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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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    • Japan is manifesting refreshing confidence drawing from its resolve to push the envelope of positive pacifism while determining the strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific.

      January 06, 2022
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘As Tokyo Sharpens its Economic Security Strategy, Has Seikei Bunri Run its Course?’ has been published in 'Australian Outlook' (Australian Institute of International Affairs) on November 11, 2021.

      November 11, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘Previewing India-Japan Relations under PM Kishida’ has been published in ‘The Diplomat’ on November 10, 2021.

      November 10, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘Kishida in Kantei: What can the Indo-Pacific partners expect from Japan?’ has been published in Hindustan Times on September 30, 2021.

      September 30, 2021
      IDSA News
    • With House of Representatives’ four-year term ending in October, and a general election lined up in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party needs a leader who demonstrates statesmanship, political vision, boldness in imagining innovative policy responses, and who enjoys popular support.

      September 09, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has situated the policy conversation on economic security at the centre stage of national security calculus not just in US and Europe but also in Japan. For Japan, it would entail attaining “strategic autonomy” in critical supply chains at the national level, and pursuing “strategic indispensability” at the global level.

      August 25, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Two key elections are approaching in Japan. As Prime Minister Suga seeks public mandate with just one year's report card amidst a pandemic, his political future is contingent on rapid inoculation and a successful Olympics.

      July 01, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘Japan’s Road to Renewables Post-Fukushima’ has been published in ‘The Diplomat’ on March 11, 2021.

      It is the 10th anniversary of Fukushima meltdown. How has Japan fared in mapping a realistic energy mix option, anchored on its 3E+S principle? As Japan pursues its energy and climate ambitions, Tokyo’s innovation and technology prowess will be the driving force in its road to renewables, writes Dr. Basu.


      March 11, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘The US’ greatest asset in East Asia may be Japan’ has been published in Channel News Asia, on February 20, 2021.

      The commentary argues that the US and Japan will need to shore up their economic heft and pursue a shared commitment towards setting the rules on trade.

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      February 20, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article ‘High Technology and India-Japan Strategic Cooperation’ has been published in Australian Outlook (AIIA) on February 3, 2021.

      February 03, 2021
      IDSA News