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India and ASEAN: The Politics of India’s Look East Policy

 
Amitabh Mattoo (Editor) Frederic Grare (Editor)
Synopsis Can international relations be explained by geopolitics alone? More precisely, does geographical proximity necessarily lead to intense interconnections? The principal concerns of the present volume on the India-ASEAN security relationships are rooted in these questions. India’s association with South-East Asia goes back in history, and it has had great influence on the region, both linguistic and cultural. As is well known, economic and cultural relations flourished in the pre-colonial era, only to decline over time. At the beginning of the 1990s, economic and political relations between South and South-East Asia were minimal and often antagonistic. The situation changed considerably with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent reduction of the American forces in the region. There were fears in most ASEAN states of a power vacuum that a politically and economically dynamic China could easily fill. India too faced growing concerns at the possibility of a potentially hegemonic China wanting to dominate the region. This shared perception, together with India’s own liberalized economic policies compelled New Delhi to look East. This evolving relationship between India and ASEAN, however, raises many questions: how does India perceive itself on the regional and international scene? How is it perceived by the ASEAN states? What are India’s and ASEAN’s main security concerns? Do they share a common threat perception and is there a consensus on the ways and means to manage common threats? What does India have to offer to the ASEAN states—politically, economically and militarily? These are some of the issues that the CSNS (JNU, New Delhi), the ISEAS (Singapore) and the CSH (New Delhi) sought to address in a joint research programme entitled ‘India’s Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Millennium: Forging New Partnerships in Southeast Asia’ which has resulted in the present volume.
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About the author

Frederic Grare

Frederic Grare is Director of the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. He holds a Ph. D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva and had previously worked for the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies in Geneva. Dr. Grare’s recent publications include: India and ASEAN: The Politics of India’s Look-East Policy (co-edited with A. Mattoo), Islamism and Security: Political Islam and the Western World, Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence (co-authored with Shirin Akiner and Mohammed-Reza Djalili) and Political Islam in the Indian Subcontinent: The Jamaat-i-Islami.

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Title India and ASEAN: The Politics of India’s Look East Policy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173043302
length 248p.