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Eurasian Online Seminar

The International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and the Department of International Relations of National Research University Higher School of Economics have launched a new Eurasian Online Seminar. We will be hosting outstanding speakers on international relations, world economy, and regional studies from various countries with some connection to the concept of Greater Eurasiaa huge area whose geopolitical importance is growing fast.

The First Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

The first seminar was conducted on Friday, April 10, 2020, by the patriarch of East Asian studies, Professor Ezra Vogel from Harvard University.

Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard. Professor Vogel succeeded John Fairbank to become the second Director (1972-1977) of Harvard's East Asian Research Center and Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies (1977-1980). He was Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Center for International Affairs (1980-1987) and, since 1987, Honorary Director. He was Director of the Fairbank Center (1995-1999) and the first Director of the Asia Center (1997-1999). He taught courses on communist Chinese society, Japanese society, and industrial East Asia. The Japanese edition of Professor Vogel's book Japan as Number One: Lessons for America (1979) remains the all-time best-seller in Japan of non-fiction by a Western author. He officially retired in 2000 but takes part in researches and East Asia related activities. His more recent influential books include Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (2011) and China and Japan: Facing History (2019).

In his lecture, Professor Ezra Vogel described the main periods of cooperation between Japan and China after the end of World War II, and made a forecast regarding the further development of relations between the countries in the next decade.

The Second Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

On Friday, April 17, 2020, the second session of the “Eurasian Online Seminar” hosted a world-renowned scholar and expert on Russia and Eurasia, President of American University of Central Asia Dr Andrew Kuchins.

Andrew Kuchins received his M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1992) in Soviet Studies and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his B.A. magna cum laude in Russian Studies from Amherst College in 1981. Dr. Kuchins has held faculty, research, and administrative positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). Most recently, from 2015-2019, Dr. Kuchins was a Research Professor at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service where he taught and ran the Russia Futures program. Before that he directed the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC (2007-2015) and directed the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, including running the Carnegie Moscow Center for three years, from 2000-2007. He has authored, edited, and co-authored seven books on the region, more than 150 book chapters, monographs, reports, journal articles, and op-eds on the region and is frequently called upon by global media, governments, and leading private sector companies and investors for consultation. His most recent article “What is Eurasia to Us (the U.S.)?” was published in a special issue of Strategic Analysis journal and then turned into a book chapter of The Roads and Belts of Eurasia edited in our Laboratory by its head Professor Alexander Lukin and published earlier this year by Palgrave Macmillan.

In his lecture titled “The US Approach to Eurasia” Andrew Kuchins described the U.S. policy in Eurasia from the collapse of the Soviet Union up to the present. In conclusion, the researcher assesses whether the United States achieved the geopolitical goals that it set in Eurasia.

The Third Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

On Friday, April 24, 2020, the third meeting of the Eurasian online seminar was held, at which a world-renowned expert on the Asia-Pacific regionalism, Professor Mark Beeson, spoke. The topic of the seminar was the rise of the Indo-Pacific and the strategic competition in Australia's region. 

Mark Beeson is the Professor of International Politics at the University of Western Australia. Before rejoining UWA at the beginning of 2015, he taught at Murdoch, Griffith, and Queensland universities in Australia, and the Universities of York and Birmingham in the UK. His work is centered on the politics, economics and security of the broadly conceived Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, co-editor of Contemporary Politics, and the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific (Palgrave). Recent books and edited volumes include China's Regional Relations: Evolving Foreign Policy Dynamics (Lynne Rienner, 2014); Regionalism & Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security & Economic Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Rivalry and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: The Dynamics of a Region in Transition, Volume 1 and 2 (World Scientific, 2019); Rethinking Global Governance ( Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); Environmental Populism: The Politics of Survival in the Anthropocene (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

In his speech, Professor Beeson focused on the development of Indo-Pacific strategic concept which replaced Australia’s foreign policy concept of the Asia-Pacific and described the main reasons behind such geopolitical shift. Professor Beeson also emphasized that the new concept will face a number of difficulties on the road to implementation, which include the uncertainty of the relations with the United States, possible contradictions between countries in the region, and the need for a more accurate conceptualization of the new concept.

The Fourth Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations were proud to host one of the greatest living authorities in the field of international relations Professor Joseph Nye of Harvard University. He spoke about his new book Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump and some implications for the current crisis.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard where he joined the faculty in 1964. In 2008, a poll of 2700 international relations scholars listed him as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011 Foreign Policy listed him among the 100 leading global thinkers.

