The School of Policy and Governance is excited to announce our next Executive Education Program:

Emerging Security Challenges in South Asia

14-17 March 2019
Location: JSW Steel Limited, National trust for handicapped,
Block A, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110016, India.

 In Partnership with

University of New South Wales
O P Jindal Global University


South Asia is a region marked by numerous armed conflicts, border disputes and inter-state hostilities, including the nuclear rivalry between India and Pakistan. For decades, security scholarship and policy making in the region has been dominated by a focus on these traditional or ‘hard’ security issues that are focused primarily on security of the state and its apparatus. Yet, South Asia is also home to the largest number of poor and hungry people in the world. It is also one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impacts of climate change, with hundreds of millions of South Asians facing serious threats to their ways of life, livelihoods and physical survival. As economies in the region continue to expand, industrialisation and urbanisation also continue at rapid rates, further pushing up the demand for precious natural resources such as agricultural land and freshwater – that are in limited supply and under great strain already – and for energy. These challenges are unfolding within broader socio-economic and political contexts that are underpinned by high levels of inequalities and social injustice. How policymakers respond to these emerging security challenges in South Asia will determine the fate of a vast swathe of humanity that has implications beyond South Asia’s borders.

This four-day intensive program in partnership with The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney and the School of International Affairs, O P Jindal Global University, will provide students an opportunity to engage with some of these issues in depth, and learn from scholars and policy specialists from diverse areas of expertise.

  • Breadth of Coverage

    Receive an overview of Emerging Security Challenges in South Asia across a range of topics.

  • Workshop Oriented

    Workshops and case studies will help you translate academic theory to practical ways to address gaps.

  • Diverse Participation

    Professionals as well as Graduate students can take part to understand the dynamics of policy.


Monika Barthwal Datta
Monika Barthwal Datta

Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney & Director, SPG

Monika Barthwal-Datta is a Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Monika’s research areas include critical security studies, securitization studies, and foreign policy. Empirically, her research focuses on non-traditional security issues, particularly food security; non-state actors and regional security challenges in South Asia, Indian foreign policy, and more recently, nuclear politics. Monika is currently working on a research project with Dr Priya Chacko (University of Adelaide) that investigates strategic narratives of India’s identity as an actor in international relations. Prior to joining UNSW, Monika led a two-year research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation on ‘Food Security in Asia: Strategic risks and mitigation’ at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney. She was awarded her Ph.D. by Royal Holloway College, University of London and holds an MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University. She also has a Master’s in International Journalism from Cardiff University and has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service Radio in London for several years. Monika is the author of Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications (IISS and Routledge, 2014) and Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitisation Theory and the role of non-state actors (Routledge, 2012). She is also a Director of the School of Policy and Governance, India and an Executive Member of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia.


Smita Sharma
Smita Sharma

Senior Journalist/Columnist and TV Commentator

Smita Sharma is an award-winning Senior Journalist/Columnist and TV Commentator in India. She is Deputy Editor with The Tribune and writes on foreign policy and security issues. A former broadcast journalist, she was the Foreign Affairs In-charge and Prime Time Anchor with leading news networks in India including India Today TV, Aajtak, IBN7, and CNN-IBN. In more than 15 years of her journalistic career, she has covered major foreign policy and political assignments across the globe, natural disasters, terrorist incidents as well as social and humanitarian issues. Her reportage of the Kashmir conflict in 2010 won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award. You can engage with her on Twitter at @smita_sharma 


Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

Political Scientist, Associate Professor,
Assistant Dean for International Collaborations (Graduate Programs) and Executive Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University.

Dr. Kipgen has published single-authored books in Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Oxford University Press, and Ruby Press; peer-reviewed academic articles in Social Research, International Studies, World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Profile, and Asian Affairs. He has also published over 180 articles in various leading international newspapers and magazines in five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America.


Shruti Pandalai
Shruti Pandalai

Shruti Pandalai is a Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi primarily working on India’s strategic thought and practice. India’ great power politics, neighbourhood relations, developments in military affairs and new emerging threats to national security are her areas of research. She also specialises on the issue of strategic communication in defence and diplomacy. She has been part of task force projects with the National Security council secretariat, ministry of external affairs and home affairs and frequently presents her research at conferences in international think tanks and military institutions. Her current project at IDSA looks at “Strategic Narratives in The Indian National Security Discourse”, with a focus on the dynamics of the Sino-Indian relationship and the narrative exploring the issue of India and The Indo Pacific: Emerging Geopolitics and Implications for the region. Shruti was honoured with the IDSA President’s Award for excellence in research in 2015. She is part of many emerging leaders’ fora including “The Asian Forum of Global Governance” , The Munich Young Leaders and also a Raisina 2017 Fellow. Previously, Shruti was a broadcast journalist, a News Anchor and Senior Correspondent with a leading national English news network specialising in international affairs. She is an alumna of St Xavier’s College Calcutta, The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London.


Ambassador Asoke Mukerji
Ambassador Asoke Mukerji

Ambassador Asoke Mukerji served in the Indian Foreign Service for more 37 years, before retiring from New York as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in December 2015. He has been Deputy High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom with the personal rank of Ambassador from 2007-2010; Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan from 2005-2007; Deputy Chief of Mission in India’s Embassy to the Russian Federation between 2001-2005; and India’s first resident Charged’affaires in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in 1992.

