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International Seminar on
"Diaspora in India's Foreign Policy and National Security"
Venue: Conference Hall- II, India International Centre, New Delhi
Date: 6-7 November 2013
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration and Tea with the Chief Guest
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Inaugural Session
Chair
Shri. Soli Sorabji
President, India International Centre, New Delhi
Welcome
Amb. J.C. Sharma
Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs,
Member Secretary, High Level LM Singhvi Committee on Diaspora   &
 Chair, Conference Organising Committee
Introduction to the Conference
Prof. Ajay Dubey
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
Academic Convener of the Conference,
President, Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI)
Inaugural address
Chief Guest: Hon’ble Shri. Salman Khurshid
Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
Vote of thanks
Prof. S.N. Malakar
School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Technical Session I
Diaspora in Foreign Policy and National Security: Broader Theoretical Framework
Chair
Prof. Brij Lal
Australian National University, Canberra
Keynote Address:
Dr. Alan Gamlen
Project leader, Oxford Diaspora Programme,  Editor in Chief Migration Studies journal (OUP) , & Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Engagement

Keynote Address:
Dr. Maria Koinova,
Associate Professor, Warwick University, UK
Diasporas and Foreign Policy: Unanswered Questions and Comparative Challenges
Dr. Saeed Ahmed Khan
Dept. of Classical  & Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University,
Detroit, USA
Ontological Citizenship and Realignment of Rights and Responsibilities between the Individual and the State(s) in 21st Century Migration and Transnationalism: Some Implications on Foreign Policy and National Security
Discussant
Dr. Daniel Naujoks,
United Nations Development Programme,
Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI)
Academic Co-convener of the Conference
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
12:20 PM – 12:30PM
Tea Break
 
12:30 PM – 01:50 PM
Technical Session II
Diaspora in Indian Foreign Policy
Part I
Chair
Amb. Rajiv Bhatia,
Director General, Indian Council for World Affairs, New Delhi.
Dr. Dhooleka Sarhadi Raj
Ph.D, Cantab, Independent Researcher, Singapore.
Foreign Policy, Diaspora Strategies and State Sovereignty:“Aab NRIs Kee Yaad Aa Rahi Hai?” Overseas Citizens and Emigrant Infrastructure
Prof. K. S. Nathan
Principal Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Malaysia
The Indian Diaspora in Southeast Asia as a Strategic Asset of India’s Foreign and Security Policy: A Malaysian Perspective
Mr. Constantino Xavier
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, USA
Bringing the Diaspora Home: Challenges to India’s Expatriate Evacuation Operations
Discussant
Amb. Dayakar,
Former Joint Secretary(Diaspora), Ministry of External Affairs, Government  of India
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
01:50 PM -  02:50 PM
Lunch

02:50 PM – 04:20
Technical Session III
Diaspora in Indian Foreign Policy
Part II
Chair
Prof. Rajen Harshe,
Visiting  Professor, Department of International Relations
South Asian University, New Delhi.
Ms. Shubha Singh
Indian Scholar in Fiji, New Delhi
The Indian Diaspora and its impact on India’s outreach in the South Pacific
Prof. Sam Maghimbi
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social  Sciences(DUCE),  University of Dar Salaam, Tanzania
India and the potential of the East African Diaspora
Mr. Sharkdam Wapmuk
Research and Studies Department, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs,  Nigeria
Indian Diaspora in Nigeria: Role and Importance in Indian Policy towards Nigeria
 
Dr. Denison Jayasooria
Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia
India and the Indian Diaspora in Malaysia: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Human Rights Violations
Discussant
Dr. Ruchita Beri
Senior Research Associate,
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
04:10PM -  04: 20 PM
Tea
04:20 PM - 05:40 PM
Technical Session IV
Diaspora in Foreign Policy: Global Experiences Part: I
Chair
Dr. Daniel Naujoks,
United Nations Development Programme,
Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, Academic Co-convener of the Conference
Prof. Shinder Thandi
 Coventry University, UK
From Mobilising for Khalistan to Promoting Human   Rights:  Political Discourses and Advocacy among Sikhs in Britain and Implications for Indian Foreign and Diaspora Policy
Prof. Braj M. Sinha
Past President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Professor, Department of Religion and Culture, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Canada-India Education Cooperation: Indo-Canadian Diaspora in Soft Foreign Policy Arena.
Dr. Rup Narayan Das
Senior Fellow, Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, New Delhi   
Policy of Engaging Diaspora: Comparing and Contrasting the Experiences of India and China
Discussant
Dr. Sheetal Sharma
Assistant Professor, School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
END OF 
THE DAY
Thursday 7th November, 2013
09:30 AM – 11:10 AM
Technical Session V
Diaspora in Foreign Policy: Global Perspective
Part II
Chair
Amb. Kishan S Rana
Former Ambassador, Ministry of External Affairs,
Government of India
Dr. Irina Isaakyan and Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou
Global Governance Programme, European University Institute, Florence
The Soft Power of the American Diaspora: “We are not a Hollywood Nation-We are Middle-Class Americans!”
Dr. Kathryn Lum
CARIM India, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence
The Diaspora Race: The Competition for Diasporic Talent and Resources in China and India
 
