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India and the United Kingdom in a Changing International Environment

23 April 2021, 10:30
A webinar examining the evolution of the UK–India relationship, and the opportunities and challenges in bilateral ties.

The Integrated Review lays out the UK’s foreign policy ambitions and outlines its ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’. As the UK seeks to become more integrated in the region with the aim of bolstering international rules and norms, addressing security challenges and identifying greater economic opportunities, India will be viewed as an important partner that shares these objectives.  

And, conversely, since it outlined its own Indo-Pacific vision in 2018, India has played a growing maritime security role and engaged with a growing array of partners and coalitions in the Indo-Pacific. Although the UK–India relationship has occasionally been stymied by apprehensions, such as concerns in London about India’s stance on the Chagos Islands dispute or in New Delhi about the UK’s approach to terrorism stemming from Pakistan, the current geopolitical environment has enabled a greater convergence of interests between the two countries. Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s planned upcoming visit to India was postponed owing to the sharp rise in coronavirus cases in India, the two leaders will meet virtually. The meeting is expected to deepen defence and security, economic and people-to-people ties as well as reinforce UKIndia cooperation in areas such as climate change and global health. 

This webinar, hosted by RUSI in partnership with the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), discusses how the UK and India fit into each other’s Indo-Pacific visions, examining areas of complementarity as well as divergence. While identifying specific areas for cooperation, it will focus on the geopolitical, and defence and security components of the relationship, assessing the impact on the relationship from the current coronavirus pandemic as well as China’s growing assertiveness 


Opening Remarks (10:3010:50 BST / 15:0015:20 IST) 

HE Mrs. Gaitri Issar Kumar, High Commissioner of India to the UK

HE Alex Ellis, High Commissioner of the UK to India

Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, RUSI 

Ambassador Sujan R Chinoy, Director General, MP-IDSA 

IndiaUnited Kingdom Priorities in an Age of Geopolitical Competition (10:5011:20 BST / 15:20– 15:50 IST) 

Dr Neil Melvin, Director, International Security Studies, RUSI 

Shruti Pandalai, Research Fellow, MP-IDSA 

Chair: Veerle Nouwens, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Studies, RUSI 

IndiaUnited Kingdom Defence and Security Ties (11:2011:50 BST / 15:5016:20 IST) 

Colonel Vivek Chadha, Research Fellow, MP-IDSA 

Aaditya Dave, Research Analyst, International Security Studies, RUSI 

Chair: Major General (Dr) Bipin Bakshi, Deputy Director General, MP-IDSA 


Vote of Thanks (11:5012:00 BST / 16:2016:30 IST) 

Shruti Pandalai, Associate Fellow, MP-IDSA 

Dr Neil Melvin, Director, International Security Studies, RUSI 

This event is organised in coordination with the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. 

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