As India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, he was actively involved in the negotiations between 2013-2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030. He was a delegate to the World Trade Organization, including its Committee on Trade and Environment, and represented India in 11 trade disputes, including the Shrimp-Turtle Case.

Currently, the Ambassador is the only civilian elected member of the governing Council of the United Service Institution (USI) of India, which is India’s oldest defence think tank, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Vivekananda International Foundation. He is a member of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi.

Ambassador Mukerji is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of London. In July 2018, the University of East Anglia, UK awarded him a Doctorate in Civil Laws (honoris causa) degree for his contributions to diplomacy.

He has brought out seven books. His latest, “India and the United Nations: a Photo Journey 1945-2015” was presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in September 2015.


The current program outline is as follows. The outline will be updated with speakers as soon as they are confirmed.

New Delhi – Day 1

Emerging Security Challenges in South Asia – Theories, Concepts and Issues

8:45 a.m. – Arrivals

9:00 a.m. – SPG Introduction and Welcome. Introduction to course aims, learning outcomes and structure

9:30 a.m. – What do we mean by ‘peace’ and ‘security’? What are ‘emerging’ security challenges? Key conceptual/ theoretical debates in International Peace and Security Studies

11:00 a.m. – Morning Tea

11:15 a.m. – Gendering ‘security’ – or how feminist approaches in International Relations can help uncover gender in the structure, practices and theories of security, and their implications for how we ‘make sense’ of the world.

12:45 p.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m. – Expert Roundtable I: Security scholarship and praxis in South Asia

3:15 p.m. – Afternoon Tea

3:30 p.m. – Overview of key ‘emerging’ security challenges in South Asia
Workshop – What are the analytical and policy implications of calling an issue a ‘security’ issue?

5:00 p.m. – Close of Day 1

6:30 p.m. – Pre-dinner drinks

7:00 p.m. – Keynote and dinner

New Delhi – Day 2

Climate Change and Security in South Asia

9:30 a.m. – Climate Change and food security in South Asia – local, national and regional dynamics

11:00 a.m. – Morning tea

11:15 a.m. – South Asia’s Water Crisis – concerns for human security, political stability and strategic imperatives

12:45 a.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m. – Energy Security in South Asia – conflict and cooperation

3:30 p.m. – Afternoon tea

3:45 p.m. – Workshop: How should South Asia deal with the impacts of climate change on food, water and energy imperatives? What are the implications of securitising climate change?

5:15 p.m. – Close of Day 2

New Delhi – Day 3

Governing Bodies and Borders: Migrants, Identity and Security in South Asia

9:30 a.m. – The politics of representation – exploring the migrants-identity-security nexus

11:00 a.m. – Morning tea

11:15 a.m. – Expert Roundtable: (When) Are migratns/ refugees a ‘national security’ threat?

12:45 a.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m. – Securitizing migrants/ refugees in South Asia – A case study of the Rohingya refugee crisis

3:30 p.m. – Afternoon tea

3:45 p.m. – Class debate

5:15 p.m. – Close of Day 3

New Delhi – Day 4

Emerging Security Challenges in Asia – Actors, Issues and a New Policy Agenda?

9:30 a.m. – Expert Roundtable – Traditional and Emerging Security Challemges in South Asia: Intersections and Overlaps

11:00 a.m. – Morning tea

11:15 a.m. – Expert Roundtable – Who ‘does’ security in South Asia? Exploring the role of state and non-state actors

12:45 a.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m. – Workshop – (Re)Imagining security policy in South Asia

3:30 p.m. – Afternoon tea

3:45 p.m. – Critical reflections

5:15 p.m. – Close of Day 4


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Applications are now open for this program! We recommend you apply soon to ensure you receive a decision quicker.




14-17 March 2019 –
Location: JSW Steel Limited
National trust for handicapped, Block A, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110016, India.


Students: Rs 12,500 + 18% GST [ID Required]
Non-Students: Rs 20,000 + 18% GST

Once your application is submitted, you will be required to make a payment. A tax invoice will be provided on request. In case your application is not accepted, you will be given a 100% refund.

You will receive 100% refund if you cancel one month before the program. You will receive 50% refund if you cancel up to 1 week before the program. There will be no refund for cancellations in the last week.


The course will extend to cover a mix of theory, workshops and practical examples related to cyber and privacy policy in India. A tentative course outline, will be provided soon.


We recommend that participants have an undergraduate degree, but it is not mandatory. Professionals, public servants and postgraduate students are invited to apply. The application acceptance will depend on the quality of your application. We recommend a high level of English proficiency.

Please note, applications will be evaluated upon receipt and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications within 10 business days of their receipt.

Applications will open on the 7th of February 2019. Candidates may apply until 11:59 pm IST on 9th March 2019.

As there are limited spots available, we encourage you to apply early.


At the end of the program, each participant will receive a certificate of participation.


Applications are now open for this program! We recommend you apply soon to ensure you receive a decision quicker.

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