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India-Japan relations are entering a new phase of enhanced cooperation with the objective of evolving the bilateral relationship into a 'strategic partnership' encompassing global, regional, and bilateral dimensions. Perhaps, this is for the first time that India and Japan have embarked upon such an ambitious agenda, which is also indicative of the commitment both countries have shown.
Asia is undergoing remarkable and profound changes both politically and economically. While the economic dynamism is well appreciated and taken note of, concerns continue to linger on the security front. Many of them to a large extent can be ameliorated with greater cooperation among the regional great powers. In this context, India-Japan relations acquire added salience which can contribute to peace and security in East Asia.
Bearing the above in mind, certain vital topics such as Southeast Asian security issues, nuclear issues and prospects for arms control in the Asia-Pacific, rise of China, economic relations between India and Japan, perceptions on global and regional strategic environment, and the multilateral frameworks, including United Nations reform are discussed by various authors.
N.S. SISODIA is Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, and a Member of the National Security Advisory Board. He holds an Honour's degree in History from the University of Delhi and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management from Harvard University, where he was a Mason Fellow. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1968 and served as Additional Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat and Secretary to Government of India in the Ministries of Finance and Defence. He was a member of the Task Force constituted to recommend measures for Reforming the Management of Defence. He has also been Vice-Chancellor, University of Udaipur.
G.V.C. NAIDU is Senior Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. A doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he specialises in security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His research interests include security problems of the Asia-Pacific, role of multilateralism, Japan's foreign and security policies, US policies towards Asia, energy and maritim-related issues, and India's relations with Southeast Asia and Japan. He has published a book on the Indian Navy and Southeast Asia and several monographs.