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  • Vishnu Subramanian asked: What are the key challenges facing the East Asia Summit and what are its future prospects?

    Raviprasad Narayanan replies: There are several key challenges facing the East Asia Summit (EAS):

    First, EAS is beholden to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as progenitor of this regional forum. Mahathir Mohamad, current Prime Minister of Malaysia, is considered to be behind the idea of EAS. The inclusion of the United States and Russia was designed to accommodate two belligerents in the past, currently with a suspicious outlook vis-à-vis each other.

    Significance of India’s Act East Policy and Engagement with ASEAN

    With Prime Minister Modi emphasizing India’s commitment to the early conclusion of a balanced and comprehensive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at the ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore in November 2018, India has clearly articulated the importance of trade and investment in enhancing prosperity and security of the Indo-Pacific.

    December 04, 2018

    ASEAN-India: Challenges in Economic Partnership

    Reciprocity and mutual understanding on common concerns will help both ASEAN and India to overcome some of the challenges facing their relationship.

    February 01, 2018

    The India-ASEAN Partnership at 25

    A stronger partnership and enhanced cooperation should be prioritised by both sides if the full potential of this engagement is to be realised.

    January 04, 2018

    Preventive Diplomacy and the Role of Civil Maritime Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia

    Southeast Asia’s international shipping lanes (ISL) are essential to the economic security of the Asia-Pacific region. Maintaining good order at sea serves to protect regional trade and can be achieved through collaboration between civil maritime security agencies (coast guards). Japan and China both have significant coast guard capabilities and diplomatic influence in the region that could be harnessed to promote civil maritime security cooperation with the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    January 2017

    Anurag Gondhalekar asked: What is the significance of the Pacific region for India? Why is India increasing its engagement with the Island nations of the Pacific?

    Udai Bhanu Singh replies: A new element of India’s Act East policy has been the extension of India’s Look East policy beyond the ASEAN, with emphasis on strengthening ties with 14 Pacific island countries. The 14 prominent Pacific island countries are: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Niue, Vanuatu, Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

    I. Yaipha asked: What is the role of ASEAN in resolving regional disputes such as the one in South China Sea?

    Sampa Kundu replies: The territorial disputes revolving around the South China Sea came into focus in the 1990s as China began to claim almost the entire South China Sea region on the basis of historical records. China’s claim has since been challenged by smaller Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. Indonesia too has few issues especially regarding the Nansha Islands.

    Delhi Dialogue VII : ASEAN-India Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda

    Delhi Dialogue VII : ASEAN-India Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press

    This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VII held in March 2015. It epitomizes the growing dialogue between India and ASEAN at all levels. Delhi Dialogue brings together practitioners, corporate leaders, opinion makers, academics and journalists, every year, to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest and concern that animate the India - ASEAN relationship. Discussions held at the Delhi Dialogue, subsequent to ASEAN Commemorative Summit issuing the ‘Vision Statement’ in 2012, provide a good insight into the likely scenarios and possible trends in the post-2015 era.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-845-3,
    • Price: ₹. 995.00
    • E-copy available

    Suchak Patel aked: Since it is said that infrastructure gap is the main problem India faces in integrating with the ASEAN, so what are the key infrastructure projects undertaken by India as part of its ‘Act East’ policy and their likely future advantages?

    Udai Bhanu Singh replies: Though there is more to the India-ASEAN integration such as the people-to-people connectivity, cultural exchange, etc., but physical infrastructure is critical as a catalyst for other interactions including economic (trade and investment). The ‘Act East’ policy is expected to provide an impetus to the infrastructure projects under implementation from India's northeast and India's eastern seaboard.

    The Rohingyas: Security Implications for ASEAN and Beyond

    The Rohingyas: Security Implications for ASEAN and Beyond

    In the last two months, the large-scale exodus of Rohingyas towards the coastlines of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia has been a concern not only for the region but also for the international community.

    May 29, 2015