The Debating and Literary Society of Government Law College in collaboration with Gateway House, Indian Council on Global Relations is proudly hosting its second edition of The Policy Debate on Saturday, 19th of September, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Convocation Hall, University of Mumbai, Fort.
The Policy Debate is the flagship event of the Debating and Literary Society which consists of a panel discussion with foreign policy experts post which the audience is given an opportunity to interact with the panel and also pose questions.
This year we shall be having two consecutive sessions on two emerging topics with various foreign policy experts including Dr. Kishore Mandhayan, former political director for peacekeeping, humanitarian and human rights affairs at the United Nations and Kevi Carmichael, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Anupam Dasgupta, journalist, THE WEEK. The outline of the event is:
1) Session 1: New Financial World Order [2:30–3:30 pm]
Developing nations have long held concerns about the pro-western policies of institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). New multilateral financial institutions such as the New Development Bank (NDB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are challenging the existing global economic governance architecture.
The NDB, launched on 15 July 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil has already secured $100 billion in funding from the BRICS countries. The AIIB, which was proposed by China in October 2013, now has 57 member nations.
However, the focus areas, mandates and voting mechanisms for these institutions are still unclear. What policies and focus areas should the new financial institutions adopt in order to differentiate themselves from the existing institutions?
How can these institutions make distribution of funds more equitable for developing countries? As a founder member of both banks and the second largest shareholder in the AIIB, how can India play a central role in this changing multilateral framework?
2) Session 2: Contemporary Trends in Global Terrorism [2:30–3:30 pm]
The year 2014 saw a disturbing increase in brutal violence around the world by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, Boko Haram and Tehreek-e-Taliban.
In addition to increased violence, terrorist organisations are also turning to new methods such as the use of social media for recruitment and promotion of their agendas, the use of bitcoin and darknet for illicit transactions, and attacks on uncommon targets.
What is the impact of these new trends in global terrorism on the spread of terrorist activity? What are the major security risks that India faces from such emerging trends in the region? What action must India take to respond to these threats?
Students in attendance will be given certificates.
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