Dr. P. A. Mathew
Director, Fisat Business School, Cochin, India
Diaspora and Soft Power - Indian and Chinese Experiences
Dr. Bijay Ketan Pratihari
Faculty Member, Academy of  international studies,  Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Ethiopian Diaspora: Role in Secession of Eritrea and Current Policy Formulation of Ethiopia
Discussant
Dr. Rajiv Nayan,
Senior Research Associate,
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi                             
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
11:10AM – 11:20 AM                   
Tea Break
  
11:20 AM – 01:00 PM
Technical Session VI
Foreign Policy and National Security: Indian Experience
Chair
Amb. Shashank
Former Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Amb. Kishan S Rana
Former Ambassador, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Diasporas and Security
Dr. Daniel Naujoks
United Nations Development Programme, New York/Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI) Academic Co-convener of the Conference
Dual citizenship as a security risk—Indian policy makers’ perceptions of security concerns and Overseas Citizenship of India
Dr. Rajesh Kadian
Chairman, United States-India Security Forum
Exploring the Links between the US Diaspora Populations and Indian National Security
Dr. Amit Gupta
Associate Professor, USAF Air War College, United States of America
Bane or Boon? The Indian American Diaspora as a Strategic Asset
Discussant
Dr. Amba Pande
Faculty Member, School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
01:00 PM - 02:15 PM
Lunch

 

02:15 PM – 03:35 PM
Technical Session VII
Foreign Policy and National Security: Global Experience
Chair
Prof. Aparajita Biswas
Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai,
Executive Vice-President, Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI)
Dr. Rohan Perera
Former legal advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka
Role and Significance of Diaspora in Post-Conflict Societies: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-conflict Reconciliation
Amb. Yogendra Kumar
Former Indian Ambassador, Philippines
Diaspora and Philippines Foreign Policy and National Security
Dr. Amba Pande
Faculty Member, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Role of Diasporas in Homeland Conflict/Conflict Resolution and Post-War Reconstruction: The Case of Tamil Diaspora and Sri Lanka
Discussant
Dr. Jamal Moosa,
School of International Studies,  Jawaharlal Nehru University
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
03:35PM – 03:45PM                       
Tea Break

 

03.45 PM – 05.25 PM
Technical Session VIII
Indian Foreign Policy: Strategic Significance of Indian Diaspora
Chair
Prof. S.N. Malakar,
School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dr. Yongkyu Chang,
Director, Institute of African Studies, Associate Professor, Division of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Structural Violence and the Social Position of sandwiched Indo-South Africans in Durban: Impact on Indo-South African Relation
Amb. Paramjit Sahai,
Former Secretary,
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Diaspora as a Strategic Asset: Bane or Boon –An
Indian Perspective
Prof. Aparajita Biswas,
Professor and Director, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai
Indian Diaspora in East Africa and its Role in Formulating India’s Soft Power
Dr. Vidhan Pathak
Assistant Professor, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai
Changing Importance of Indian Diaspora in South Africa in Foreign Policy and National Security of India: A 21st Century Perspective
Discussant
Dr. Nivedita Ray,
Joint Secretary, Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI)
Discussion / Questions & Answers
 
 
05.30 PM
Valedictory Session
Chair
Amb. J. C. Sharma,
Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs,
Member Secretary, High Level LM Singhvi Committee on Diaspora & Chair, Conference Organising Committee
Rapporteur’s Report                  
Veda Vaidyanathan
Research Scholar, University of Mumbai
Valedictory Address
Prof. S. D. Muni
Former Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Concluding Vote of Thanks and Recommendations of the Seminar
Dr. Daniel Naujoks,
Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives, Academic Co-convener of the Conference
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