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  • Titli Basu

    Associate Fellow
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    Dr Titli Basu is Associate Fellow at the East Asia Centre. Her research interests include Japanese security, strategy and foreign policy; Japan and the Indo-Pacific; great power politics in East Asia; and India-Japan relations. Dr. Basu has published several research articles on these issues including in India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, The Asan Forum, East Asia Forum, Asian Journal of Public Affairs, and Indian Foreign Affairs Journal. Her current research project in MP-IDSA is on Japan’s Defence Industrial Policy Reform: Debates and Implications for International Cooperation. She completed her doctoral thesis from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She was associated with the Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo as a Visiting Research Fellow (November 2010 to October 2011). She was a recipient of the Japan Foundation fellowship in 2010. Previously she was with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan.

    Her publications include:

    1. "Quad and India's Multi-alignment", East Asia Military Monitor, Volume 2, Issue 3, May-June 2019. 
    2. "Realising 'Make in India': Port-led Development in the Indian Ocean", in China-India-Japan in the Indo-Pacific: Ideas, Interests and Infrastructure, edited by Jagannath P. Panda and Titli Basu (Pentagon Press, 2015) pp. 310-331.
    3. "India-Japan Security Cooperation: Expectation, Challenges and the Way Forward”, in Asian Strategic Review 2015: India as a Security Provider, edited by S.D Muni and Vivek Chadha (Pentagon Press, 2014) pp. 268-286.
    4. "China-Japan Relations: Deciphering the 70th Anniversary Course", in China Year Book 2015 - China’s Transition under Xi Jinping, edited by Jagannath P. Panda (Pentagon Press, 2016) pp.254-276. 

    Publications at MP-IDSA

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    • Executive Summary

      August 22, 2022
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s opinion piece ‘Why the India-Japan ministerial is crucial’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 07 September 2022.

      As the defence and foreign ministers meet, one of the key lookouts includes how the revised NSS designs the China strategy? writes Dr Basu.

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      September 07, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article ‘How will India-Japan Ties Evolve after Abe? ’ was published in Hindustan Times on 27 July, 2022.

      India-Japan security agenda will only get tighter as China conversation deepens between these two Asian democracies, standing up against any unilateral change in the status quo. The Defence White paper 2022 drops a hint on what’s to come in the revised National Security Strategy later this year. A compelling case for building a deeper network with India, especially within the Quad frame, is emerging, writes Dr Basu.

      July 27, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article ‘Abe Shinzo: A Pivotal Chapter in India-Japan Relations’ was published in ‘The Diplomat’ on 13 July, 2022.

      Culling out his vision from his political philosophy, book and other writings, successive election campaigns, and a series of historic speeches delivered over the years encapsulates a man on a definitive mission: re-engineering Japan’s status in the international system as a respected, trusted, and a strong power, writes Dr Basu.

      July 13, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article ‘With Abe's Assassination, Indo-Pacific lost its Foremost Flagbearer’ was published in ‘The Diplomat’ on 11 July, 2022.

      Statecraft was Abe Shinzo's natural instinct. He has set high-standards for Japan’s next-generation leaders, be it in national politics or in grand strategy, writes Dr Basu.

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      July 11, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article ‘Kishida Vision for Peace: Japan’s Global Leadership Gambit’ has been published in The Diplomat on 13 June 2022.

      When the rules-based order is contested, how is Japan going to respond? Tokyo’s answer is the “Kishida Vision for Peace” as articulated during the 2022 Shangri-La Dialogue. How innovative is the Kishida Vision? Examining the five pillars it is anchored on may answer the question.

      June 13, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Japan is likely to play a decisive role in positioning Northeast India as a powerhouse through improved connectivity, opening up trade corridors and driving better economic integration.

      April 19, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘Tokyo to Delhi: The Post-Pandemic Blueprint’ was published in Hindustan Times on 19 March, 2022.

      March 19, 2022
      IDSA News
    • As Yoon Suk-yeol takes charge amid global disorder and deep domestic divide, his legacy will be defined by how well he succeeds in effectively walking the talk of positioning Seoul front and centre in shaping a rules-based order in Indo-Pacific.

      March 14, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Prime Minister Kishida Fumio gave a resolute call for pursuing “realism diplomacy for a new era” in his Diet deliberations. How strategically innovative and politically effective will it prove in pursuing Tokyo’s national interests in the US–China–Japan calculus?

      February 08, 2022
      Issue Brief