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Co-founded by alumni from IIT Delhi, St. Stephen’s College and South Asian University, The Bridge Project is an initiative set up by recent graduates to address the divide between academia and policy-making in the field of International Relations and Indian Foreign Policy. The objective is to ‘bridge the gap’ between academia and policy in International Relations by facilitating a dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the discipline. Spread the word and let's bridge that gap!

Co-founded by alumni from IIT Delhi, St. Stephen’s College and South Asian University, The Bridge Project is an initiative set up by recent graduates to address the divide between academia and policy-making in the field of International Relations and Indian Foreign Policy. The objective is to ‘bridge the gap’ between academia and policy in International Relations by facilitating a dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the discipline. Spread the word and let's bridge that gap!

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Co-founded by alumni from IIT Delhi, St. Stephen’s College and South Asian University, The Bridge Project is an initiative set up by recent graduates to address the divide between academia and policy-making in the field of International Relations and Indian Foreign Policy. The objective is to ‘bridge the gap’ between academia and policy in International Relations by facilitating a dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the discipline. Spread the word and let's bridge that gap!

Language:

English


Episodes

EX 900 Reclaiming Public Spaces (Ft. Dr. Shilpa Phadke & Ananya Chhaochharia)

10/18/2020
Shownotes 1. Amulya Gopalkrishnan, (2020) "Why public space isn't public unless women feel free", Times of India 2. Laura Bliss, (2014) "The Lack of Equal Bathroom Access for Women Is a Global Design Flaw", Bloomberg 3. Phadke, S., Khan, S., Ranade,S., (2016)"Give women equal access to public spaces", The Hindu 4. Menon, N., (2017), "Seeing like a Feminist", Zubaan Books 5. Phadke, S., Khan, S., Ranade,S., (2011), "Why Loiter: Women and Risk in Mumbai", Viking Attribution: The Bridge...

Duration:00:52:47

EX 800 An Exclusive Interaction with Shekar Narasimhan, Chairman & Founder, AAPI Victory Fund

10/8/2020
In the latest episode of The Bridge Project, Shekhar Narsimhan offers his take on the upcoming U.S Presidential elections and what it means for the future of America. Narsimhan is the Chairman and Founder of AAPI Victory Fund, an organisation that focuses on mobilizing eligible voters from the Asian American and Pacific Islanders communities and moving them to the ballot box. Narsimhan speaks on a range of issues including the latest on the debate performances of U.S President Donald Trump...

Duration:00:30:42

EX 700 Future of US-India Relations: Business, Politics and Diaspora (Ft. Arun Kumar, Sanjeev Joshipura and Rajesh Mehta)

9/24/2020
Today, the U.S is India’s largest trade partner, with close to $150 billion in two-way trade between the democracies. More than two decades ago, it was just $11 billion. Indo-US defence trade, on the other hand, has risen from close to zero in 2008 to $18 billion today with an array of strategic agreements signed & greater convergence of strategic interests realised than during any other point in their otherwise contentious history. Further, U.S investments add up to around $28 billion in...

Duration:01:00:12

EX 600 Peace and Conflict Resolution (ft. Rhea Mahanta and Dr. Rityusha Tiwari)

9/20/2020
In this podcast, The Bridge Project in association with The Peacebuilding Project, attempts to not just get a better understanding of complex issues related to peace and conflict studies but also understand the work of researchers and practitioners who contribute to this discipline. We are joined by Rhea Mahanta, Founder & President, The Peacebuilding Project & Civil Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Dr. Rityusha Tiwary, Assistant Professor, University of...

Duration:00:54:30

EX 503 Pakistan's Sub-Conventional Warfare and India's Options (ft. Pranay Kotasthane)

9/13/2020
In the third episode of this series, we talk about Pakistan’s strategy of sub-conventional warfare and India's likely response options. We are joined by Pranay Kotasthane, who is Faculty & Head of Research, Takshashila Institution and co-hosts the Hindi podcast Puliyabaazi. You can follow Pranay Kotasthane on Twitter here: @pranaykotas Recommendations: 1. B. Raman, The Kaoboys of R&AW: Down Memory Lane, Lancer 2. Husain Haqqani, Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military, Carnegie Endowment...

