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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 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 IDSA

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    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Dr. Titli Basu’s article titled, ‘China-Japan-US triangle: Abe’s balancing act’ has been published in ‘The Interpreter’ (Lowy Institute) on February 21, 2020.

      February 21, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article titled, ‘India’s Northeast is the gateway to greater Indo-Pacific engagement’ has been published in East Asia Forum on January 31, 2020.

      India’s Northeastern states - a strategic plank situated between Delhi and Southeast Asia over the Bay of Bengal - anchor the convergence of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision and India’s Act East policy. The article explores the contours of India-Japan cooperation in terms of infrastructure financing in the Northeast, one of the key frontiers in India’s Indo-Pacific engagement.

      January 31, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article on Japan, titled, ‘Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia' was published in ‘The Diplomat’ on January 17, 2020.

      January 17, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s article titled, ‘India in Japan’s Strategic Thinking: Charting Convergences in the Indo-Pacific' was published in The Diplomat on January 03, 2020.

      January 03, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Titli Basu’s research paper titled, ‘Geo-economic Contest in Southeast Asia: Great Power Politics through the Prism of Trade, Investments and Aid’ was published in The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy, edited by Takashi Inoguchi, 465-499. London: SAGE Publications, 2019.

      December 16, 2019
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: KW Publishers
      The Korean Peninsula, which constitutes one of the strategic pivots of Northeast Asian security, has remained a contested theatre for major powers. Denuclearisation of the Peninsula is unfolding as one of the most defining challenges in shaping regional security. The end state in the Peninsula and how it is to be realised is debated amongst the stakeholders. This book aims to situate some of the critical issues in the Korean theatre within the competing geopolitical interests, strategic choices and policy debates among the major powers. This volume is an endeavour to bring together leading Indian experts including former Indian ambassadors to the Republic of Korea, senior members from the defence and strategic community to analyse the developing situation in the Korean Peninsula.
      • ISBN: 978-93-89137-15-6,
      • Price: ₹.1280/-
      • E-copy available
    • While Japan envisions its role as a leading promoter of rules-based liberal international order, the G20 tested Japan’s leadership in championing the cause of trade liberalisation and resisting protectionism.

      July 12, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • As the East Asian regional order becomes fragmented, how is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managing Tokyo’s strategic interests within the US-Japan-China relations?

      January 17, 2019
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s research article, ‘Debating Security in Japan ’ was published in The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 2018, 533-557.

      December 03, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Three key developments unfolded in Japan in August 2018: the Ministry of Defence (MOD) released its annual Defence White Paper; requested a 2.1 per cent increase in the 2019 budget; and instituted an Exploratory Committee on the Future of Self Defence Forces (SDF) with the objective of reviewing the current National Defence Program Guidelines (NDPG) and the Mid-Term Defence Program (MTDP). Analysing these developments in the backdrop of Prime Minister Abe’s top priorities—managing the United States (US)-Japan alliance under the Trump Presidency and delivering on the ‘great responsibility’ of redefining Japanese post-war security orientation—unpacks Tokyo’s key challenges. These are, essentially, balancing between sharing greater burden within the alliance framework to ensure regional security on one hand, and weighing regional sensitivities and deeply fractured domestic constituencies on the other.

      Journal of Defence Studies