About YFFP (Youth Forum on Foreign Policy)
It is an initiative that seeks to develop an informed and substantive dialogue on foreign policy issues among India’s youth, and to ensure that India’s foreign policy is more responsive to the concerns of the youth.
It seeks to bring together Foreign Policy Stakeholders (policy makers, government officials, members of political parties, policy think thanks) and youth groups on the same platform to discuss specific thematic and regional foreign policy issues.
Youth Forum on Foreign Policy started as a conversation between four like individuals in New Delhi in 2011. Over the years, our presence has expanded to cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Guwahati.
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India’s rising economic and military might must be complemented with a world class international affairs social science base that will generate and test theories and peddle a special Indian variant or brand of global studies.
JSIA has become the locus of such an ambitious vision by situating India as a vibrant ground for social science ideas and debates and giving India a leadership role on the world stage.
JSIA aims to place India on the global map as a provider of knowledge that is internationally relevant and of the highest standards.
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Vision of the Foreign Policy Fellowship Programme
We believe that discourse on ‘International relations and foreign Policy are too important to be left to the specialists’, the involvement of substantive and informed dialogue and research is an essential part of bringing it into day to day discussion.
The fellowship seeks to stimulate and enhance young people’s capacity for research and praxis. It seeks to address a growing need for education that can create an ecosystem for research and make foreign policy and relations an interior part of the academic curriculum that is present in the country.
It looks forward to establish an interface that would bring the young researchers in close proximity with the esteemed and experienced people from their field of study.
We have a mission to stimulate large numbers of students to reflect and research.The themes of the fellowship will keep changing over the years and so will the number of fellows.
It also aims at establishing a fertile ground for research in India for International Relations and foreign policy and help the young minds of our country to contribute in international discourse and form views and opinions.
Our aim is to enable them in not just research but brevity, articulation, interaction and develop other skills that will enhance their academic experience.This programme looks forward to creating a think tank in the country to participate and lead our country in this field.
This year as it commences, the foreign policy fellowship seeks to bring together 6 intelligent fellows, from varied economic background, for the purpose of carrying out intensive research about their respective themes.
The four-month long fellowship from September till December 2015 will also give the fellows an opportunity to participate in several thrilling events that will help them hone their research as well as non-academic skills.
We expect the fellows will enrich this exciting and intellectually stimulating venture with their youthful vigour and spirit of enquiry and commitment.
Themes of Research 2015
1) Regional Economic Cooperation
Not only will the theme of Regional Economic Cooperation focus on the progress of individual blocs like SAARC, ASEAN, NAFTA and SADC, but Fellows will also be encouraged to compare the progress of these blocs as well as examine the potential for cooperation between different blocs- especially those like SAARC and ASEAN.
In addition to regional blocs, another important area under this theme is trade and connectivity between countries in a region outside the confines of a regional bloc.
In South Asia for instance, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal are seeking to enhance land connectivity under the BBIN Corridor. An understanding of the key theories of regional cooperation will be helpful/necessary.
2) Energy Security
Fellows will be encouraged to research on the link between energy demand and geo- political issues, such as events in Eurasia, Africa and the Middle East.
Research on new areas, such as the impact of the Shale Revolution in USA on global geo-politics, and the impact of energy demand on the approach of great powers to energy rich regions would be welcomed.
A sound and nuanced understanding of geo-politics, along with energy issues would be helpful.
3) South Asian Affairs
Under this theme, Fellows are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to issues pertaining to South Asia. Some possible issues which can be researched under this theme are- the impact of economic ties on political relations within South Asia, democratisation in South Asia, and the growth of civil society.
In addition to this, Fellows are also encouraged to examine the role of external powers such as China and US in South Asia.
4) Climate Change
Under the theme of climate change, some of the issues which Fellows can research include- the key institutions and factors influencing climate change policies in individual countries as well as at multilateral forums, differences between the developing and developed world and the potential for reaching a compromise, likely conflicts arising out of climate change in the developing world, the role of India and China in current debates on climate change – especially in the context of the upcoming Climate Change Summit in Paris.
5) Cyber Security
Under this theme, some suggested areas which can be researched are- international treaties and conventions pertaining to cyber security, emerging themes in cyber threats and future conflict between great powers over cyber issues, the balance between privacy, civil liberties and national security, the usage of cyber technologies for the spread of terrorism on a global scale etc.
Fellows will also be encouraged to specifically examine the differing approaches of great powers to cyber security and its impact on traditional security doctrines.
6) International Culture and Media
Under this theme, some suggested topics that can be researched are- the role of national culture and news media in projection of soft power by different countries, the importance of cross-cultural understanding to improve fraught bilateral relationships between countries, the role of mass media in promoting enmity and friendship among nations; the emergence of new media and how it is transforming diplomacy, statecraft and social perceptions of local and global developments.
The fellowship programme is looking forward to scholars and researchers who have completed their Master’s Degree or have an equivalent qualification from a recognized University/Institution.
The applications are open for non-Indian scholars as well.These fellows should have an interest in research based work along with efficient writing skills.
Assistance, Facilities and Opportunities to selected fellows-
• They will be given an opportunity to work with esteemed mentors from their area of research.
• They will gain experience through interaction with students in classroom settings and otherwise in JSI.
They will get access to the prestigious Global Library of JGU as well as their e-library(The Global Library of JGU is housed in a centrally located and beautifully designed building having approximately 20000 sq.ft space.
Spacious reading halls, most modern IT infrastructure provide the right ambience for reading and research in the Library.
The library also has a spacious Lounge which will remain open 24-hours, and a coffee shop. It provides a campus-wide access to its catalog and e-resources through Wi-Fi technology.
The teaching and research work of the University, however, is also supported by online resources such as Westlaw International, LexisNexis, Hein Online, JSTOR, Manupatra, and IndLaw which provide access to over 3000 electronic journals, reports and a variety of other resources.)
• They will also get access and invites to various programmes and interactions organized by YFFP in their various centres as well as campus outreach programmes.
• In the past, YFFP has hosted several illuminaries US Vice President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness D’Souza. You’ll get an opportunity to further your oratory skills through moderating such policy dialogues organized by Youth Forum on Foreign Policy.
• The fellows will be expected to produce a research monograph (10,000 words) at the end of four months (of publishable quality) that can be published in an exclusive foreign policy journal.
• The candidates will be given a monthly stipend as well.
• They will get residence on the campus of JGU in their executive block.