India's Emerging Partnerships in Eurasia: Strategies of New Regionalism. By Nivedita Das Kundu

This book also tries to describe and debate various aspects providing historical background, literary discourses and the present dynamics of the region.

The objective of this Book is to focus on the significance of Eurasian states for India in the regional framework as well as in the context of international power politics and economics. It has been argued that the States of Eurasia are occupying a central place in the international and regional politics and is also a significant factor for connecting East with the West. This volume attempts to provide a meaningful and a critical contribution in comprehending the bilateral and multilateral relationship between India and the Eurasian states, focusing mainly on India's relations with Russia, Central Asia and South Caucasus region. This volume also looked into the possible energy cooperation, transport linkages and the security concerns emanating from the region. This book has four main chapters besides introduction. The key idea behind this book is to bring forth the insights, which helps in understanding the new geo-political reality and security dynamics of the region.

This Book is a part of the research project conducted under the auspicious of the Center for Joint Warfae Studies (CENJOWS) and United Service Institution of India (USI). This study unravels the discourse prevailing on the Emerging Partnerships between India and the Eurasian States is framed under the label of new regionalism. The broad aims and objective of this Book is to investigate into Eurasia’s relevance for India and its significance in the regional/international power politics and economics. The general discourse is that in the 21st century, Eurasia’s geopolitical relevance is on rise. The region has major stakes in the geopolitics of oil and gas, security issues, climate change and power dynamics of major states. The study tried to explore the historical linkages, focusing on the institutional connections, highlighting the policies that underpin such region-building approaches.

This study is considerably based on field work and primary source materials collected from the countries concerned. While conducting this research the study adopted various tools, like interviews taken from relevant academics, policy makers and strategic analysts, served as an important source of information for providing perspectives both in terms of facts and documents. The range of the respondent types was substantially large, thus, making the study more objective and empirical. Relevant information was also gathered from various government reports, books, research papers and local newspaper articles, etc. Efforts were made to enlist the help of Central Asian, Russian, South Caucasian as well as Indian scholars and bureaucrats to the advantage of data collection and perspective building. Though considerable quantitative data was gathered the essential thrust of the research was made through the qualitative technique and methodology used was historical and analytical in nature.

The Introduction outlines the objective of this Book focussing on the significance of Eurasian states for India in the regional framework as well as in the context of international power politics and economics.

Chapter 1, is on the Geostrategic Significance and Bilateral Relations focuses on India and the Eurasian states of Russia, Central Asia and South Caucasus close ties that have been continuing over the period of time in number of spheres. However, there are still many glaring weaknesses in India’s policy and approach towards the region. India and the countries of Eurasia i.e. Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus are determined to strengthen the cooperation matching with the historical connections in the contemporary era. However, there is a need to review and re-energise its efforts to manage the new set of challenges, to ensure the security and to improve the connectivity with each other.

Chapter 2, examines the Silk Route Connectivity and the Regional Transport Corridors, this chapter examines the process of revival of the ancient Silk Route connectivity for improving the linkages that could increase the regional cooperation and can be considered as a major tool for transport and trade developments. This Chapter emphasizes that there are major markets that surrounds these land-locked countries of Eurasia, can be connected easily through these viable routes as these linkages are expected to increase the regional cooperation and can be considered as a major tool for transport and trade development.

Chapter 3, discusses on the Energy Security and the Development Strategies issues, this chapter stressed on India and the Eurasian States need for greater and more focused attention for the security concerns, on the energy issues and on the development strategies in its foreign energy and security policies.

Chapter 4 focused on the Network Diplomacy and the Rise of New Regional Organisations, this Chapter tried to discuss that India and the Eurasian states need to move towards a strategic vision for building the missing Asian architecture. In this Chapter it was accentuated that India and the Eurasian countries of former Soviet States can work closely to use all existing and nascent regional initiatives such as SCO, BRICS, RIC, CICA, CAREC, EurAsEC, Customs Union, Eurasian Union etc. for strengthening cooperation with each other. The volume also provides Recommendations and Future Scenarios to widen perspectives and explore uncertain aspects of the future to formulate policies and look for new opportunities in the regional framework.

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