017.  As a part of parliamentary delegation visited Nepal, India, Russia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, UK and Vietnam etc. After joining Awami League working at grassroots level to bring a change.


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“Did Europe Lose Ukraine War?”

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

Roundtable Panelists
Dr. Swasti Rao, Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana, Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (Retd), Ambassador Kanwal Sibal

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Roundtable Panelists
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

Chair
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

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 the Roundtable Panelists

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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India’s Presidency of G-20 and Role in Global Affairs?

Saturday, April 20th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Distinguished Speaker

Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

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Distinguished Speaker

Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

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About the Distinguished Speaker

Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Dr. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla is the Chief Coordinator of India’s G20 Presidency. Prior to this, he was India’s 33rd Foreign Secretary. His working life began in the private and public sectors with brief management stints at Brooke Bond India Ltd and Air India. In 1984, he qualified for the elite Indian Foreign Service after ranking 15th in the UPSC’s Combined Civil Service Examination. In his almost four-decade long diplomatic career, he served as India’s Ambassador to the United States of America and to Thailand, and as High Commissioner of India in  Bangladesh. He was also Consul General of India in Durban, South Africa and in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has worked on all major diplomatic geographies and issues during his long and distinguished career. His focus, however, has been on India’s neighbors as head of division in the Ministry of External Affairs and later as Foreign Secretary. His experience of the neighborhood, important in the era of ‘Neighborhood First’ diplomacy, is extensive. He is an experienced multilateral diplomat, having worked on two Indian tenures on the UN Security Council; served in the Indian Mission to the UN in New York; and as Permanent Representative to UNESCAP in Bangkok. He has headed both the UN Political and SAARC Divisions in headquarters. During his tenure as Foreign Secretary, he has managed key economic diplomacy initiatives; worked on overseas Indian issues and with the diaspora; and coordinated major evacuation and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations such as Operations Vande Bharat, Sagar (pandemic HADR), Ganga (Ukraine), Devi Shakti (Afghanistan) and Insaniyat (Bangladesh).

He dealt with some of the most pressing foreign policy issues, namely fallout of the Covid pandemic, India-China border issues at Ladakh, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and military takeover in Myanmar. The highlights of his career include his key role in launching the ‘Sonali Adhyay’ in India-Bangladesh relations. He was co-chair of the India-Bangladesh Joint Boundary Working Group which finalized the landmark India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement. He also organized the spectacular ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump jointly addressed almost 50,000 persons, in a rare display of the vitality and public support for India-U.S ties. He has addressed a wide range of institutions and interest groups, including think tanks, Universities and business associations in India and abroad. He has also written extensively for leading publications worldwide.

He has an interest in conflict prevention, a subject on which he has pursued a course at Columbia University. He has received the JT Gibson Award for Outstanding Alumni from his school, Mayo College, and was inducted into the ‘Order of Illustrious Stephanians’ by his university alma mater, St Stephen’s College. He has a D. Litt (doctorate) honoris causa from ICFAI University, Sikkim.  He has an avid interest in the outdoors and in sports. He has an interest in field hockey, having played at university. He has undergone professional courses at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and participated in several mountaineering expeditions.



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Roadblocks to the FMCT (Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty)

Saturday, April 13th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Roundtable Panelists
Dr. Daryl Kimball, Professor Reshmi Kazi, Ms Sanjana Gogna, Professor Yoichiro Sato

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Roundtable Panelists
Dr. Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association

Professor Reshmi Kazi, Nelson Mandela Center for Peace, Jamia Milia University

Ms Sanjana Gogna, Kelleher Fellow, UMD School of Public Policy

Professor Yoichiro Sato, BA (Law), Keio University, MA (International Studies)

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture
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About the Roundtable Panelists

Dr. Daryl Kimball
Dr. Daryl Kimball has been Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) and publisher and contributor for the organization’s monthly journal, Arms Control Today, since September 2001. For more than two decades at ACA, Kimball has led the organization’s education, research, and policy advocacy campaigns on a range of issues, including cancellation of new nuclear weapons programs, negotiation and ratification of the 2010 New START agreement, opposition to the controversial U.S.-India nuclear cooperation agreement, the conclusion of the 2015 P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. He is a frequent expert source for reporters and policymakers, and has written and spoken extensively about nuclear arms control, disarmament, non-proliferation, and the effects of weapons production, testing, and use. In 2004, National Journal recognized him and In 2011, the MacArthur Foundation recognized ACA.

