NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Legacy of India Israel Relationships: Past, Present and Future" by Amit Mukherjee, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs
NIAS Wednesday Discussion
Topic: Legacy of India Israel Relationships: Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Amit Mukherjee
Assistant Professor, School of Conflict and Security Studies, NIAS
Chairperson: Rajaram Nagappa
Head, International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, NIAS
Date: 13th June, 2018
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS
All are cordially invited
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Abstract: The pivotal reasoning behind the change in India’s policy towards Israel goes through several phases. India’s Israel policy during the early decades of the last century was formed on the narratives of the Independence struggles of the time. The second phase of this relationship ranges from the post-independence period to the normalisation of the diplomatic relationship in 1992. The third phase is the present term of 25 years of India Israel relationship. The fourth phase would possibly form the basis of future cooperation. The following decades impelled the conditions that favoured changes in the geo-political situations that superseded previous constraints for normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel. Some of these reasons were Pakistan’s proxy war in Kashmir, the subsequent support from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries in the Arab world for Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and new international security considerations. India’s relation with Israel is still evolving even though much progress has been made in a short time. The maturing of this relationship has developed into a strategic partnership in formal terms, the relations can move beyond dominant military cooperation. Capability enhancement with cooperation should create the conditions for understanding and acknowledging the realities of common interests in geo-economic, politico-military relationship’s and its advantages for both countries.
About the Speaker: Dr. Amit Mukherjee has a Ph.D. in Defence and Strategic Studies, on the topic ‘Application of GIS for India’s Defence: To assess battlefield conditions and its effects on weapons and weapons systems’. His specialization is in Military GIS and application of GIS for traditional and non-traditional areas of National and International Security. Prior to joining NIAS he was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow (PBC Fellowship-Department of Higher Education, Government of Israel) at the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa, Israel, from 2013-2016, where he is an (Honorary) Research Fellow 2016-2019. He was also an Israel Asia Leaders Fellow 2014-2015, and a visiting fellow at IDSA, New Delhi, October 2016 – June 2017. His research interests have an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach in areas of defence and strategic studies that include homeland security, counter insurgency, terrorism studies, maritime security, weapons and warfare, military affairs and strategy, border security, International (India-Israel) security cooperation, among others.
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