Council for Strategic Affairs

Council for Strategic Affairs

Strategic Affairs Round Table – “The Geopolitics of the Arctic Circle”

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Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Time: 10.00 AM EST (Washington D.C.) | 7:30 PM IST
(New Delhi)

Location: Online

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You are cordially invited to Strategic Affairs Round Table  
The Geopolitics of the Arctic Circle 
Saturday, August 12th, 2023, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST 

Distinguished Panelists 
Kanagavalli Suryanarayanan, ESQ – Panelist Statement
Dr. Sriparna Pathak – Panelist Statement
Ambassador Anil Wadhwa – Panelist Statement

Dr. A. Adityanjee, President 
Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture 

About the Distinguished Panelists 

Advocate Kanagavalli Suryanarayanan, ESQ

I am Kanagavalli Suryanarayanan, an Advocate and a Polar Law Expert from India.  I am the first ever Indian to study Masters (LLM) in Polar law (University of Akureyri, Iceland).I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Law (Gold medalist) with a specialization in International law, legislative drafting, and Intellectual property rights. 
I have been contributing towards India- Arctic relationship, advising on Arctic  policy matters and representing India’s interest in international forums and conferences. I research in the area of  Arctic, Antarctic, Third pole Law & Policy, Law of Sea, Indigenous Law, decolonial comparative law and IPR

Dr. Sriparna Pathak

Dr. Sriparna Pathak is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of the Centre for Northeast Asian Studies in the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) of O.P. Jindal Global University, (JGU) Haryana, India. She is also the Associate Dean for Admissions at JSIA, JGU. She teaches courses on Foreign Policy of China as well as Theories of International Relations. She has recently published a book titled ‘Drifts and Dynamics: Russia’s Ukraine War and Northeast Asia. Her previous work experience covers Universities like Gauhati University, Don Bosco University; the Ministry of External Affairs, where she worked as a Consultant for the Policy Planning and Research Division, working on China’s domestic and foreign polices; think tanks like Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi and Kolkata respectively, South Asia Democratic Forum in Brussels where she is a Research Fellow and the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research in New Delhi where she worked as a researcher.

Awarded a Doctorate degree from the Centre for East Asian Studies,

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2015, Dr. Pathak is fluent in English, Mandarin and Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali and Assamese.
She has been a recipient of the joint fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, India and the China Scholarship Council, Government of the People’s Republic of China, and she spent two years in China, actively researching various aspects of China’s domestic economy. Her areas of interest are China’s domestic economy, trade and economic relations between India and China and China’s foreign policy and economic linkages with the world. She is currently working on a project on China’s influence operations in India. She has been a resource person for various media organizations, colleges, Universities and think tanks within India and abroad.

Ambassador Anil Wadhwa(Retd)

Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, Indian Foreign Service joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979 and retired in 2017. Served as: Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs (2014-2016) with charge of Australasia and the Pacific, South East Asia, the Koreas, GCC, West Asia and North Africa.

Ambassador of India to:
· Italy and San Marino (2016-2017)
· Thailand (2011-2014)
· Sultanate of Oman (2007-2011)
· Poland and Lithuania (2004-2007)

Other assignments abroad:
· Commission of India, Hongkong (1981-1983)
· Embassy of India, Beijing, PRC (1983-1987)
· Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Geneva (1989-1993)

Organization for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague (1993-2000). Was in the original group of 20 experts who designed, drafted, set up rules, and recruited for the international organization specializing in chemical industry and destruction of chemical weapons.

In the course of a career of 38 years, in addition to political and strategic affairs, specialized in disarmament and economic relations. Represented India at international conferences, including as leader of senior officials level meetings of ASEAN, ASEM, BIMSTEC, East Asia Summit and Arab League; coordinated evacuation of Indian nationals from conflict zones of Iraq, Libya and Yemen; actively promoted Indian economic interests in areasof trade, investments into and out of India, and technology transfer. Served as Chairman of the Board of the World Food Programme (WFP), and Permanent Representative to the Food And Agriculture Organisation ( FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), dealing with agricultural finance, development, planning and assistance.

Currently, is partner in an LLP- India Pathfinders Strategic Advisers – which works on investments and acquisitions by foreign companies in India; is a Distinguished Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation; Independent Director on the Corporate Boards of Cosmo First, AGI Greenpac, Galfar Engineering and Consulting (India); is a Corporate Affairs Adviser in Jindal Steel & Power Ltd and serves on two Independent Company Advisory Boards of Larsen & Toubro – – Heavy Engineering & Buildings and Factories. He is also on the Advisory Boards of India Australia Business & Community Awards, the Newland Global Group (both based in Sydney, Australia), and has prepared India’s Australia Economic Strategy Report, which was released by the Minister for Commerce & Industry and Textiles in November 2020. Ambassador Wadhwa also speaks, writes and publishes on foreign policy, strategic issues and international trade and investment trends.

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