Takshashila hosted a visiting delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies. The 18-member team consisted of policymakers, diplomats, and armed forces personnel from ten countries.
The delegation interacted with the Takshashila team on topics related to geopolitics and geoeconomics. Pranay Kotasthane spoke about the “World Orders of the Past” with a special focus on Arthashastra and the Indian worldview.
Anirudh Kanisetti and Anupam Manur spoke about Takshashila’s New World Order project, which develops a portfolio of initiatives for India in possible future world orders. Conceptualising world orders at the intersection of geoeconomic and geopolitical trends, twenty possible world orders are first imagined. These are then used to develop a set of recommendations. The presentation was followed by a discussion with the RCDS team regarding the implementation of these ideas.
Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon then explained the unique geopolitical circumstances of the Indian subcontinent followed by Manoj Kewalramani, who discussed the contemporary India-China relationship and proposed a new framework for managing the China relationship based on four key ideas: engage, collaborate, balance, and deter. He then explained the framework through a case study on India’s approach to Huawei.
The visit concluded with a free-flow discussion in which the Takshashila team fielded a variety of questions from the RCDS delegation ranging from domestic economic policy to foreign policy of the Indian state.