From 1977-79, Professor Nye was a deputy Undersecretary of State and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In 1993-94 he chaired the National Intelligence Council which prepares intelligence estimates for the president, and in 1994-95 served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

Nye has published fourteen academic books, a novel, and more than 200 articles in professional and policy journals. His recent books include Soft Power, The Powers to Lead, The Future of Power, Is the American Century Over?, and Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is the recipient of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award, the Charles Merriam Award from the American Political Science Association, France’s Palmes Academiques, Japan's Order of the Rising Sun and various honorary degrees.

Professor Nye has made a significant contribution to IR theory. He is the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory of neoliberalism, developed in their 1977 book Power and Interdependence. Together with Keohane, he developed the concepts of asymmetrical and complex interdependence. They also explored transnational relations and world politics in an edited volume in the 1970s. In the late 1980s he coined the term soft power and it first came into widespread usage following a piece he wrote in Foreign Policy in 1990. More recently his notion of "smart power" ("the ability to combine hard and soft power into a successful strategy") became popular among both experts and politicians.

Joint Session of Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar with Dr Bates Gill

On Wednesday, 6 May 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies, Department of International Relations and the New Regionalism and the School of Oriental Studies of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held a joint session of Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar. Our speaker was a renowned expert on Chinese foreign policy Dr Bates Gill. The topic of his talk is “Wolf Warrior Diplomacy”: Is it Working for China?

Dr Bates Gill is the Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, and Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. He has a 30-year career as a scholar, policy advisor and author, focusing on Asia-Pacific politics, foreign policy and security, with a particular focus on China and U.S.-China relations.  An academically-trained and internationally-respected China specialist, he has led a global top-ten think tank and held academic and research positions at world-leading universities and public policy research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific in a 30-year international career.

Dr. Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia.  He has previously held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (2012-2017). He was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (2007-2012) and held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007). He also served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (1998-2002). Among his international honours, he holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star and was named a top-ten American China expert by the Chinese Foreign Affairs University in 2015.

He has published eight books and over 200 other publications, including most recently, Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings Institution Press, 2007) and China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia (Black Inc/LaTrobe University Press, 2017) (with Linda Jakobson).  His current research projects include a focus on the modernisation of Chinese strategic forces (nuclear, cyber, space) and the fundamental drivers motivating PRC foreign policy under Xi Jinping.

The Sixth Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

On Thursday, 7 May 2020, The Department of International Relations and International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held the sixth session of Eurasian Online Seminar. Our speaker was a renowned Singaporean diplomat and scholar Bilahari Kausikan. He spoke on South East Asia after the Pandemic.

Bilahari Kausikan is the Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. He was educated at Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York. Mr Kausikan was Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013, having served as Second Permanent Secretary since 2001. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018. His earlier appointments at the Ministry include Deputy Secretary for South-east Asia, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He is often referred to as "Singapore's undiplomatic diplomat" for his insightful and comments and analyses on Singaporean and world politics. He has been known in recent years for commenting extensively on Singapore's foreign affairs in newspaper articles, public lectures and social media. 

Mr Kausikan is the other of many articles and several books including: Dealing with an Ambiguous World (a collection of his lectures given in 2016) and Singapore is not an Island (2019).

The Seventh Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

On Friday, 8 May 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations of the National Research University Higher School of Economics were delighted to host a world-renowned authority on international relations Professor Barry Buzan. The topic of his talk was "Deparochialising IR: Benchmark Dates from a Global Military Perspective". 

Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the LSE (formerly Montague Burton Professor); honorary professor at Copenhagen, Jilin, and China Foreign Affairs Universities; a Senior Fellow at LSE Ideas; and a Fellow of the British Academy. He took his first degree at the University of British Columbia (1968), and his doctorate at the London School of Economics (1973). From 1988 to 2002 he was Project Director at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI). From 1995 to 2002 he was research Professor of International Studies at the University of Westminster, and before that Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick. He was Chairman of the British International Studies Association 1988-90, Vice-President of the (North American) International Studies Association 1993-4, and founding Secretary of the International Studies Coordinating Committee 1994-8. From 1999-2011 he was general coordinator of a project to reconvene the English school of International Relations, and from 2004-8 he was editor of the European Journal of International Relations.

