Multilateral Issues

Charting a Sustainable Future: EU-India Platforms on Energy and Climate Change and Urban Development
By (10/31/2016) Policy Brief

At their thirteenth summit held on 30th March 2016 in Brussels, the EU and India managed to fillip their strategic partnership through the launch of a bilateral platform on energy and climate cooperation, and the promise of an EU-India forum on urban development. These are both welcome initiatives which refocus the partnership onto three areas of global and bilateral significance. However, they must be executed with maximum precision. GRF Deputy Director & Director Europe Gauri Khandekar and FES India Director Marc Saxer weigh in.

India’s View on Human Security: Citizens First, Holistic Urbanisation and Cooperation with the European Union
By (09/27/2016)

This paper explores India’s views on the human security debate and scope for cooperation with the European Union. It makes the case that while India has long been criticised especially in the West for not supporting the notion of human security, this criticism is largely misplaced. In reality the country is arguably making the largest contribution to further global human security. This paper aims to shed light on India’s interpretation and implementation of human security and the country’s approach to human security at the international level. Finally, the paper will recommend how the EU and India could optimally cooperate on the subject.

The Refugee Crisis – A solely European problem?
By (05/01/2016)

Over the past 2 years, Europe has struggled monumentally to manage the large influx of refugees – over 681,713 refugees arrived on its shores in 2015 alone. Dubbed the European refugee crisis, the predicament has become so powerful it has threatened to unravel the very fundamentals of the EU: political and economic integration, solidarity and freedom of movement. Even though the current European refugee crisis might appear unsurmountable, other countries across the world are experiencing a greater influx of refugees at their borders. Other regions have not fared much better though, with the exception of the United States (US) which permanently resettles the largest number of refugees in the world. Overall, global attitudes to refugees and illegal immigrants have worsened.

Event Report – Going Where? Energy Security in the EU and India
By (01/23/2016)

On January 22 2016, Global Relations Forum (GRF) co-hosted with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) India Office and the Delhi Policy Group (DPG) a Policy Dialogue on ‘Going Where? Energy Security in the EU & India’. The first section of the Dialogue discussed global energy security, analysed India’s energy security index and looked at Indian and EU positions on the issue. The second section of the Dialogue focused on renewable energy options and ways to attain an optimal energy mix, as well as ways to expand India-EU cooperation on energy security. Suggestions generated at the Dialogue included encouraging European and Indian companies as well as research and development establishments to collaborate on development of energy efficient and low carbon energy plants and cross-state supply infrastructure, incentivizing investment for Indian energy companies and household energy inclusiveness.

BRICS Summit 2015 – From Group Photo to Viable Bloc
By Roopmati Khandekar (07/18/2015) Opinion

With the Greek crisis spiraling into a deeper, darker abyss, GRF Director – Europe explains what a Grexit , even temporary, might mean for Asian economies and how the EU must handle the issue which has left global markets in limbo.