SEMINARS/CONFERENCES CONDUCTED: NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL
K.P.S. Menon Chair for Diplomatic Studies, School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, organised a two-day National Workshop on “Coastal Workshop: Needed a New Look” 8-9 December 2009 in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
SIRP organized One-day seminar on “Chinese Foreign Policy” on 29 April 2009 in collaboration with the
The School hosted a two-day National Seminar on “Global Financial Crisis: Implications for
A three-day International Conference on Emerging India: Strategic Options in the New Century organised by the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), New Delhi on 26-28 February 2008. The Conference was attended by a number of scholars and experts from
An International Conference on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) was organised by the School on 2-4 August 2006. The theme of the conference was
International Seminar on Regionalism in China in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, Tokyo and the Institute of Chinese Studies,
Seminar on International Terrorism and the Afghan War (February 2002)
International Seminar on Asia in Transition: Democracy and Development in collaboration with the UGC and Indian Council for Social Science Research (December 2001)
National Seminar on Kerala in the World-Economy (in collaboration with the State Planning Board and Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram), (February 2000)
International Seminar on India’s Foreign Policy: Emerging Perspectives in collaboration with the BP. Koirala Foundation,
International Seminar on Human Rights: South Asian and American Perspectives in collaboration with the
National Seminar on Politics of Gender: National and International Perspectives (March 1997)
National Seminar on India and the New Technology Order in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the ICSSR (June 1995)
National Seminar on Conflict Resolution in South Asia in collaboration with the
National Seminar on Jawaharlal Nehru and India’s Foreign Policy (1989)
National Seminar on India’s Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change (August 1986)
Human Rights and
State, Terrorism and Human Rights December 2008
Indigenous Peoples December 2007
The United Nations in World Politics October 2007
Challenges of Higher Education March 2007
Media and Human Rights March 2004
Human Rights: Critical Questions March 2004
Human Rights March 2002
The UN in the Changing World October 1999
ANNUAL LECTURES/SPECIAL LECTURES DURING 2002-2010
Dr. T.T. Sreekumar, National University of Singapore, delivered Special Lecture on “New Media and Democracy” under the Centre for Cross-national Communication in
Mr. John Samuel, Democracy and Governance Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Dr. Jeevan Kumar, Professor of Political Science and Director, Centre for Gandhian Studies,
Panel Discussion on “The
Dr. Filippo Osella, Department of Anthropology, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK, spoke on “Globalisation is ruining us: Neoliberal Capitalism, Islamic Reform and Business in
Dr Sophia Vashalomidze, member of the faculty, The Oriental Institute of the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, delivered a Special Lecture on "Georgia and the Caucasus Region" on 23 February 2010.
Dr. Marta Dąbrowska, Professor, Institute of English Philology, Jagiellonian, University, Poland delivered a Special Lecture in the School as part of an eight week-long “Human Resource Capacity Building &Interactive Extension Programme” which began on 18 January 2010.
Prof. Anwar Alam, Director, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi delivered the Inaugural Lecture on “Modernity, West and Political Islam” of the Centre for West Asian Studies (CWS), SIRP on 31 December 2009.
T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University delivered a Special Lecture on “The Paradox of Pakistan: War-Making and State-Building in the Contemporary World, ” under the auspices of the Centre for Cross-national Communication in South Asia, School of International Relations and Politics on 18 December 2009.
Prof. K.R. Singh, Visiting Professor, K.P.S.Menon chair for Diplomatic Studies, SIRP chaired special Lectures from 10 November to 18 November on “West Asia: Geostrategic Significance, Sea Power and Land-power Rivalry,” “Evolution of Modern State System in West Asia,” “Cold War Rivalry and Strategic Relevance of West Asia,” “Arab-Israeli Conflict,” “Palestinian Question,” “ The Persian Gulf Region: The Energy Question,” and “Radical Islam: Interplay of Domestic and Foreign Polices.”
Prof. Daniel Bach, Professorial Fellow, National Centre for Scientific Research, and Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France, delivered the Annual Lecture on “The Neo-Patrimonial State in Africa and Beyond: Comparative Readings” on 30 October 2009.
Sri. Archibald Lesao Lehohla, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs,
Dr. K.N.Harilal, Member,
Sri. Venu Rajamony, Consul General of India, Dubai, UAE delivered a Special Lecture under the auspices of the Centre for Indian Diaspora Studies (CIDS), School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP). The Lecture was on the theme “The Indian Diaspora in UAE: Furthering Indo-UAE Relations” held on 23 July 2009.
Dr. Itty Abraham, Director, South Asian Institute, University of Texas, USA delivered the Inaugural Lecture of Centre for Cross-National Communication in South Asia established under the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University on 22 July 2009.
Dr. Jamal Malik, Professor of Humanities and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Erfurt,
Dr. T. V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University, Canada delivered the Inaugural Lecture of the newly established Centre for Strategic and Security Studies (CSSS), School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP), on 21 January 2009.
A group of dignitaries from the European Commission, Brussels, led by Prof. Andrea B. Schmidt, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium visited the School with a view to interacting with the faculty and students of School of International Relations and Politics on 29 January 2009.
Mr. John Samuel, Director, ActionAid International,
David Barsamian, the founder and Director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado, delivered The Annual Lecture 2008 on Obama and
Mr. Frederick J. Kaplan, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Chennai, delivered a special lecture on "
Sri. Rohit Nepal, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, United States Consulate General, Chennai speaks on “United States-India Relations,” on 13 September 2007.
Dr. Donald L. Berlin, Professor of Security Studies, Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawai spoke on “
Dr. B.N. Gosh, Professor of Economics,
Dr. John Samuel, International Director (Asia-Pacific), Action Aid International,
Dr. T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations
McGill University, Montreal,
Dr. Dean Eugene McHenry, Jr, Professor of Political Science, Claremont Graduate University Claremont, California,
Professor T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of Political Science and International Relations,
Ambassador Peter Burleigh, Former US Ambassador to the UN and Former
Dr. Haakan Wiberg, Former Director of the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI), Denmark and Lund University Peace Research Institute, Sweden, delivered the Annual Lecture 2002.
DIPLOMAT LECTURE SERIES
A major academic activity of the School during the Xth Plan period was the launching of the Diplomat Lecture Series as part of the programme of invigorating Academia-Policy Planning interactions. The first Lecture was delivered by Sri. Venu Rajamony, IFS, Director, Disarmament and International Security Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of
The Second Diplomat Lecture was delivered on 17 February 2006 by Sri. T.P. Sreenivasan, IFS, Diplomat and former Indian Ambassador to UN on the theme “
The Third Diplomat Lecture was delivered by Sri. Antonio Armellini, His Excellency, Italian Ambassador to
The Fourth Diplomat Lecture was delivered by His Excellency, Sri. Dominique Dreyer, Ambassador of
The Fifth Diplomat Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of