Professor Buzan has made a significant contribution to IR theory. His thought has helped to shape International Security Studies since the 1980s, and the English School and International Historical Sociology since the 1990s. Being a leading figure of the Copenhagen school, he developed regional security complex theory, and helped to develop and promote Ole Wæver’s theory of securitization. He is considered to be a major figure in the English school of international relations theory, where he is identified with clarifying structural approaches to the study of international and world society.

Professor Buzan has written, co-authored or edited over twenty-five books, written or co-authored nearly one hundred and fifty articles and chapters, and lectured, broadcast or presented papers in over twenty countries. His more recent books include: An Introduction to the English School of International Relations: The Societal Approach (2014, with George Lawson), The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations (2015); Global International Society: A New Framework for Analysis (2018, with Laust Schouenborg); The Making of Global International Relations: Origins and Evolution of IR at its Centenary (2019, with Amitav Acharya) and Rethinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities (2020, with Evelyn Goh).

Professor Buzan is currently working with Tarak Barkawi on a new IR periodisation from a global military history perspective. The point of his new paper is to question the standard, West-centric benchmark dates that are widely used to structure teaching and thinking about IR: 1648, 1815, 1919, 1945, 1989. These are all hinged around big wars centred on Europe, and take little or no account of the global South. The paper asks what sort of benchmark dates we would get, and why, if we took a perspective from global, rather than European, military history. The relevance of this is that we are rapidly moving out of the Western era in IR, and need to start thinking about how to periodise IR in terms relevant to global international society as a whole. Professor Buzan has agreed to present the preliminary results of this paper as a thought experiment.

The Joint Session of the Eurasian Online-Seminar and China Seminar with Yang Jiemian

On Tuesday, 12 May 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies, Department of International Relations and the New Regionalism and the School of Oriental Studies of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held a joint session of Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar. Our speaker was a renowned Chinese expert in international affairs Professor Yang Jiemian. The topic of his talk is "Post-Pandemic World Order and Major Power Relations".

Professor Yang is currently a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Academic Affairs Council at Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and a Counsellor of Shanghai Municipal People's Government. He received his B.A. from the Shanghai Normal University, M.A. from the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and another M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and defended his Ph.D. at the Shanghai International Studies University. He later worked as SIIS Vice President and President.

Prof Yang also serves on the boards of the China National Association for International Studies, the Chinese People Institute of Foreign Affairs, the National Association of China-U.S. Friendship, the National Association of American Studies, Shanghai Association of International Relations, Shanghai Institute for International Strategic Studies, Shanghai Association of Taiwan Studies and many other organizations.

Dr. Yang is also a guest professor/fellow at the PLA National Defense University, Shanghai International Studies University and Tongji University. His honors include National Special Awards, Shanghai Outstanding Talent Award and several Shanghai Awards in Social Sciences. He has published numerous articles and books on international relations and American foreign policy. His most recent books include: International Systemin Transition and Multilateral Organization Developments (Beijing: Shishi Publishing House, 2007); Grand System: Toward Multi-Polar & Multi-Actor (Tianjin: Tianjing People's Publishing House, 2008); Global Climate Change Diplomacy and China’s Policy (Beijing: Shishi Publishing House, 2009); Poliferation of International Crisis and Sino-US Joint Response (Beijing: Shishi Publishing House, 2010); China’s Expo Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Beijing: Shishi Publishing House, 2011)

The Ninth Session of the Eurasian Online Seminar

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism, Department of International Relations and the Master’s Program “Socioeconomic and Political Development of Modern Asia” were honored to host a distinguished US expert on international affairs and US-Russian relations Thomas Graham. The topic of his talk is “The Big Triangle China-Russia-US: Past, Present, and Future”.

Thomas Graham is a managing director at Kissinger Associates, Inc., where he focuses on Russian and Eurasian affairs and a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007 and Director for Russian Affairs on that staff from 2002 to 2004. From 2001 to 2002, he served as the Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Graham was a senior associate in the Russia/Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1984 to1998, he was a Foreign Service Officer. His assignments included two tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, where he served as head of the political/internal unit and acting political counselor. Between tours in Moscow, he worked on Russian and Soviet affairs on the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

Graham is one of the founders and co-Directors of the Russian Studies Project at Yale University. He was a lecturer in global affairs and political science at Yale from 2011 to 2019, teaching courses on U.S.-Russian relations and Russian foreign policy, as well as cybersecurity and counterterrorism. He served as a Senior Fellow at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs from 2011 – 2017. 