Duration:01:01:28

EX 502 Afghanistan's Peace Process and India's Role (ft. Amar Sinha & Dr. Avinash Paliwal)

9/6/2020
Afghanistan has been mired in conflict for over 40 years. In February of this year, the signing of the agreement between the US and Taliban marked a milestone in America’s longest war. However, at present, as the US presence in the country is dwindling, Indian foreign policy in Afghanistan stands at a cross-road. Fear of losing in ‘the Great Game’ has led some to suggest opening a dialogue with the Taliban. Others have pointed out that talking to the Taliban will not serve any purpose since...

Duration:01:15:13

EX 501 China-Pakistan Nexus and its Implications for India (ft. Dr. Ashok K. Behuria and Andrew Small)

8/30/2020
The China-Pakistan strategic relationship has been one of the most enduring ones in world politics, often times leading to consequences for India’s foreign policy. Take, for example, the numerous cases of China’s repeated attempts to support Pakistan in international forums against India’s interests. Beijing and Islamabad also jointly coordinate their military and defence strategies. Do the recent border clashes between India & China and the continuing cross-border tensions with Pakistan...

Duration:01:09:42

EX 403 Climate Change and Multilateralism (ft. Prof Navroz K Dubash & Dr. Dhanashree Jayaram)

8/23/2020
Episode 3: Climate Change & Multilateralism In the COP 25 Summit, consensus emerged that sustainable economic growth cannot exist without a healthy environment and our encroachment upon the environment, erodes our ability to grow. This is a significant debate in the world of economics which concerns itself with boosting levels of productivity by reducing costs and minimizing wastages. At a time when unilateralism and populism are rising around the globe, the fact that the nations of the...

Duration:01:13:36

EX 402 Water Management and Diplomacy (ft. Ms. Ambika Vishwanath and Dr. Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman)

8/16/2020
Episode 2: Water Management & Diplomacy South Asia has a paucity of data and information both within nations and across borders in the area of water resources, rivers and glaciers. Greater investment in information and analysis could aid in better-coordinated policy making. How do we better manage our rivers in India to reduce the negative impact of uncertainties in the climate and why do we need to bring water into the conversation of broader policy making? Dr Mirza Rahman and Ambika...

Duration:00:52:43

EX 401 Regionalism and Sub-Regionalism in South Asia (ft. Ms. Ambika Vishwanath and Ms. Riya Sinha)

8/9/2020
Episode 1: Regionalism & Sub-Regionalism in South Asia In the first episode of The Bridge Project Exclusives in collaboration with Kubernein Initiative, we talk about regionalism and sub-regionalism in South Asia and the non-traditional security threats associated with it. We are joined by Ambika Vishwanath, Co-Founder of Kubernein Initiative and Riya Sinha, Research Associate at Brookings India. Ambika is a geopolitical analyst and water security specialist with over 13 years of...

Duration:01:03:46

EX 303 Artificial Intelligence:A Political Economy Perspective (ft. Dr. Anupam Guha)

8/2/2020
In this third episode of AI series, we explore the political economy perspective on AI. We explore the impact of AI on changing nature of jobs and the ownership of data. Will an evolving factors of production induce a direct worker ownership of AI technologies? How will the state capacity increase to admit the usages of AI and related insights. Bringing these perspectives is a very well experienced scholar who has been an AI scientist himself and now working on policy questions- Dr. Anupam...

Duration:00:56:48

EX 302 Public Policy and Governance Perspective on Artificial Intelligence(AI) (ft.Dr.Vidya Subramanian and Ms.Vidushi Marda)

7/26/2020
In this second episode of AI, we explore the public policy and governance of AI aspects. We dwell in depth on the aspects that impact AI research such as legal implications of data collection and storage, privacy concerns among others. AI's impact at the intersection with society is another dimension that has been explored further here. Bringing these perspectives together are two well experienced speakers - Ms.Vidushi Marda and Dr. Vidya Subramanian Listen in for a thought provoking and...

