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  • Omkar Shelar asked: Why is the Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) not gaining pace and how will it affect India's influence compared to that of China in Africa?

    Ruchita Beri replies: The Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is one of the initiatives launched by India in recent years, to enhance cooperation with African countries in partnership with Japan. The AAGC vision document was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 23 May 2017. The main objective of the corridor is to enhance growth and connectivity between Asia and Africa.

    Sanskriti asked: How will the Russia–Ukraine crisis affect the multipolarity of the world order and India's role in it?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: The Russia–Ukraine crisis does not necessarily negate the concept of multipolarity as much as perceived bipolarity because of ongoing competition between the United States (US) and China for global influence, if not leadership. However, it has certainly shattered the hopes of multipolarity as an essential condition for peace and prosperity in the world.

    Asia between Multipolarism and Multipolarity

    • Publisher: KW Publishers
      2020
    This book aims to map the Asian power trajectory and the continent’s contemporary journey towards greater multipolarity. This volume examines the impact of plurilateral and multilateral dialogues and cooperative mechanisms on Asia’s security and economic architecture. It is based on the proceedings of the thought-provoking 20th edition of the Asian Security Conference which was held from March 26-28, 2019 at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
    • ISBN: 9789389137439 ,
    • Price: ₹.1280/-
    • E-copy available
    2020

    Kumar asked: What is meant by strategic balance in Asia?

    S. Kalyanaraman replies: ‘Strategic Balance’ is another term for the traditional concept of ‘balance of power’. It refers to the relative hard power capabilities (economic, military, nuclear, technological) that State A possesses vis-à-vis its competitor or competitors. The balance of relative hard power between State A and its competitor or competitors may be in A’s favour, or in the favour of its competitor or competitors singly or together, or be more or less equal between/among them.

    Asia in international relations: unlearning imperial power relations

    The discipline of International Relations (IR) is deeply enmeshed in the history, intellectual traditions and agency claims of the West, thus obscuring the contributions from the non-Western world. IR theory fails to take cognisance of the global distribution of the various actors along with their contribution to a heterogeneous and rich discipline. There is a pressing need for a departure from IR’s historic complicity with marginalisation and the silencing of alternative epistemologies, thereby making its process of knowledge production truly global and democratic.

    January 2018

    New south Asian security: six core relations underpinning regional security, by Chris Ogden

    Theorising about international relations in South Asia is a daunting task for any scholar of International Relations. The challenge lies in explaining the causal forces behind state behaviour, in order to illuminate a pattern for arriving at an understanding of these relations in a parsimonious manner.

    January 2017

    China’s White Paper on Asia Pacific Security Cooperation: An Assessment

    Through this white paper, China has affirmed its regional ambitions and aims to shape the regional security agenda in the Asia Pacific on its stated terms.

    January 19, 2017

    Asia’s Buddhist Connectivity and India’s Role

    Asia’s Buddhist Connectivity and India’s Role

    India needs to start thinking about seeking a greater transformation in China from authoritarianism to embrace the culture of Buddhism and the impact such a change may entail for enduring relations between India and China.

    February 19, 2016

    Emerging Strategic Trends In Asia

    Emerging Strategic Trends In Asia
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2014

    There is little doubt that Asia – stretching from the Eurasian landmass to the maritime reaches of Australia and the South Pacific – is experiencing a major shift in the global balance of power. Expressions like the ‘Indo-Pacific’ and ‘Asia-Pacific’, contested they maybe, capture Asia’s expanse and dynamism. A power shift from the West to the East is well under way.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-823-1,
    • Price: ₹. 1095/-
    • E-copy available
    2014

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