India and ASEAN - The Politics of India's Look East Policy

India and ASEAN - The Politics of India's Look East Policy

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Author: Frederic Grare
Amitabh Mattoo/
Editor: Frederic Grare / Amitabh Mattoo
Publisher: Manohar
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 248
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173043302


Can international relations be explained by geopolitics alone? More precisely, does geographical proximity necessarily lead to intense interconnections? The principal concerns of the present volume on the India-ASEAN security relationships are rooted in these questions. India’s association with south-East Asia goes back in history, and it has had great influence on the regions, both linguistic and cultural. As is well known, economic and political relations between South and South-East Asia were minimal and often antagonistic.

The situation changed considerably with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent reduction of the American forces in the region. There were fears in most ASEAN states of a power vacuum that a politically and economically dynamic China could easily fill. India too faced growing concerns at the possibility of a potentially hegemonic China wanting to dominate the region. This shared perception, together with India’s own liberalized economic policies compelled New Delhi to look East.

This evolving relationship between India and ASEAN, however, raises many questions: How does India perceive itself on the regional and international scene? How is it perceived by the ASEAN main security concerns? Do they share a common threat perception and is there a consensus on the ways and means to manage common threats? What does India have to offer to the ASEAN states- politically, economically and militarily?

These are some of the issue that the CSNS ( JNU, New Delhi), ISEAS (Singapore) and the CSH ( New Delhi) sought to address in a joint research at the Turn of the Millennium: Forging New partnerships in Southeast Asia which has resulted in the present volume.




Frederic Grare and Amitabh Mattoo

The Geopolitical Interconnection between
South and South-East Asia
Daljit Singh

ASEAN-India Relations during the Cold War
Man Mohini Kaul

Regional Perceptions of India
Kripa Sridharan

ASEAN in India’s Foreign Policy
Amitabh Mattoo

In Search of a Role: India and the
ASEN Regional Forum
Frederic Grare

ASEAN-India Defence Interactions
Mak Joon Num

India’s Confrontation with Chiness Interests
in Myanmar
Gilles Boquerat

China Factor in India’s Ties with South-East Asia
Swaran Singh

The ASEAN-India Relationship:
The Role of the United States
Christian Wagner

Select Bibliography
M V S V Prasad (Compiler)