European Institute for Asian Studies
Book Talk - The EU and India: Rhetoric or Meaningful Partnership?
  • Start01:00 PM - Mar 11 2016
  • End02:30 PM - Mar 11 2016
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1000 Brussels
  • +32 2230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

Programme

12:30-13:00   Registration
13:00-13:10   Introduction by the Chair

Prof Olivier Arifon, Senior Associate, EIAS

13:10-13:40   Presentation of the Book

– Dr Pascaline Winand, Professor and Director of Studies, College of Europe
– Ms Poonam Datar, Monash University
– Dr Antonia Vicziany (via Skype), Monash University

13:40-14:00   Panel Discussion

– Representative from the European External Action Service (tbc)
– Representative from the Embassy of India (tbc)
– Representative from academia/think tanks (tbc)

14:00-14:30   Q&A

The EU and India: Rhetoric or Meaningful Partnership?

It is widely argued nowadays that the EU-India strategic partnership has lost momentum in the last decade. Bilateral ties are not receiving sufficient priority from both sides. Trade negotiations are deadlocked, despite the EU being India’s biggest trading partner. India has yet to discover the relevance of EU-India relations within evolving Asian security and economic architecture. However, there is significant untapped potential: Collaboration in research and innovation has expanded significantly and dialogues on global governance, energy, counter-terrorism, migration and mobility as well as human rights all show great potential. New dialogues could be initiated on Afghanistan, maritime security, development cooperation and the Middle-East.

The multi-disciplinary book that will be presented at this seminar (The EU and India: Rhetoric or Meaningful Partnership?) provides a comprehensive analysis of the EU-India relationship from 1950 to the present day, as a way of assessing whether a meaningful and sustainable relationship is emerging and whether it will play a role in the future of international diplomacy and business. The question comes at a time of significant changes in the re-configuration of global power. Using both historical insights and contemporary policy analysis, the authors investigate whether the social, economic and political interests of the EU and India are genuinely compatible. Leaders in both regions have been promoting the relationship for many decades, but the authors scrutinise their words to discover whether they are merely rhetorical gestures or reflect genuine complementarities. They also investigate the motivation behind the relationship, and provide an in-depth analysis of the areas of mutual interest and conflict. The book examines these issues in the context of the history of the EU–India relationship, alongside contemporary policy concerns.


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The multi-disciplinary book that will be presented at this seminar provides a comprehensive analysis of the EU-India relationship from 1950 to the present day, as a way of assessing whether a meaningful and sustainable relationship is emerging and whether it will play a role in the future of international diplomacy and business.



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