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India-China Relations and the Security Dilemma

September 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm

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Title of the Talk: India-China Relations and the Security Dilemma

Name of Speaker:  Dr. Sriparna Pathak

Designation: Adjunct Faculty, Jindal School of International Affairs

Abstract: Structural realism as a theory of international relations posits that power is the most important factor in international relations. First outlined by Kenneth Waltz in 1979, structural realism holds that states want to ensure their own survival in an anarchic international order, for which they can rely only in self-help. This driving force of ensuring survival influences states’ behaviour and in turn leads to states developing offensive military capabilities to increase their relative power. Because states can never be sure of others’ intentions, a lack of trust between states is a constant, leading them to be on guard against relative losses of power which could enable other states to threaten their survival. This lack of trust, based on uncertainty, is known as the security dilemma.  With multiple changes in the international system it has been often held that structural realism is inadequate to explain international politics of the 21st century. However what needs to be mentioned in this context is the fact that the security dilemma continues to be as relevant today as it was in the 1980s. India and China which have a long-standing boundary dispute have an extremely complicated relationship which is a mix of economic cooperation, long historical contacts, a 1962 conflict, the Doklam standoff and as important representatives of the Asian century in international politics. This talk seeks to test the relevance of the security dilemma in the context of India- China relations as they stand today.

Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Sriparna Pathak, an Adjunct Faculty in the Jindal School of International Affairs, was formerly a Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Gauhati University in Assam, India. She has also been an Assistant Professor and Assam Don Bosco University, prior to which she was a Consultant at the Policy Planning and Research Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. She is also a Fellow at the South Asia Democratic Forum in Brussels, Belgium. Awarded a Doctorate degree from the Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2015, she has also worked with the Observer Research Foundation in Kolkata and New Delhi respectively, UNICEF India and the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, New Delhi. She has also been a journalist at the Indian Express, New Delhi and the Avenue Mail, Jharkhand respectively. She has also been a recipient of the joint scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, India and the China Scholarship Council, Government of the People’s Republic of China. She spent two years in China, actively researching various aspects of China’s domestic economy. Besides English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese, she is also fluent in Mandarin. Her areas of interest are China’s domestic economy, trade and economic relations between India and China and China’s foreign policy and economic linkages with the world.

Date: 20th September 2019
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:40 PM
Venue: AC 02 LT 110


September 20, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:40 pm


Department of International Relations


AC 02 LT 110
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