Sunday, June 8, 2014

India and ASEAN : Diversity, Democracy and Diplomacy (6 June 2013)

In This Playlist:

India and ASEAN : Diversity, Democracy and Diplomacy - Part 1 (6 June 2013)
India and ASEAN : Diversity, Democracy and Diplomacy - Part 2 (6 June 2013)


India and ASEAN have their distinct identities - India is an emerging economy and ASEAN a successful regional grouping of ten independent states of Southeast Asia (ASEAN and Southeast Asia are often understood synonymously). Geographically, both are large in size and population. India's 1.2 billion people and ASEAN's 650 million constitute nearly one-third of the global population. With India's location at the centre of northern Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia straddling both the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, they are strategically placed to command a key role in the geopolitics and geo-economics of the Indo-Pacific.

India and Southeast Asia have had civilizational contacts going back to millennia. Sharing similar historical experience of colonialism, they have today embarked on an accelerated path of socio-economic development. Last December, the two celebrated their twenty years of dialogue partnership. There are high expectations for each other even as they build their relationship based on complementarities and mutual interests.

Mr Devare will explore three pertinent factors to understanding the evolving relationship between India and ASEAN -- Diversity, Democracy and Diplomacy.

About the Speaker 

Mr Sudhir T Devare is the former Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, one of the oldest think tanks in India. He was Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs and was closely associated with India's 'Look East' policy initiative with the Asia-Pacific in 1998-2001. Over a diplomatic career spanning more than three decades, he served in India's Missions abroad in Moscow, Washington, Sikkim, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives. Mr Devare was Ambassador of India to South Korea from 1985 to 1989. He served as Ambassador to the newly Republics of Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia from 1994 to 1998 and was Ambassador to Indonesia. He had led Indian official level delegations to conferences on ASEAN dialogue partnership. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board, New Delhi (2001-03); Vice-Chairman of Research and Information System (RIS) of Developing the Countries in New Delhi (2002-06); Fellow of the Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Cambridge, U.S.A (2007-08); and Member of Eminent Persons' and Experts' Group, ASEAN Regional Forum. He was the Visiting Professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre of East Asian Studies, New Delhi in 2002 and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2003-06). He was the member of the India Chapter of Council for Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific (CSCAP) from 2002-06. Mr Devare is the author of a book 'India and Southeast Asia: towards Security Convergence' published by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore and Capital Publishing co., New Delhi. He also edited a book 'A New Energy Frontier: the Bay of Bengal Region' published by ISEAS, Singapore and Manohar Publishing co., New Delhi. He co-edited a book 'Emerging China: Prospects of Partnership with China' by Routledge Publishers and 'Delhi Dialogue III' published by Manohar Publishing co. New Delhi.

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