Professor Reshmi Kazi
Professor Reshmi Kazi is serving as faculty and full professor at Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Jamia Millia Islamia. She was Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Her area of expertise includes India’s nuclear weapon policy, nuclear non-proliferation studies, nuclear security, nuclear terrorism and global nuclear disarmament. Also follow issues related to bio-terrorism and chemical terrorism and have written and published on these issues. She has Doctorate Degree from the Disarmament Division, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her Area of Specialization include Doctoral thesis is on Evolution of India’s Nuclear Doctrine: A Study of Political, Economic and Technological Dimensions. Earlier worked as a Research Fellow in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. During this period she worked on a project titled Weapons of Mass Destruction in South Asia, which was funded by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). In IDSA published a monograph titled “Nuclear Terrorism: The New Terror of the 21st Century”.  Been recognized for Specialties of expertise in Maritime and Naval Aviation back ground , conferences, seminars, conducting workshops in areas indicated, writing for print media. etc.

Ms Sanjana Gogna
Ms Sanjana Gogna is a first-year PhD student at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Her research mainly focuses on nuclear weapons strategy and deterrence theory. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Gogna was a research associate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she authored a paper on nuclear multipolarity with a specific emphasis on South Asia region. Gogna has also worked at the Center for Air Power Studies (CAPS), a think tank associated with the Indian Air Force, where she wrote a monograph titled “An Indian Perspective on China’s Nuclear Weapons”. Gogna received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Delhi. She also holds a master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey. While at MIIS, Gogna worked as a research assistant at the James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and was part of studies on nuclear security involving the United States, China and India.

Professor Yoichiro Sato
Professor Yoichiro Sato holds a BA (Law) from Keio University, MA (International Studies) from University of South Carolina, and Ph.D (Political Science) from University of Hawaii, and is currently at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Previously, he has also taught at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and Auckland University (New Zealand) and has been a visiting professor at multiple institutions. His more than ten published books include The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance (co-edited with Takashi Inoguchi and G. John Ikenberry, Palgrave, 2011), Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia Pacific (co-edited with Steve Rothman and Utpal Vyas, Routledge, 2017), and Re-Rising Japan (co-edited with Hidekazu Sakai, Peter Lang, 2017). His commentaries have appeared in various global media, including Time, Newsweek, Al Jazeera, Agence Presse Francais, and Nikkei Asian Review.


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China Philippines Maritime Conflict: Threat to Indopacific Security

Saturday, March 23th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Distinguished Speaker 

Admiral (Retd) Dr. Sanatan Kulshrestha

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Distinguished Speaker 

Admiral (Retd) Dr. Sanatan Kulshrestha 

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

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About the Distinguished Speaker

Admiral (Retd) Dr. Sanatan Kulshrestha

Rear Admiral S Kulshrestha is an alumnus of Jodhpur University with Gold Medal in Solid State Physics in his Post Graduation. He joined Indian Navy in the year 1975 and was awarded Silver Medal at the Naval Academy, the Telescope and the Sword of Honour for being adjudged the best Naval Officer during initial training. He did his specialisation in Quality Assurance of Naval Armament and adorned various key appointments at Naval Command Headquarters , DRDO establishments, Ordnance Factories and finally rose to become the Director General of Naval Armament Inspection (DGNAI) at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy). During his career spanning over three decades in the Armament Quality Organisation in the Indian Navy, he has gained and attained thorough knowledge of Quality Assurance of sophisticated naval armament, Quality Management Systems, Project Management, Negotiation on technical as well as financial subjects. 


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Effectiveness of the MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime)

Saturday, March 9th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes


Roundtable Panelists 

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Commodore R. Sesadri Vasan, Mr. Arun Ayyagari

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About the Roundtable Panelists

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur

Commodore R. Sesadri Vasan

Mr. Arun Ayyagari

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

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About the Roundtable Panelists 

