Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 4, October-December

India, and SAARC: Some Future Determinants
To those of us living here in South Asia, it seems to be the heart of Asia. Like the Asian continent, South Asia is 'a salad bowl of diversities', flavoured by an underlying sense of cultural and spiritual unity. It is home to nearly a quarter of mankind.Extending...
India and the East Asia Summit
The Asian region has witnessed rapid and significant structural changes during the last few decades, experiencing the fastest growth in the world and has continued to lead global growth despite the two major debacles of the financial and economic crises...
India's Energy Security Challenges
In 2012, India emerged as the world's third largest energy consumer, after China and the USA. Its energy consumption then was 788 million tonnes oil equivalent (mtoe)1 - 1.7 times that of Japan, and equal to the combined consumption of the United Kingdom,...
India's Ocean: The Story of India's Bid for Regional Leadership
David Brewster, India's Ocean: The Story of India's Bid for Regional Leadership, New York: Routledge: 2014, Pages: 244, Price: Rs. 7058.00.The book under review presents a coherent argument about India's natural aspirations in the Indian Ocean and how...
Pakistan at the Heart of SAARC's Failure
The idea of SAARC has always made sense as cooperation amongst the South Asian states benefits all in that it responds to the collective needs of the region. In practice, however, SAARC has effectively failed as an organisation - and this despite every...
Present Is Depressing and the Future Is Gloomy
The present is depressing and the future is gloomy as far as regional cooperation in SouthAsia is concerned.As Mahatma Gandhi said about western civilisation, it would be a good idea. However, its time has not come. The latest summit in Kathmandu has...
Regional Cooperation in South Asia the Present and the Future
On 8 December 1985, leaders of 7 South Asian Countries came together to launch the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, SAARC.In the preamble to the Charter itself, signed that day, they expressed their conviction that 'regional cooperation...
Re-Invigorating SAARC
It is now universally recognised that the regional cooperation in South Asia is far less developed in comparison to other regions. There is irony in this situation, as countries in the region have very strong historical and civilisational links even...
SAARC and Economic Integration in South Asia
Economic cooperation and integration became a part of the SAARC work agenda when the council of ministers of the member countries signed an agreement to form the South Asian Preferential Trade Agreement (SAPTA) in April 1993. The move was prompted by...
SAARC: Not a Forum for Clearing Indo-Pak Distrust
In the three decades after it was consolidated as a mechanism for regional cooperation in 1985, the agenda of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), whose member nations share common historical perceptions and close-knit geographic...
The Revitalisation of SAARC
The geographical proximity of neighbouring nations has emerged as a reasonable basis for forging trade and development cooperation in various regions the world over. Of these regional ventures, some have succeeded - as in Europe and South East Asia;...
The Shale Revolution: Its Impact and Implications for India
Production of shale oil and gas had begun in North America around 2007; however, its full impact began to be felt only around 2011. Its advent has been likened to that of the sighting of a 'Black Swan', an event that is rare, unusual and unexpected,...
The Unfinished War in Afghanistan 2001-2014
Vishal Chandra, The Unfinished War in Afghanistan 2001-2014, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2015, Pages: 340, Price: INR 1,495.00.Afghanistan has been in a state of war and internal unrest for over four decades....
The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World
T.V. Paul, The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World, New Delhi: Random House, 2014, Pages: 257, Price: Rs. 499.00Books that try to test theories by analysing the practice normally tend to be very intense. Paul's Warrior State is not an exception...
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