In this episode, we explore the nature of international organizations and the concept of multilateralism. We discuss how India’s engagement strategy in international organizations and its approach to multilateralism have evolved over the years. We also enumerate various stakeholders in multilateral diplomacy and throw light on the role of advocacy networks in international forums. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we also analyze how international institutions are responding to this crisis.
We are joined by two distinguished experts – Amb. T. P. Sreenivasan and Dr. Karthik Nachiappan.
Amb. T.P. Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years. He is the Former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. He has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Non-aligned Movement.
Dr. Karthik Nachiappan is a Research Fellow at Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS Singapore. His research focuses on India’s approach toward multilateral institutions and global governance. He has recently published a book titled “Does India Negotiate?”
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3. Sreenivasan, T.P., 2019, Modiplomacy: Through a Shakespearean Prism, Konark Publishers
4. Nachiappan, K., 2019, Redirecting Multilateralism: Will India Seize the Opportunity?, The Green Political Foundation, HBS.
5. Munsi, Pallabi (2020), Why the Indian Namaste is going viral?, Ozy.
The Bridge Project (2020), "On India's Approach to International Organizations and Multilateralism", 1(7), 28 April 2020, URL:
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