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What Will Be the India-ROK Trajectory Post 2022 Presidential Elections?

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  • February 22, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's co-authored paper ‘What Will Be the India-ROK Trajectory Post 2022 Presidential Elections?’ has been published as ‘Focus Asia’ at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm on 22, February 2022.

    The paper argues that under its Act East Policy, New Delhi is increasingly concerned with peace and security in East Asia, including in the Korean Peninsula. Its existing and long-standing ties with Pyongyang can be an asset for Seoul to enable North-South exchanges that advance the peace process. Further, as South Korea faces increasing pressure to formulate an Indo-Pacific strategy amid heightening regional tensions (and considering its status as a formidable middle power), greater interaction with India and alignment with India’s inclusive approach and multipolar vision for the region will be vital. Such factors, alongside trade and economic growth considerations, will continue to drive India-South Korea engagement in the coming times, regardless of changes in leadership.

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