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Over the last decade the world has seen the politicisation of interstate relations, a rekindling of great power rivalries, pushback against globalisation, and an increasingly ineffective global order in terms of dealing with major challenges such as pandemics, economic slowdowns, and wars. The world seems adrift, between orders, and faces a real prospect of economic recession and a debt crisis in the global south.
The discussion will focus not on a diagnosis of the issues and problems, which are many, but on prescriptions for how countries, nations, and firms might cope with rising uncertainty and higher geopolitical risk in the international system. It will also cover where the multiple revolutions in technology, energy and military affairs may be taking us.
Ambassador Shivshankar Menon is currently a visiting professor at Ashoka University, India, and Chair of the Ashoka Centre for China Studies. He was previously the National Security Advisor from 2010 to2014, the Foreign Secretary of India from 2006 to 2009, and the Indian Ambassador or High Commissioner to China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Israel. He has published two books, Choices; Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy in 2016 and India and Asian Geopolitics; The Past, Present in April 2021.
Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. He teaches international relations and public policy at Takshashila’s graduate programmes.Pai is a regular columnist for Mint and The Print. He was a gold medalist from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, and an alum of National College, Bangalore. Before founding Takshashila, he spent more than a decade at the Singapore government as a policymaker in the technology sector.
Latha Reddy is the former Deputy National Security Adviser of India where she was responsible for cybersecurity and other critical internal and external security issues. She also served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
Ms. Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975-2011. She was then appointed as India’s Deputy National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2011-2013. She is involved with several organizations and think-tanks, both globally and in India. She is currently, among other positions, a Distinguished Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation and also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the Takshashila Institution.