The Indo-Pacific region has steadily risen to become a global priority. Many of the geopolitical and geoeconomic questions troubling the world ultimately find a focus in the region. While the UK and India recognize these as important trends in a region of great importance to them, there is a need to foster the ongoing India-UK conversation about strategic collaborations. The 2017 India-UK Joint Statement on Defence Partnership highlights the growing interest between the two countries on furthering maritime cooperation. In April 2018, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister May committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. There is a growing debate in London and New Delhi on their roles in the Indo-Pacific and how the two can work together in the region.

Carnegie India, in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and the British High Commission in New Delhi, will host a discussion on India and the UK in the Indo-Pacific. Sir Dominic Asquith, British high commissioner to India, will deliver a keynote address, followed by a Q&A. This will then be followed by a panel discussion on a stronger maritime partnership between India and the UK in the Indo-Pacific.

Agenda

2:30 p.m.

Welcome Tea and Registration

3:15 p.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Darshana M. Baruah, associate director and senior research analyst at Carnegie India
  • Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at RUSI
3:30 p.m.

Special Address (followed by a Q&A)

  • Dominic Asquith, British high commissioner to India
  • Moderator: Ranjan Mathai, former foreign secretary of India
4:15 p.m.

India and the UK – Toward a Stronger Maritime Partnership in the Indian Ocean Region

  • Paul Hammond, deputy UK maritime component commander
  • Anup Singh, former flag officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command, India
  • Darshana M. Baruah, associate director and senior research analyst at Carnegie India
  • Veerle Nouwens, research fellow for international security studies at RUSI
  • Moderator: Walter C. Ladwig III, senior lecturer in international relations at King’s College London
5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Darshana M. Baruah, associate director and senior research analyst at Carnegie India
  • Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at RUSI
5:35 p.m.

High Tea