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Rising India in the Changing Asia Pacific: Strategies and Challenges

Ganganath Jha (Editor) Vibhanshu Shekhar (Editor)

Rising India in the Changing Asia-Pacific: Strategies and Challenges, is an attempt to understand and examine changing geopolitical realities of the Asia-Pacific in the twenty-first century and emerging contours of India's responses to the new-emerging challenges as an emerging great power. This edited volume throws light on two decades of India's Look East policy, its efforts towards connectivity, regional cooperation and its overall foreign policy thrusts towards its extended neighbourhood in the East. The volume also puts in perspective India's approaches to multilateralism and its role in the whole gamut of ASEAN-driven regional architectures ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Plus Defence Ministerial Meeting (ADMM+), BIMSTEC, Mekong Ganga Cooperation etc.

The study suggests that India has focused its attention on strategic engagement with Asia-Pacific by expanding its commitments and participation in the multilateral cooperative framework to counter both traditional and non-traditional threats facing the region. While China-threat seems to have been giving fresh lease of life to India's balancing roles at regular intervals, challenges like maritime security, sea-piracy, terrorism, climate change, food security, natural disasters, and financial security continue to bring India and the Asia-Pacific together. The region exhibits a new buoyancy towards greater economic integration, physical and cultural connectivity and sustained engagement at the levels of governments, private businesses and people-to-people. Although challenges, such as bureaucratic loopholes, pressure groups and the lack of political will, inhibit the full-scale relationship, civic drivers of engagement are giving new momentum to the strategic engagement between a rising India and a very powerful Asia-Pacific in what has come to be known as Asian Century.

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About the author

Ganganath Jha

Dr. Ganganath Jha, an alumnus of Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, has been working as a faculty member in the department for the last 25 years. Dr. Jha has been contributing articles in reputed journals and edited volumes. A number of articles in Indonesian Quarterly (Jakart), Contemporary Southeast Asia, India Quarterly and Strategic Analysis are well appreciated. Some of his books, Foreign Policy of Thailand (1978), Southeast Asia (1988) are widely reviewed. He has widely traveled in Southeast Asia, Holland and China and writes on the subject from his personal experiences.

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Title Rising India in the Changing Asia Pacific: Strategies and Challenges
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.04.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 9788182745896
length x+284p.