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India – NATO Dialogue

The India-NATO Dialogue is a collaborative effort of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), United Service Institution of India (USI) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). Over the last few years, five such dialogues have been organized which have provided a sound basis for understanding mutual issues and concerns on security in our respective areas of interest.

This informal Track 2 dialogue, held in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, has functioned as a communication bridge between India and NATO with attempts to identify areas of common ground for cooperation and issues that require greater understanding.

The five rounds of dialogue have facilitated the shift from an area of contestation to an area of convergence. The challenge at the last dialogue in Feb 2011 was to examine the possibilities of moving from convergence to cooperation.

This Dialogue has been partnered by the New Delhi office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

 

 
L-R: Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Maj Gen Dipankar
Banerjee & Prof Dr Carlo Masala
L-R: Dr Beatrice Gorawantschy &
Prof Ummu Salma Bava
India – NATO Dialogue: 2011
“From Convergence to Cooperation”
New Delhi, India

The fifth round of the India-NATO Dialogue was held on 1-2 February 2011 in New Delhi, India. The dialogue manifested itself in sessions with various themes being conducted. In accordance with the dialogue of 2010, the sessions had an Indian perspective and a NATO perspective which were further followed up by rounds of discussions.

The four sessions dealt with the following themes respectively, A Globalised Security Environment: the Changing Roles of India and NATO’, ’Countering WMD Proliferation: Political and Military Approaches’, ‘Stabilizing Af-Pak through Regional Cooperation’, and ‘Countering Global Terrorism and Piracy.’

 
India – NATO Dialogue: 2010
“From Contact to Partnership”
New Delhi, India

The fourth round of the India-NATO Dialogue was held on 1-2 February 2010 in New Delhi, India. The first day of the dialogue had four sessions on various themes taking place. The themes involved an Indian perspective and a NATO perspective which were further followed up by a round of discussions.

The four sessions dealt with the following themes respectively, ‘Regional Strategic Environment’, ‘Af-Pak Strategy: Issues and Implications’, ‘Future Responses from ISAF and India’, and ‘Global Challenges and Approaches by NATO and India.’

The second day of the Dialogue largely built upon the larger theme of the Dialogue: “From Contact to Partnership”. It also touched upon other common areas of concern with prolonged discussions taking place over ‘NATO and the World’ and ‘India and the World.’

 
India – NATO Dialogue: 2009
“Addressing International Security and Regional Challenges”
New Delhi, India

The strategic dialogue in 2009 was conducted in two parts. The first was a full day open seminar among the strategic community in collaboration with the United Services Institute (USI) of India. Presentations, made by leading experts, were discussed and debated. The second was a select meeting among smaller group of senior strategic experts including members of NSAB. The conference was chaired by the Chairman, NSAB, Ambassador Shankar Bajpai.

The third round of discussion resulted in the publication of a book, ‘India-NATO Dialogue: Addressing International Security and Regional Challenges’, edited by Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee and D. Suba Chandran, published by Macmillan India in 2010.

L-R: HE Martin Erdmann &
Amb Lalit Mansingh
 
Publications

“Fourth India-NATO Dialogue”, KAS Policy Paper Series No.8, New Delhi, 2010.

“India-NATO Dialogue 2009”: Excerpts from the third high-level India-NATO Dialogue. New Delhi, 2009.

India-NATO Dialogue: Addressing International Security and Regional Challenges, ed. Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee and D. Suba Chandran

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Global Security Challenges: An India-NATO Dialogue, ed. Dipankar Banerjee, 2007

NATO and European Dialogues with India, ed. Dipankar Banerjee and Aisha Saltanat, 2005

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L-R: Lt Gen PK Singh,
Gen Karl-Heinz Lather & Lt Gen KB Kapoor
& Lt Gen KB Kapoor

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L-R: HE Martin Erdmann, Amb Lalit Mansingh,
HE Amb Dirk Brengelmann & Maj Gen Dipankar Banerjee

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L-R: ACM SP Tyagi, AM SG Inamdar &
Col AK Singh

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L-R: HE Thomas Matussek &
HE Martin Erdmann

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Audience at the India-NATO Dialogue, February 2011 L-R: Michael Ruehle & Dhirendra Singh
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L-R: HE Martin Erdmann, Amb Lalit Mansingh
& HE Amb Dirk Brengelmann
L-R: Dr Karl-Heinz Kamp & Prof PR Chari L-R: Amb KC Singh & Lt Gen VR Raghavan
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L-R: Dhirendra Singh & Amb VK Grover Lt Gen AS Kalkat & Michael Ruehle
 

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