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THE WORLD UNDER SIEGE: TRANSITION OR COLLAPSE?

Vol. 24 No. 3., Autmn (July-September) 2020
ETHNIC CONFLICTS IN SOUTH ASIA : IMPEDIMENTS TO REGIONAL INTEGRATION

For long, South Asia has been an epicentre of conflicts including ethnic, political, religious and social clashes. Mohd Amin Mir and Zulafqar Ahmed examine why ethnic conflicts have emerged in South Asia, their repercussions on societies and states, their impeding of regional cooperation and the best way forward for reaching solutions.

Author: Mohd Amin Mir and Zulafqar Ahmed
INDIA IN THE HIMALAYAN LANDSCAPE : SECURITY CONCERNS AND APPROACHES

Manoj Kumar Mishra reviews the evolution of India’s policies towards its smaller Himalayan neighbours Nepal and Bhutan. China’s rising profile in the region and growing interaction with all regional states has whetted their appetite for greater independence from Indian influence. New Delhi must be mindful of the sensitivities of the two strategically situated and landlocked former protectorates, which Beijing seeks to involve gradually in its foreign cooperation projects.

Author: Manoj Kumar Mishra
INDIA–JAPAN RELATIONS UNDER MODI 1.0 : EXPLORING POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SECURITY COOPERATION

Through the concept of balancing as advocated by the Theory of Realism, Pavan Kumar analyses the current realities of the rise of China and its impact on India and Japan. After exploring the history of India–Japan relations from 1947 to 2014, he assesses the status of the friendship in the five years of the first Modi government through specific agreements, speeches and statements.

Author: Pavan Kumar
CHINESE NAVAL STRATEGY : THE INFLUENCE OF ADMIRAL MAHAN’S THEORIES OF SEA POWER

 

If the influence of geography on politics (geopolitics) is a useful key to understand international relations, the factor of water (hydropolitics) is even more important. Michael M Gunter focuses on one small but important aspect of hydropolitics and assesses the influence of US Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan’s theories of sea power on contemporary Chinese naval strategy.

 

Author: Michael M Gunter
SOUTH KOREA’S TRILATERAL IMPERATIVE : FACING UP TO THE NEW COLD WAR IN NORTHEAST ASIA

 

South Korea has become so heavily dependent on trade with China that its security interests and economic needs seem set on a collision course. According to Songok Han Thornton and William H Thornton, there has been a growing awareness of this dilemma on the conservative side of South Korea’s political divide, but the ruling Democratic Party and its affiliates remain in broad denial of the problem.

 

Author: Songok Han Thornton and William H Thornton
THE RECESSION, ITS IMPACT AND INDIA’S RESPONSE

 

Rohit Kenge and Zafar Khan delve into the concept of recession to understand the current dynamics of the Indian economy. They examine why the 2008–09 recession had a lesser impact on India whereas the 2019–20 one has had a high impact. They put forth a strategy for reducing the effects of the current recession and also analyse it as a business opportunity for exploring new arenas.

 

Author: Rohit Kenge and Zafar Khan
INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM : THE CONCEPTUAL DIMENSIONS

 

Throughout history, terrorism has been used by diverse groups in support of various causes. Shreya Goswami and Kriti Bhatia provide an insight into the efforts made to tackle terrorism through various international conventions and conclude with suggestions for further measures that should be taken to combat it.

 

Author: Shreya Goswami and Kriti Bhatia
THE PRIVATISATION OF WATER IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES : THE INFLUENCE OF TRANSNATIONAL ACTORS

 

Arjuman Naziz analyses the extent to which transnational actors exert influence on local policies to privatise water services and argues that the perception of water as a free natural resource, easily available to a community, plays a key role in the resistance against transnational actors.

 

Author: Arjuman Naziz
PUBLIC SERVICE REFORMS IN AFRICA : A CRITIQUE OF WILLY MCCOURT’S “MODELS OF PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM”

 

John Olushola Magbadelo reviews World Bank consultant Willy McCourt’s paper entitled “Models of Public Service Reform: A Problem Solving Approach”, which is widely used as a theoretical framework by other World Bank officials and points out gaps in their perceptions. Accordingly, he shows why attempts at reforming African institutions by non-African experts have had scant success in improving the quality of the services provided to the populations of their respective countries.

 

Author: John Olushola Magbadelo
NIGERIA’S POLICY ON INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS

 

Nigeria’s search for a durable solution to the problem of internally displaced persons so far has resulted only in the drafting of a national policy. Steve Ross Omisore, Olufemi Abifarin and Amade Roberts Amana argue that the policy statement must not be dismissed cursorily but rather should be regarded as a formulation of state practice. They also investigate the current scenario, where the rights and obligations in the national policy appear to have cohorts in binding treaties and national laws.

 

Author: Steve Ross Omisore, Olufemi Abifarin and Amade Roberts Amana