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur
Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is author of the Amazon Best Seller Book, “Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare”; Ambassador Pradeep Kapur received the 2020 IAPC (Indo American Press Club) “Excellence in Literature” Award, and the 2020 Raymond Aaron Group “Health for All” Award for his latest book. He is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat” with a distinguished career, working closely with Heads of Governments, Heads of State, and other global leaders and policymakers in different continents of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.- As an educator, he has taught at some of the most prestigious universities, including Sorbonne University, Paris; IIT Roorkee; MDI Gurugram; Georgetown University; University of Maryland College Park; and as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University.- Proud Alumnus of IIT Delhi, with B Tech (Electrical Engineering), and M Tech (Systems & Management Studies). Ambassador Kapur is currently working as International Strategic Adviser to Intellect Design Arena Inc.; Executive Director of “Smart Village Development Fund” at the WHEELS Global Foundation, an initiative of IIT Alumni in USA and India (supporting rural development in the areas of Water, Healthcare, Education, Energy, Livelihoods and Sustainability- with the acronym WHEELS); Director, Ambassador’s Circle, American Hindu Coalition; and Chairman, Advisory Council, DiplomacyIndia.com. He is invited regularly as a commentator on national TV channels for geo-political analysis; is the author of many articles and books; and speaks French and Spanish, besides various Indian languages.

Commodore R. Sesadri Vasan
Commodore R. Sesadri Vasan is a naval officer with combined distinguished experience of 34 years from Navy and the Coast Guard which includes, staff, command and instructional appointments. To name a few, the appointments include Regional Commander of the Coast Guard Region East, Chief Staff Officer Operations of the Southern Naval Command, Commanding Officer of two naval air stations, a naval air squadron, war ships etc., 

More than nine years of think tank experience. Working in the field of Strategy and Security, International relations with a view to contribute to the understanding of these issues as well as to provide policy alternatives to stake holders of any description.

Specialties: Maritime and Naval Aviation back ground , conferences, seminars, conducting workshops in areas indicated, writing for print media. etc.

Mr. Arun Ayyagari
Instructor, Independent Political Consultant with years of experience as Political Editor known for his impeccable written and verbal communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.  

A Political TV Talk show host, Strategist with around 20 years of computer programming with an aptitude for political research and analysis.


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Ukraine-Russia War: Two Years and Beyond?

Saturday, February 24th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 8:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes


Distinguished Speaker 

Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana 

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Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana 

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Major General Shashi Bhushan Asthana

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.


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Texas US conflict: Geopolitical Implications

Saturday, February 17th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 9.00 AM Central; 7.00 AM Pacific ; 8.30 PM India, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes


Roundtable Panelists 

Mr. Burt Thakur, Mr. Akshar Prabhu Desai, Ms Caitlin O’Connor, Esq 

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Mr. Burt Thakur 

Mr. Akshar Prabhu Desai 

Ms Caitlin O’Connor, Esq 

Chair
Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

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Mr. Burt Thakur 

Burt Thakur started his professional and American dream in 980 when he joined to attend Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy and gave up his Indian Citizenship, in order to serve our country. Burt served as a nuclear reactor operator on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. He was honorably discharged in 2006, after serving for 6 years.

After the service, Burt moved to California and worked for MMR Power Solutions. He built, operated, and managed Co-gen power plants. He subsequently worked in critical power and is currently an engineering project manager facilitating construction processes for large data centers.

In 2020, during the week of the presidential election, Burt received national recognition, when he appeared on the television game show Jeopardy!, during Alex Trebek’s final season as a host. Burt became a Jeopardy! champion, but received the most attention for sharing his personal story of how the show changed his life. The moving story – a tribute to both his grandfather and the late Alex Trebek, would go on to be shared and seen by millions of people on television, social media, on Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, and various other media outlets across the globe, inspiring and reminding millions of Americans of the importance and impact of empathy, family, and the American Dream.

Mr. Akshar Prabhu Desai 

Akshar Prabhu Desai is a technologist from silicon valley and alumni of IIT Bombay. He is a classical liberal and has been writing about immigration, technology and edu policy on various platforms. He also runs IndicForum, a platform for History and Indology experts


Ms Caitlin O’Connor, Esq 

Caitlin M. O’Connor has been working with immigrants and non-immigrants for over 10 years as an Immigration Attorney and also recognized attorney at  American Immigration Law Group. She is committed to helping bring families together and help them navigate through the immigration process. Each of Caitlin’s clients know that they are important and are being treated fairly.

Caitlin attended Indiana University and has been an attorney since she graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2003. She is licensed in the state of Illinois and authorized to practice federal immigration law nationwide. Caitlin decided to pursue her passion for working with international clients after spending several years working closely with J-1 visa holders.