The Joint Session of Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar with Kishore Mahbubani

On Tuesday, 19 May 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations of the National Research University Higher School of Economics were delighted to host a distinguished Singaporean diplomat and academic Professor Kishore Mahbubani. The topic of his talk is "Has China Won?"

Professor Mahbubani is a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute of National University of Singapore (NUS). He was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971-2004), where he served twice as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and held the position of President of the United Nations Security Council between January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry from 1993-1998. He was also the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2004-2017. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of seven books, including Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World, and The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East. His research interests are in the resurgence of Asia, ASEAN, public policies in Singapore, global geo-politics and global governance. His latest book on US-China relations entitled Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy was published in March 2020.

The Joint Session of the Eurasian Online-Seminar and China Seminar with James Steinberg

On Friday, 22 May 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and the Department of International Relations of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held a joint session of Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar. Our speaker was a distinguished American academic and political advisor Professor James Steinberg. The topic of his talk is "COVID-19: Point of No Return in Sino-US Relations?"

James B. Steinberg is University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law at Syracuse University, where he was Dean of the Maxwell School from July 2011 until June 2016.

Mr. Steinberg received his A.B from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to becoming Dean he served as Deputy Secretary of State, the principal deputy to Secretary Hillary Clinton, from 2009-2011. From 2005-2008, Steinberg was Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Steinberg was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Steinberg was deputy national security advisor to President Clinton from 1996 to 2000. During that period he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 summits. Prior to becoming deputy national security advisor, Mr. Steinberg held positions as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Steinberg’s most recent books are A Glass Half Full? Rebalance, Reassurance and Resolve and Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: US-China Relations in the 21st Century (both with Michael O’Hanlon). 

The Joint Session of 12th Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar with Odd Arne Westad

On Wednesday, 27 May 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and Department of International Relations and the New Regionalism of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held a joint session of Eurasian Online Seminar and China Seminar. Our speaker was a world-renowned historian and foreign policy expert Professor Odd Arne Westad. The topic of his talk is "The Sources of Chinese Conduct".

Professor Westad specializes in the Cold War and contemporary East Asian history. He is the Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University, where he teaches in the Yale History Department and in the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. Previously, he held the S.T. Lee Chair of US-Asia Relations at Harvard University, teaching in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Westad has also taught at London School of Economics, where he served as director of a foreign policy think tank LSE IDEAS. In the spring semester 2019 Westad was Boeing Company Chair in International Relations at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

Originally from Ålesund on the Norwegian coast, he studied history, philosophy, and modern languages in Oslo before doing a graduate degree in US/international history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Westad has published 16 books, most of which deal with twentieth century Asian and global history. His three key works include The Global Cold War, which argues for ways of understanding the Soviet-American conflict in light of late- and post-colonial change in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean; Restless Empire, which discusses broad trends in China’s international history since 1750; and The Cold War: A World History, which summarizes the origins, conduct, and results of the conflict on a global scale.

Professor Westad published an article “The Sources of Chinese Conduct: Are Washington and Beijing Fighting a New Cold War?” in the September/October 2019 issue of Foreign Affairs. The title is an obvious allusion to George Kennan’s article “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” based on his famous “Long Telegram,” which was published in the same journal in 1947. Kennan’s thoughts had a great impact on the US policy during the Cold War, although Prof Westad seems to argue that Kennan was not understood well enough. Will Americans understand Prof Westad and China this time and are we looking into a new Cold War?

The 13th Session of Eurasian Online Seminar with Kevin Rudd

On Monday, 1 June 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations were delighted to host President of Asia Society Policy Institute and the 26th Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Kevin Rudd. The participants discussed the general topic of US-China rivalry and the future of the world order.

Kevin Rudd was born in Nambour, Queensland. He has a degree in Chinese studies from the Australian National University, and is fluent in Mandarin. Before entering politics, he worked as a diplomat, political staffer, and public servant.

Mr. Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its inaugural President in January 2015. He served as Australia's 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012, before returning as Prime Minister in 2013.

Mr. Rudd is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute, and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. Mr. Rudd is a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University, and is an Honorary Professor at Peking University.

The 14th Session of Eurasian Online Seminar with Sergey Karaganov

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations held the 14th session of Eurasian Online Seminar. Our guest was a leading Russian foreign policy analyst Sergey Karaganov. The topic of his talk is “The Military Underpinning of the Geopolitical Revolution”.

