- Monday, 28 June, 2021
11:00 - 12:00
Rt Hon Lord Kakkar
Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University College London, Member of UK-India Advisory Council, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Mr. Ram Madhav
former National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Member of the Board of Governors, India Foundation
Dr. Garima Mohan
Fellow, Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Lord Sedwill of Sherborne KCMG
former National Security Adviser and former UK Cabinet Secretary
Ms. Premesha Saha
Associate Fellow, Strategic Studies, Observer Research Foundation
With India actively pursuing multiple issue-based strategic alignments and the UK actualizing its goal of a ‘Global Britain’ with strategic partnerships beyond the European continent, New Delhi and London hone the potential to redefine representative multilateralism for the multipolar world. In light of this convergence, Policy Exchange (UK) and the Observer Research Foundation (India) jointly organised this webinar on ‘India and the UK: Towards a New Multilateral Order’.
This dialogue sought to revisit the India-UK partnership amidst emergent opportunities in the realms of strategic technologies, new trade dilemmas and economic resilience in a post-COVID19 world. Furthermore, the webinar sought to understand London’s push for an expanded G-7 grouping with India under the D-10 framework, and probe its relevance in the democratic world’s contest against techno-authoritarianism. In addition, the webinar focussed on the next steps in healthcare cooperation, against the backdrop of the successful cooperation on AstraZeneca vaccines and a substantial Indian diaspora underpinning the UK’s National Health Service. Finally, owing to the recent finalisation of landmark agreements like the 2030 Roadmap for Future India-UK relations and an MoU on Migration and Mobility, the webinar sought to define the scope of India-UK security and development cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.