In her free time, Caitlin volunteers with immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis area through iHELP (Immigrant Home English Learning Program) and ISPN (Immigrant Service Providers Network), where she is Chair of the Legal & Housing Committee. Caitlin is a member of the Illinois State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Association of International Educators (NAFSA).


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Is Maldives a permanent national security threat to Bharat?

Sunday, January 28th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 8:30 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes


Distinguished Speaker 

Dr Saptarishi Basu 

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Distinguished Speaker 

Dr Saptarishi Basu

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Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

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Dr. Saptarshi Basu

Dr Saptarishi Basu is a carrier superintendent and graduated from premier government institute DMET /MERI – IMU-K Kolkata campus. He educated to be a MEO class 1 and extra first-class part A, PGDNA Naval architecture, M.B.A. Shipping logistics management, B. TECH in Marine Engineering and Certificate and executive course in strategic management

Affiliated and studied at Institute Directorate general of shipping, Mumbai University, AMET Chennai, TNOU Saidapet, Indian maritime University, Kolkata Campus and IIM Khozikode

Dr Saptarishi Basu is also an accomplished Marine Engineer, Naval Structural and Architect with 25 years of experience in Design Engineering services like ship building, conversion projects in dredgers, tugs, Marine engineering, offshore engineering, structural engineering, civil construction and project execution with complete life cycle management from project conception, bankable DPR, design, fabrication, erection, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance and occasionally decommissioning and scrapping / recycling

Dr Saptarishi Basu is an experienced professional and served as technical head and DPA as well as CSO of three companies quadrant maritime, Nautilus shipping, SSR shipping, Bapu shipping, algayas exports;

Developed the entire documentation system 3 to 4 layered, manuals company as well as vessel, forms and checklists as well as vessel type specific manuals, got DOC, DDOC audits done, initial, intermediate, renewal, Worked with prestigious clients like Adani ports and SEZ, friends group for floating cranes, Oil miners and exporters in Nigeria,Kandla port, Jindal ITF;

Participated as chief consultant in first in India underwater salvage operation for oil recovery and removal from sunken wreck at Mangalore under Bansal endeavors and Burhani steels;

Was involved in floating repairs of critical operation such as main hydraulic cylinder failures of split barge, floating extraction of propeller shaft and rudder assembly and renewal of stern bush, laser alignment of gear box and trans mission;

Conversion of propeller from open rounded edge propeller to kort nozzle propeller, conversion of propeller system to jet propulsion system;

Undertook diving operation for underwater polishing of the hull and propeller, underwater welding of the hinge pin support and bracket of the split barge main hydraulic cylinder;

Floating cofferdaming of sea chests and changing of the leaking sea chests valve, intermediate ruptured and leaking sea water pipelines with intermediate valves etc;

Docking and undocking specialists of vessels as well as lay-up commissioning; Advisers to wreck removal companies for underwater obstructions and sunken vessels offering innovative solutions;

Installation of captive power plant, super structure composite and steel and utilization of recycled steel for fabrication and vessel building etc.


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Stabilizing the Border: A Possible Way Ahead in the Post-Galwan Situation

Saturday, January 13th, 2024, 9.30 AM EST; 8:00 PM IST, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes


Roundtable Panelists 

Major General Dhruv Katoch, Brigadier Arun Sahgal, Ambassador Anil  Trigunayat

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Major General Dhruv Katoch 

Brigadier Arun Sahgal 

Ambassador Anil  Trigunayat

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Dr. A. Adityanjee, President, Council for Strategic Affairs

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Major General Dhruv Katoch
Major General Dhruv Katoch is an alumnus of Sherwood College Naini Tal, the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and the National Defence College, New Delhi, Major General Dhruv Katoch was commissioned in the DOGRA Regiment on 31 March 1972. In a distinguished career span of nearly four decades, he has held instructional assignments in the Infantry School, Mhow and The Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and senior staff appointments at the brigade, division and Corps levels. Besides the NDC, the General Officer is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Higher Command Course, Mhow. He has vast experience in sub conventional conflict, having taken part in IPKF operations in Sri Lanka as also operations against terrorists and insurgents in J&K and various states of North East India. He was commended by the Chief of Army Staff for operations against militants in Sri Lanka and was awarded Sena Medal while in command of his battalion in active operations on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He has commanded a Sector as well as a division in the North East and subsequently retired as Chief of Staff of an operational Corps. The General writes on defence and security related issues. He also writes on non military matters ? both fiction and issues of societal concern.

