‘The Most Important Issue Today is to Successfully Navigate Stormy Waters’
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Distinguished Fellow and Supervisor of the Eurasia Programme at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), will talk at HSE University about the challenges and prospects of Russia-India relations on December 8. The seminar will take place as part of the ‘India and Global Policy Challenges’ project. Olga Kharina, Research Fellow at the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, and Nandan Unnikrishnan talked to the HSE News Service about the project.
The project ‘India and Global Policy Challenges’ was launched in September 2022 and has been planned for one year. The project is headed by Olga Solodkova, Associate Professor at the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs School of International Regional Studies. The participants are Aleksei Zakharov, Research Fellow at the International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism, Olga Kharina, Research Fellow at the School of International Regional Studies, and a team of eight HSE students. The goal of the project is to carry out comprehensive studies of India’s foreign policy today.
The project includes a series of discussions with experts who express a range of views in order to get an objective perspective on the key issues of Indian foreign policy. The organisers attract students of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, as well as other HSE programmes on South Asian studies, to the project. HSE University teachers who come from India participate in the project’s monthly academic workshops. In particular, Roy Chowdhury, Assistant Professor at the School of Sociology, diplomatic editor of The Economic Times journal, participated in the roundtable discussion ‘India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy Today: Problems and Trends’.
Olga Kharina, Research Fellow, School of International Regional Studies, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs
Our research goals include analysing India’s participation in the global political and economic systems, studying India’s perspective of its role and place in the modern world order, systemising and presenting the results of research studies into India’s poly-strategy in global and regional dimensions, and more.
We developed the concept for Indian Studies at the university and launched the HSE University India Club. We have established and continue to develop partner links with such Indian research centres and universities as the Observer Research Foundation, United Services Institution, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, and others. We are happy to host the scientific seminar ‘Geopolitical Shifts in Eurasia and Their Impact on Russia-India Relations’ with the participation of Nandan Unnikrishnan, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Distinguished Fellow and Supervisor of the Eurasia Programme at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
The most important issue today, in my opinion, is to successfully navigate the stormy waters that are currently rocking the world at the geopolitical level. This concerns many problems, including the situation in Ukraine, instability in the prices of petroleum products, relations between the USA and China, and more. India, first and foremost, strives for stability. It is necessary to find a balance in relations between India and Russia that would allow us to establish mutually beneficial trade between our countries. For India, it is important to find export products that will be of interest to Russia. Pharmaceuticals, tea, and other goods are only a small fraction of what could be offered as part of trade relations. Work is underway in this area and the results will be visible in some time.
I consider it important to develop cooperation between the Observer Research Foundation and HSE University; our think tank is interested in exchanging experts with the university.
HSE University-St Petersburg is opening a foreign representative office in India in collaboration with Swami Vivekanand Subharti University. On December 7, the universities agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding, having reached all the preliminary agreements in November.
On March 19, 2019, HSE hosted a launch ceremony for its new India Corner, which is housed in the School of Asian Studies and will serve as an open space for dialogue and collaboration with regard to Russia-India relations. The Corner will host cultural and scientific events related to the modern development of India, as well as open business seminars between Russia and India.
On March 13, the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs’ Asian Club held a meeting where Professor Makhan Lal, Director of the Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management and Director of the Vikvekanand International Foundation, spoke on ‘Traditional Culture and Modern India’. He kindly agreed to give an interview to the HSE news service and share his thoughts on the role of traditional culture and values in modern society.