The Bay of Bengal, while split by national boundaries and even our concepts of distinct South and Southeast Asian regions, is re-emerging as a connected geographic and demographic space. Some of Asia’s most consequential transnational policy challenges will be most starkly presented here, across the borders of India, Bangladesh, and Burma – and traditional policy-making structures are already struggling to cope with environmental disasters, the mass movement of people, and the yawning need for economic connectivity. This webinar will examine these policy challenges, from the fragility of the Sundarbans ecosystem to the transnational implications of the Burma coup, and whether existing state and multilateral institutions are capable of addressing them.
Speakers:Amb. Kelley Eckles Currie, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and U.S. Representative at the United Nations Commission on the Status of WomenTanaya Dutta Gupta, PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, DavisDr. Constantino Xavier, Fellow in Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress - New Delhi
Moderator:Dr. Arzan Tarapore, South Asia research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University