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Symbi's new web magazine encourages strategic thinking

Indian Review of Global Affairs (IRGAmag), a web-based news magazine pioneered by Symbiosis International University (SIU), was launched by union external affairs minister Salman Khurshid at a function in New Delhi recently.

Principal-director, Symbiosis, Vidya Yeravdekar, outlined the concept behind IRGAmag. "Many people have lamented the lack of a cohesive strategic mindset in India. SIU's initiative is towards inculcating strategic thinking in a holistic manner involving academia, media, the strategic community and decision makers," said Yeravdekar.

The magazine aims to present foreign news, analysis and commentary of major international events from an Indian perspective. Yeravdekar informed that SIU has pioneered this unique project to bridge the divide between academia and the media.

Praising the initiative, Khurshid said, "The information and analysis the IRGAmag sought to disseminate was greatly needed and would help the youth to better understand India's foreign policy and encourage them to participate." On India's security doctrine, he added that the concept of a well-articulated security doctrine is evolving and in due course it will become apparent.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on 'Securing India's Neighbourhood' by an all-women group of eminent foreign policy analysts and moderated by ambassador Arundhati Ghose, India's former permanent representative at the conference on disarmament and now a member of the advisory board of the Symbiosis Institute of International Studies. Other participants were ambassador Leela Ponappa (former deputy national security adviser), professor Madhu Bhalla (professor at the department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University).