Leading scholars from Singapore, India, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand will be taking part in a two-day conference on the emergence of India as a global power in the twenty-first century.
Organised by the New Zealand India Research Institute based at Victoria University of Wellington, the conference will be opened by Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Steven Joyce.
The conference takes place on 25-26 August 2015.
One keynote address will be given by Professor Subrata Mitra, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, who will consider democracy and the making of foreign policy in India. Another keynote address will be given by Professor Ian Hall of Griffith University on the topic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the remaking of India's normative power.
New Zealand India Research Institute Director Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, says people attending the conference will gain an understanding of what India's arrival on the global stage means for her Asian neighbours, as well as for the world at large, including New Zealand.
"The conference aims to address issues related to India's foreign policy, as well as domestic politics, to understand what kind of power a rising India will evolve into."
Topics covered include India's relationship with China, its influence on climate change negotiations, its soft power in South East Asia, and its influence in the Middle-East and the Indian Ocean region.
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