Publications

Charting a Sustainable Future: EU-India Platforms on Energy and Climate Change and Urban Development
By Gauri Khandekar & Marc Saxer (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 Gauri Khandekar (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.

Key Takeaways : Seminar on EU-India Cooperation on Sustainable Urbanisation
By (09/27/2016)

On 15-16 September 2016, Global Relations Forum and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted a high level policy seminar on EU-India Cooperation on Sustainable Urbanisation in Pune, India. The seminar, kindly supported by the European Union’s Delegation to India and Bhutan under its public diplomacy initiative’s EU-India Think Tanks project, builds on the strong focus both partner organisations have invested in this highly strategic issue. The event brought together more than 26 experts and policy makers from Europe and India and a large audience in future smart city Pune to discuss the essentials of EU-India cooperation on sustainable urbanisation.

ASEM at Twenty: More Divided Than Ever
By Gauri Khandekar (07/15/2016) Opinion

As ASEM celebrates it’s twenty year milestone at the biennial summit taking place on 15-16 July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Asia and Europe appear more divided than ever. GRF Deputy Director and Director Europe Gauri Khandekar explores the main challenges the now-53 member large grouping faces as it enters its third decade.

The Refugee Crisis – A solely European problem?
By Marta Marina Aparicio Garcia (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.

Preventing another ‘Paris’ or ‘Mumbai’ style of attacks
By Gauri Khandekar (12/01/2015) Opinion

Following the Paris attacks of Nov 13, Europe has been on edge. Army and armed police presence on the streets is becoming the new normal as European leaders ponder on even more security measures including air strikes in Syria. The social impact of the attacks at home has clearly been high as day to day life has been seriously disrupted and fear amongst the public is growing. European capitals and cities can not expect to have a perpetual armed presence on the streets. Nor can response to this guerrilla style of terrorist attacks clearly be traditional or external.The response to such attacks has to be technological advanced.

Event Report – Infrastructure and Urbanisation in India: Opportunities for the EU
By Marta Marina Aparicio Garcia & Dimitar Milchev (09/25/2015)

On 21 September 2015, Global Relations Forum (GRF) co-hosted with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) a Seminar in Brussels on “Infrastructure and Urbanisation in India – Opportunities for the EU”. Panellists included H.E. Manjeev Singh Puri – Ambassador of India to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg; Dr. Rajat Kathuria – Director and CE of ICRIER; Hon. Neena Gill – Member of European Parliament and Vice Chair of Delegation for Relations with India; Sunil Prasad – Secretary General of the Europe India Chamber of Commerce (EICC); Pedro Ballesteros Torres – Principal Administrator at the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission and Pascaline Gaborit – Associate Resercher at GRF. The event was moderated by GRF Deputy Director and Director – Europe Gauri Khandekar.

Towards an EU-India Partnership on Urbanisation
By Gauri Khandekar (08/15/2015) Policy Brief

More than a decade since the EU-India strategic partnership was launched, there is more pessimism than promise about its future. With bilateral FTA talks at an impasse and minimal cooperation on foreign policy issues, the EU-India strategic partnership is in desperate need of a relaunch. As India strongly pursues its urban development agenda and transformation to a global manufacturing hub, an EU-India Partnership on Urbanisation could prove truly transformative for the strategic partnership. Such a partnership would not only open up significant mutually beneficial opportunities thereby circumventing jammed FTA negotiations, but would also reinstate the strategic quotient in the partnership.

Why Asians should not be spooked by Grexit
By Gauri 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.

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.