Perspectives from India

Panel discussion on conflict transformation in a multipolar world

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In this free event, distinguished experts and practitioners from India shared insights on India as an actor in the international peacebuilding scene.


This event took place on 16 June 2021.

Thank you to our panellists and to everyone who joined the discussion.

With its large population and a great variety of cultures and religious or philosophical beliefs, India has experienced many dialogues between communities. At the global level, India stands for South-South solidarity and peaceful co-existence between states. That is why India’s role in international politics has often been framed as a ‘moral power on the rise’. In recent years, India has become increasingly involved in multilateral debates on peace and security, while embarking on new foreign policy directions.



In the second session of our series ‘Conflict transformation in a multipolar world’, distinguished experts and practitioners from India will share insights into current discourses on conflict transformation and share their views on India as an actor in the international peacebuilding scene. Our discussions will revolve around the question of how we can foster mutual learning across peacebuilding communities, to better address future challenges for conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

The Berghof Foundation together with the Freie Universität Berlin would like to invite you to this online discussion:

Perspectives from India

Panel discussion on conflict transformation in a multipolar world

16 June 2021
15:00 CEST/18:30 ITS (ical, ics)




Opening remarks
  • Dr Karoline Eickhoff, Associate Researcher, Berghof Foundation
Panel discussion with:
  • Prof. Anjoo Sharan, Professor at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Dr Florina Xavier, Return and Reintegration Advisor at Act for Peace, Chennai
  • Prof. Gladston Xavier, Associate Professor in Social Work at Loyola College, Chennai

Moderated by: Prof. Tobias Berger, Junior Professor for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

  • Janel B. Galvanek, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Unit, Berghof Foundation

This event will take place in English.

We are looking very much forward to involving you into the discussion. Please send us your questions via email prior to the event or join our discussion on Twitter.

About the event series

The international actors’ landscape in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is changing and becoming increasingly multipolar. The Berghof Foundation aims to explore the implications of this development for our work by inviting peacebuilding and conflict transformation experts from around the world. In this series of panel discussions, we focus on countries with historically and contextually distinct approaches to conflict transformation who are playing increasingly important roles in regional and international peacebuilding.

Please note that the event will be recorded using the cloud-based recording tool within the Zoom.us platform (using cloud servers based in the U.S.), to be published on the Berghof Foundation’s website and social media channels for external communications purposes. You can find the Berghof Foundation’s data protection notice here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Berghof Foundation's Data Protection Officer (data.protection@berghof-foundation.org).

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