Brigadier Arun Sahgal
Brig. Arun Sahgal (Retd) is Senior Research Fellow at Delhi Policy Group; An Executive Director for the Forum for Strategic Initiative, and Joint Director of Net Assessment, Technology, and Simulation at the Institute of National Security Studies in New Delhi and Founding Director of the Indian Net Assessment Directorate, created to assess long-term strategy. Following a distinguished 36-year career in the Indian Army, he served as Head of the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation, and Deputy Director of Research at the United Service Institution of India. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

Brigadier Sahgal was a member of the National Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, under India’s National Security Council and a consultant with DRDO, and continues to support Council through consultancy assignments. To add, He recently finished a monograph on Strategic Stability in South Asia for Sandia Laboratories, USA. He conducts simulation and strategic games at IDS, the Ministry of Defense, National Defense College, College of Defense Management, and other international clients. He is member of many Track 1.5 and 2 initiatives.

Head of the Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation, United Services Institute of India, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His research comprises scenario planning workshops, geopolitical and strategic assessments related to Asian security, and issues concerning nuclear doctrine and strategic stability in South Asia. 

Being an Author has written extensively on Indian relations with China and Central Asia, and conducted net-assessment studies on Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the Asia-Pacific region. Also, His publications include co-authored books and net assessments for the IDS, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian National Security Council (NSC), among other clients.

Ambassador Anil  Trigunayat
Ambassador Anil Trigunayat has been a professional Indian Diplomat for over three decades serving India’s national interests across continents from Asia to Africa to Europe and Americas including Russia and USA . Prior to his superannuation in 2016 he served as India’s Ambassador to Jordan, Libya and Malta. He has studied in Agra, Kumaon and Jawahar Lal Nehru University . He also did research work at Oxford University on “WTO and Regional Trading Blocs”. He is a regular commentator on foreign affairs and a prolific writer. Currently apart from his association with various Think Tanks, Strategy Groups and Chambers of Commerce & Industries in India and abroad, he is a Distinguished Fellow with prestigious Vivekananda International Foundation , heading their West Asia Experts Group. His key areas of interest include West Asia, Africa, and Russia and serving India’s interests in conflict zones. Recently Government has appointed him as an Independent Director on the Board of WAPCOS a mini- Ratna Government Company. He is a Peace Ambassador with Unity Earth, Australia as well as a Rotarian serving the society to the extent possible. Apart from penning hundreds of articles , opinion pieces and commentaries on foreign policy issues in leading magazines and news papers he has recently edited a celebrated BOOK on “ Evolving Security Dynamic in West Asia and India’s challenges “ published by VIF and Pentagon Press and available on Amazon .


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The Realignment of Global Order In Kautilyan Paradigm

Saturday, December 16th, 2023, 10.00 AM EST; 8:30 PM IST; 4:30 PM CET, Online, 1 hours 30 minutes


Distinguished Speaker 

Ms Sumedha Verma Ojha

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Distinguished Speaker 

Ms Sumedha Verma Ojha


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Ms Sumedha Verma Ojha

Sumedha Verma Ojha is an author, visiting faculty, columnist and speaker. She was born in Patna, completed schooling in Bihar and Jharkhand, and graduated in economics from Lady Sriram College, New Delhi and post-graduated in sociology from Delhi School of Economics, under Delhi University.

She joined Indian Civil Services in 1992; but switched careers after a sabbatical in 2006. Since then she has been engaged in in-depth research on ancient Indian history and Samskrit and Prakrit works. She researched and wrote a book – ‘Urnabhih’ – set in the Mauryan period, based on Arthashastra of Chanakya. Later it expanded into a book series on the Mauryan Empire.

Sumedha works in the area of translating and explaining the epics and bringing ancient Samskrit/Prakrit literature into the modern world, also covering a gendered analysis of ancient India. Her free translation of the Samskrit Valmiki Ramayan was published in 2016. She is engaged in writing a book on the women of ancient India, which will set a new approach to understanding women, based on the emic Shaastric and Indic traditions of the subcontinent.


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