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National Security Conversations with Happymon Jacob is a series that discusses critical issues relating to India's national security and foreign policy with well known experts from India and around the world.

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National Security Conversations with Happymon Jacob is a series that discusses critical issues relating to India's national security and foreign policy with well known experts from India and around the world.

    Ep. 71: CAA - International Reaction & Foreign Policy Implications

    Ep. 71: CAA - International Reaction & Foreign Policy Implications

    Dr. Happymon Jacob speaks with Amb. Vijay Nambiar (Retd. Indian Diplomat) about the international reaction to the amended Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. Amb. Nambiar discusses the manner in which the international community has reacted and how the Indian government has diplomatically handled these reactions in order to minimize negative implication for its foreign policy goals. Amb. Nambiar also discusses how India’s reaction to criticisms of its amendment to CAA shows a shift in its international outlook and foreign policy and how this could affect India’s image and perception in the international system.

    • 35 min
    Ep. 70: P. Chidambaram on the Future of Kashmir After Article 370

    Ep. 70: P. Chidambaram on the Future of Kashmir After Article 370

    In this episode, Dr. Happymon Jacob speaks with P. Chidambaram, Former Home & Finance Minister about the situation in Kashmir after the BJP government's decision to abrogate Article 370. The conversation revolves around the government’s logic behind the decision and its immediate and long term implications for India's national security. The conversation also focuses on the following specific questions: How can the government now work towards normalising the valley? Did this decision undo years of efforts by successive governments to integrate the people and the polity of Jammu and Kashmir into the rest of India? Where does Pakistan, if at all, figure in any Indian effort to bring peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir? What mistakes were made by the previous governments in dealing with the valley and what lessons did they learn? Will the August 5 decision lead to Jammu and Kashmir becoming a bigger challenge than it was before this decision for all future governments?

    • 36 min
    Ep. 69: The Naga Question - Insurgency, Ceasefire &the Peace Process

    Ep. 69: The Naga Question - Insurgency, Ceasefire &the Peace Process

    Dr. Happymon Jacob speaks with Gopal Krishna Pillai [India’s former Home Secretary (2009 – 2011)] about a range of issues that constitute the Naga question, or the Naga quest for greater autonomy. He provides a historical overview of the Naga issue, the unilateral declaration of independence, the Indian state’s response, the insurgency and the many efforts at peace that have been made. Mr. Pillai highlights the many factions within the Naga movement, delineating their respective positions and demands. Mr. Pillai explains what he thinks of the 2015 framework agreement and the progress that has been made since then.

    • 45 min
    Ep. 68: "The Absent Dialogue" in India's Civil-Military Relations

    Ep. 68: "The Absent Dialogue" in India's Civil-Military Relations

    Dr. Happymon Jacob speaks with Prof. Anit Mukherjee (Assistant Professor in the South Asia Programme at the Nanyang Technological University and a former Major of the Indian Army) about the state of India’s civil-military relations, which forms the theme of his book titled, “The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India”. Prof. Mukherjee identifies the factors characterizing India’s civil-military relations, which in turn have a bearing upon the effectiveness of the Indian military. Prof. Mukherjee addresses the various parameters of military effectiveness such as weapons procurement, jointness, military education, defence planning, etc. which are seriously affected by “the Absent Dialogue” within India’s civil-military relations. He offers several recommendations to overcome these challenges.

    • 46 min
    Ep. 67: Climate Change Crisis - Mitigation & Adaptation

    Ep. 67: Climate Change Crisis - Mitigation & Adaptation

    Dr. Happymon Jacob speaks to Amb. Chandrashekhar Dasgupta (Rtd. Indian Diplomat and Author) about the international discourse on climate change, unpacking the various themes that it entails. He elaborates on the twin aspects of responding to climate change: mitigation and adaptation. Furthermore, Amb. Dasgupta discusses the international climate change regime, beginning from the Rio Convention, through the Kyoto Protocol up till the recent Paris Agreement. He also assesses the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement. Finally, he stresses the significance of climate activism and suggests ways to move forward. He provides a comprehensive analysis of India’s efforts to combat climate change, and suggests areas requiring further impetus.

    • 41 min
    Ep. 66: Part 2 - India’s Approach to West Asia: Challenges, Opportunities and Future

    Ep. 66: Part 2 - India’s Approach to West Asia: Challenges, Opportunities and Future

    Dr. Happymon Jacob speaks to Amb. Talmiz Ahmad (Retd. Indian Diplomat and Author) about the emerging geopolitical situation in West Asia. He builds on his analysis of the region in the previous episode (Ep. 66: Part 1) to suggest the imperative and avenues for increasing the Indian role in the region. He speaks of Eurasia and the Indian Ocean Region as one integrated security space with deep historical connectivity, and argues for greater Indian involvement in the region. He also identifies several misnomers and psychological barriers that have so far dampened India’s attitude towards the region and hindered the prospects for cooperation and security in a broader sense.

    • 25 min

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