Duration:00:50:57

EX 301 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Primer: Implications for National Security (feat. Dr Jaganath Sankaran & Maj Gen P K Chakraborty)

7/19/2020
In this episode of The Bridge Project Exclusives called as Artificial Intelligence (AI) Primer, we aim to understand what is artificial intelligence and how it could possibly influence national security. We discuss the broader trends in AI around the world and attempt to situate the national security needs of India in light of Artificial Intelligence. We also address questions like what kind of AI does India want? What are the R&D capabilities that India possess? Are the Indian Armed Forces...

Duration:00:53:49

EX 203 Behavioural Sciences in Action: Negotiators' Perspectives (ft. Amb (Dr) Mohan Kumar)

7/12/2020
Behavioural science has offered alternative explanations for actions, in the field of social sciences, that are considered as “irrational.” International negotiations are an important aspect of a state’s engagement with its external environment. While scholarship on international negotiations has revolved around the strengths, weaknesses and viability of negotiations and the solutions they offer, there seems to be limited scholarship on the dynamics of international negotiations. In this...

Duration:00:49:41

EX 202 Behavioural Economics in Action: Mental Health Policies (ft. Dr Daniel Walsh)

7/5/2020
In the second episode of The Bridge Project Exclusives on Behavioural Economics, we are joined by Dr Daniel Walsh. Dr Walsh is an experienced consultant with a background in risk and communications. His current research focuses on understanding how the public make sense of health and illness. In particular, how the public respond to conditions perceived as threatening and contagious. He has done his Bachelors in Psychology and Behavioural Science and MPhil in Social and Developmental...

Duration:00:31:15

EX 201 Behavioural Economics in Action: Public Policy and International Perspective (feat. Prof Shagata Mukherjee and Tulsipriya Rajkumari)

6/28/2020
Prof Shagata Mukherjee is a maverick in the field of behavioural and experimental economics and public policy, currently teaching the mentioned courses at Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics. He has done his PhD from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, USA. His core research interests include the role of gender and social norms on policies. For his thesis, he had delved into how default risk can be reduced among microfinance borrowers and busted myths...

Duration:01:01:38

GS 05 International Relations Scholarship in India vis-a-vis The Great Debates of IR (feat. Prof Sumit Ganguly)

6/20/2020
The Gold Series goes theoretical. We discuss the evolution of International Relations (IR) scholarship in India with respect to the Great Debates that have shaped the trajectory of the discipline. We find out how receptive Indian academia has been in responding to the wider trends in the discipline of IR. We are joined by Prof Sumit Ganguly in this conversation. He is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations...

Duration:00:34:18

GS 04 The Future of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (ft. Dr Manpreet Sethi)

6/14/2020
The invention of nuclear weapons technology altered the course of modern history and changed the dynamics of world politics. Over a century later these weapons still play a dominant role in geopolitics and international affairs. Nuclear bombs don’t require detonation to have a huge impact- it has already permeated our thinking and continues to influence the behaviour of nation states. The subject of Nuclear weapons opens up a plethora of complex yet interesting issues- from discerning the...

Duration:00:35:23

GS 03 The Human Dimension in International Relations (ft. Dhruva Jaishankar)

6/7/2020
In this episode of The Bridge Project Gold Series, we will talk about "The Human Dimension" of International Relations. We will try to understand the intangible factors that determine the interest and approach towards Indian Foreign Policy. How do of life experiences, passion and risk-taking abilities of an individual lead him/her to address real-world research problems in International Relations? The objective of this offbeat episode is to motivate young scholars on how they can play their...

Duration:00:31:27

GS 02 Great Power Rivalry and Its Implications for India (ft. Prof C Raja Mohan)

5/31/2020
Rivalries are a feature of international politics. Great power rivalry being the showpiece event. The never ending-security dilemma amongst Great Powers have often brought the world to near catastrophes over varying time periods in history. In an era of rapid advancement in technology leading to a new arms race & the resultant unpreparedness to deal with other kinds of risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic have once again brought into question the nature of great power politics. Additionally,...

Duration:00:44:38