Sergey Karaganov is Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. He is also Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Russia in Global Affairs journal, co-founder and former deputy director of the Institute of Europe of Russian Academy of Sciences. He authored more than 25 books and around 500 articles.

Professor Karaganov is a member of the Academic Council of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Member of the Academic and Advisory Council of the Russian Security Council, and Member of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of Russia. In 1990s he was a member of the Presidential Council of Russia and in 2014-2015 - of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project under the OSCE (2014–2015). In the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll he was the only intellectual from the former Soviet Union and only one of four from Eastern Europe of 100 people listed.

The 15th Session of Eurasian Online Seminar with Thierry de Montbrial

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations of the National Research University Higher School of Economics were delighted to host a world-renowned French foreign policy thinker Thierry de Montbrial. The topic of his talk is “Has the virus changed the international system?”

Thierry de Montbrial is the Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (Institut français des relations internationales, Ifri) which he headed since 1979. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference.

Professor de Montbrial graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, and received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique since 1974 and chaired its Department of Economics between 1974 and 1992. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. He was also the Chairman of the French-Austrian Center for European Economic Convergence (1985-2015).

Professor de Montbrial serves on the International Advisory Board of Lafarge and chairs the International Advisory Board of OCP Group (Morocco). He is on the Board of Directors of Renault Foundation. He sits on the editorial advisory board of Foreign Policy, Washington, the editorial board of Russia in Global Affairs, Moscow, and the editorial board of The South African Journal of International Affairs, Johannesburg. He is also a Visiting Professor at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing.

In June 1992, he was elected as a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques) of which he was elected chairman for the year 2001. He is also a founding member of the Académie des Technologies. He is also a foreign member of a number academies including the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Professor de Montbrial is the author of many professional articles and of twenty books (several of them translated in various languages) in economics and international affairs.

The 16th Session of Eurasian Online Seminar with Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism and Department of International Relations of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held the 16th session of Eurasian Online Seminar. We were delighted to host a leading Indian foreign policy and security analyst Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy. The topic of his talk is “The Changing Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific”.

Sujan R. Chinoy is the Director General of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, since 3 January 2019. A career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service from 1981-2018, he was India’s Ambassador to Japan and the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 2015-2018, and earlier, the Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Belize.

A specialist with over 25 years of experience on China, East Asia and the Asia-Pacific, he served in Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing and as Consul General in Shanghai and Sydney. He also served as India’s representative to the First Committee at the United Nations in New York dealing with Disarmament & International Security Affairs and in the Indian Mission in Riyadh. At Headquarters, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he served as Director (China) as well as Head of the Expert Group of Diplomatic & Military Officials tasked with CBMs and boundary-related issues with China.  He also served on the Americas Desk dealing with the USA and Canada, and as Officer on Special Duty in charge of press relations in the External Publicity Division. On deputation for four years with the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office, he worked on internal and external national security policy and anchored strategic dialogues with key interlocutors around the world.

He is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and conversant in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu and French-Creole. He also speaks Hindi and Gujarati.

The 17th Session of Eurasian Online Seminar with Ambassador P.S.Raghavan

On Thursday, 25 June 2020, the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and Department of International Relations and the New Regionalism of the National Research University Higher School of Economics held the 17th session of Eurasian Online Seminar. Our guest was a leading Indian diplomat and foreign policy analyst, Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board Ambassador P.S.Raghavan. The topic of his talk is “India and Russia in the Indo-Pacific.”

Ambassador Raghavan is Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), which advises India’s National Security Council on strategic and security issues.

In a diplomatic career of over 36 years, he has served as India’s Ambassador to Russia (2014-16), Czech Republic and Ireland.  He has also held other diplomatic positions in USSR, Poland, UK, Vietnam and South Africa.

He was Joint Secretary [Director General] in the Prime Minister's Office (2000-2004) dealing with foreign affairs, nuclear energy, space, defence and national security, during a period of transformation in India’s foreign and national security policies.

As Secretary [Deputy Foreign Minister] in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), he handled India’s external economic relations and oversaw Administration, Security and e-governance. He also headed the Development Partnership Administration, which coordinates India’s economic partnership programme in developing countries, with an annual budget of US $1-1.5 billion.

He was Chief Coordinator of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi (March 2012). From 2012 to January 2014, he was Special Envoy of Government of India to Sudan and South Sudan.

As Chairman NSAB, he engages with government departments and think tanks in India and outside on India’s strategic perspectives. He writes widely on these issues.


 

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