CCIRS and South Asia Institute, Department of Political Science at Heidelberg University organised the conference on: Trilateralism & Triangular Dynamics in International Relations. Implications for International Relations Theory on 8-9 July 2011.
Professor Subrata Mitra, Head of Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Professor Dr. Hab Edward Haliżak, Director of the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw and Dr. Jakub Zajaczkowski, Chairperson of the Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw welcomed the panellist Professors, scholars, and other participants of the conference.
Major topic covered:
* Trilateralism as a Concept in International Relations Theory
* Entangled triangles: conceptualizing US geopolitics in and around South Asia
* The South Asian Security Dilemma: the India-China-Pakistan Strategic Triangle
* In search of a triangle: India’s strategic options.
* India-Pakistan Relations: The US Factor and the Afghanistan’s Impact from a Pakistani Perspective
* US – China – EU: New Trilateralism
* Indian Ocean Region: New Trilateralism?
* Bhutan between India and China: Triangular Dynamics and Policy Options for Small States.
* Trilateralism in International Trade and Financial Regimes
* Trilateralism in International Cultural Relations
* Trilateral Relations in Europe: Russia – Ukraine – EU: a case study
The two-day conference was able to (1) examine trilateral and triangular dynamics in the region of South Asia, the Indian Ocean and in Great Power interactions (2) ask whether a ‘trilateralism perspective’ contributes to the analysis of the intractability of the India-Pakistan conflict, the limits to and, opportunities for regional integration as well as Sino-Indian and US-Indian relations, and (3) compare trilateralism in Asia with trilateralism in Europe and other spheres of international relations.
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